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Magdalene la Batarde
Books in series4
(4.1 based on 492 ratings)
  • 1

    A Mortal Bane

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Roberta Gellis
    • Narrated By Nadia May
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    Magdalene la Batarde is the madam of the Old Priory Guesthouse in Southwark. She and her women are expected to engage in a number of sinful activities, but bloody murder isn't one of them until Baldassare, the messenger, dies. Though Baldassare isn't a regular client of the Old Priory Guesthouse, Magdalene and her women refuse to allow his death to go unavenged. Of course, their efforts aren't completely altruistic.

    Jim says: "Delightful"

    A beautifully crafted historical mystery, which gives a real sense of the period, while maintaining a tight and intriguing story line. The characters..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 25 2005 by Jim (OxfordUnited Kingdom)
  • 2

    A Personal Devil: A Magdalene la Bâtarde Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Roberta Gellis
    • Narrated By Nadia May

    In 12th century London, Magdalene la Bâtarde is the madam of the Old Priory Guesthouse in Southwark. She is not in the least bit sorry to learn that Bertrild, the unpleasant wife of Master Mainard, is dead. Bertrild was insulting to most people. She made threats, using terrible revelations as a weapon against those who would not bow down to her demanding ways.

    A User says: "A life medieval"
    A life medieval

    The Gellis' books have brought to life the many details of a 12th century life that are often overlooked by the academic accounts. And again, she bri..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 31 2007 by A User ()
  • 3

    Bone of Contention

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Roberta Gellis
    • Narrated By Nadia May

    Magdalene la Batarde knows there is trouble brewing in Oxford, with King Stephen bringing together his great council, and her patron, William of Ypres, immediately summoning her. But she never expected it would involve murder.

    Sharon says: "Strongly recommended"
    Strongly recommended

    An excellent book with a strong sense of time and place. The history and plot were so well intertwined that changing the time period would have invali..Show More »

    Reviewed on October 19 2004 by Sharon (Paducah, KY, USA)
  • 4

    Chains of Folly: A Magdalene la Batarde Mystery, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Roberta Gellis
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden

    That Nelda Roundheels had been murdered would have been of little interest to anyone - except that her body turned up in the bishop of Winchester's bedchamber with a letter to the bishop, from the king's most important enemy, rolled up in her breastband. The bishop and his knight, Sir Bellamy of Itchen, realize immediately that the purpose of putting the body in Winchester's bedchamber is to embarrass and discredit the bishop. And the reason for this attack on Winchester is his calling of a convocation to chastise the king for acting high-handedly against the bishop of Salisbury.

    Joy says: "Deserves more credit than it's getting"
    Deserves more credit than it's getting

    I grabbed CHAINS OF FOLLY as soon as I saw it was available, in spite of the beating the new reader was taking from listeners. The Magdalene la Batard..Show More »

    Reviewed on June 09 2013 by Joy (Portland, OR, United States)