"Priscilla Royal understands the human heart, the medieval mind,
and how to ratchet up the suspense with each turning page."
—Sharon Kay Penman, NYT bestselling author
Welcome to thirteenth century England where our assumptions about the medieval world may be shaken and the inhabitants of those distant centuries begin to resemble friends, neighbors, and even family. As a writer of historical mysteries, I want to honor the past by allowing characters to speak and act within the context of their world but without making the mistake that everyone thought and behaved exactly the same. Language and fashion may change, but human nature does not. And keep in mind that what is the past to us was the immediate present to our ancestors, just as today will be history to our descendants.
Elegy to Murder, the 16th in my series featuring Prioress Eleanor and Brother Thomas of the Order of Fontevraud, is now available!
The roads near Tyndal Priory are filled with happy pilgrims returning from St. Walstan's feast day.
But all is not joyful. Prioress Eleanor's loved ones are suffering. Signy, the local innkeeper, is quarreling with her suddenly rebellious foster son. Gytha, Crowner Ralf's wife, suffers failing health while her husband hunts smugglers on the distant North Sea coast. Brother Thomas remains moody and aloof. She longs to help them all, but disaster strikes. An itinerate carpenter is badly beaten. A pilgrim is murdered near the priory walls...
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"History is the essence of innumerable biographies."
—Thomas Carlyle, "On History," 1838