For not only is Theodosia's virtue at stake, so too is the secret she unknowingly carries - a secret he knows Fitzurse will torture out of her. Now Palmer and Theodosia are on the run, strangers from different worlds forced to rely only on each other as they race to uncover the hidden motive behind Becket's grisly murder - and the shocking truth that could destroy a kingdom.
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By R. J. Gladden on 27-12-14
Right roistering roller coaster of a story
One of the difficulties with audio books is that you don't get to see the names written down. This isn't a problem with modern, everyday names. But when we leap back to medieval times and talk about the heroine of this book,Theodosia, then things get difficult to handle.
This book swept along at a fast pace, from Canterbury Cathedral, up to Yorkshire (I think, though I could be wrong) down to one of the southern ports and then to France, well then, things can tend to get a little confusing.
The book deals with a period of history with which I am fortunately familiar and therefore I managed to keep abreast of the plot although there is an interesting twist on the death of Thomas A'Beckett which I have not heard before.
I enjoyed this book and I shall probably listen to the next one as I love the hero and heroine of this book particularly the afore mentioned Theo whatsit but I did feel sometimes that James Langton's performance was a bit panto'ish particularly with the women's voices but perhaps I am being overly critical.
Read it or listen to it. Don't take it seriously just enjoy it!
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By Pat on 28-03-14
Tale of historical murder and unexpected love
This story gives us a different view of what might have taken place in Canterbury when Thomas Becket was murdered. Sir Benedict Palmer is a mercenary who is trying to raise himself out of the poverty he has always lived in. He goes on a mission that will indeed give him a great purse with which to give him the life he thinks he wants. The mission is with 4 other knights and concerns the arrest of Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket. King Henry has had a disagreement with him and many in England consider Becket a traitor because of it. The arrest turns into murder and is witnessed by Theodisia, a young nun. She is then kidnaped by the knights. As it turns out though there is much more to her than Palmer thinks and she was not accidentally taken. She is not just a nun. It quickly becomes apparent that once they get to the castle of one of the four knights she will most likely not survive. Palmer is her only hope.
Her faith is all she has known since she was very young and she struggles with being out in the world as she had expected never to do so. She was to be the Anchoress of Canterbury. Palmer carries her on his horse for the journey to the castle and they begin to develop a relationship along the way. Since she never expected to be with a man as other women are she is unprepared for the feelings she is beginning to have. A real struggle rages inside of her. Their feelings for each other develop slowly but are handled very well. There are several twists and turns and of course some ups and downs. The Fifth Knight is not who you think it is. That really did surprise me but fit just perfectly into the storyline.
James Langton did a really good job or narrating the book. His voices were a very good mixture and easy to identify the characters. The women's voices were well done also. I felt like he had a real feeling for the characters and was not just reading them like some do. I will look for more from him.
The book is 11 1/2 hours but so worth your time. Don't hesitate to buy this one.
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By Marie on 05-01-15
I wanted to kill the heroine myself
It has been along time since I have encountered such an annoying, self righteous, prig of a heroine as Theodosia. I don't care if she is a nun/anchoress. If I had been Sir Palmer, I would have left her to the bad guys to steam alive. I am half way through and don't know if I can finish. I might throw my Kindle against the wall soon.
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