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The Merchant's Tale

Oxford Medieval Mysteries, Book 4
Narrated by: Philip Battley
Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
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Oxford, Autumn 1353

St. Frideswide's Fair is a great annual event in Oxford, bringing together merchants and buyers from all over England and Wales, and from as far away as Flanders and France. Yet the earnings from the fair, granted to the Priory of St. Frideswide centuries before, are resented by the town, and resentment can turn to violence.

Under the unscrupulous Prior de Hungerford, even more trouble is brewing. Nicholas Elyot is warned by intelligencer Alice Walsea that attendance at the fair may be used for something more sinister, and not all French merchants may be innocent.

When a merchant from Flanders is attacked and an English traitor is murdered, can Nicholas disentangle the crimes hidden under cover of the fair?

©2017 Ann Swinfen (P)2017 Ann Swinfen

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4th in remarkable hist. fiction mystery series

I am fast becoming a fan of Ann Swinfin's. The novels have a humanity and comfort that for me is reminiscent of Ellis Peters' Brother Cadfael mysteries. The mysteries are well-crafted, well-researched, and don't generally exceed the technology of the day. They are also believable.

I also enjoy that, while the story is complete in itself, there is also an over-arching "history" that is consistent from book to book. We see children growing and relationships develop.

A lovely series that I would recommend to most people.

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Excellent Read - love this series!

Interesting and engaging characters with a real flavor of Medieval life. I've read each book in the series and they each just got better and better. The narrator was especially good, too.

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Engaging stories

This is the 4th book in the series and is as engaging and fun to read as the first three, suitable for younger readers as well as older. The plots are well arranged, the characters are lively and believable, and the narration well-paced and easily understood.

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  • Shep's mummy
  • 10-09-18

Book 4 of a fantastic series

I have just finished the 4th book in this series. The stories are without doubt not only enjoyable but give a glimpse of what life was like at that time. Now for book 5!!!

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  • Jennifer Chennell
  • 12-05-17

Pleasent read

these books are a gentle pleasent read. i would recommend that they are read in order.

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  • 10-16-17

Great read.

lovely story. mystery romance and history. can't wait for the next. I trult enjoyed it.