The King's Bishop (Owen Archer Mystery)

by Candace Robb | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 0312146388 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingbookstogivewing of Springville, Tennessee USA on 11/30/2016
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Journal Entry 1 by wingbookstogivewing from Springville, Tennessee USA on Wednesday, November 30, 2016
In winter of 1367 Owen Archer is called upon to investigate his own friend Ned who has fallen in love with a servent of Alice Perrers, mistress of the King. Ned is accused of killing a page in the household of Sir William of Wyndesore after the two exchanged words, but he swears that he did not do the crime. It seems the crime might hit close to the throne and the Archbishop would lkie nothing better than to see Mistress Alice removed from court, but how to investigate without arrising the ire of the King himself?

Owen would like to believe his friend but Ned is making it hard to do so.

This was another good one in the series.

Journal Entry 2 by wingbookstogivewing at Orem, Utah USA on Monday, December 05, 2016

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Journal Entry 3 by cmbohn at Orem, Utah USA on Saturday, December 17, 2016
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Journal Entry 4 by cmbohn at Orem, Utah USA on Wednesday, January 04, 2017
Welshman Owen Archer lost an eye during the war between England and France. The whole story is recounted at least once in every book, although sometimes rather briefly. A one-eyed archer isn’t very effective, so he was offered a position as a spy for John Thoresby, Lord Chancellor of England and Archbishop of York. Archer accepts the job, not realizing that he has forged a relationship which will send him all over the country and determine the course of his future.

Archer’s disability seems to have become merely a fact of life, as far as how he deals with it. He wears an eye patch and he can get around just fine. But when another character asks him if he misses his other eye, Archer replies that he thinks about it every single day. Given the violent nature of war and the primitive state of medicine, such an injury would have been common. What’s remarkable, IMO, is that he survived the treatment and went on to have a productive life. He often worries about what people think when they see him, and in fact, many characters recognize him by this disfigurement. But his baby girl doesn’t even seem to notice, which is about the way most babies would react IRL.

This is the 4th book in the series and it revolves around a political struggle between the pope and king. By now, Archer is married and working as apprentice to his wife the apothecary. A young page dies while his master is visiting the archbishop and his death might just link back to treason against the crown.

I felt like this one had lots of people, lots of talking, and not as much of the historical detail that makes medieval books good. The whole political situation was just confusing and dull. I appreciate that all the main characters are based on actual historical figures, including the Archbishop, King Edward III of England, his mistress, Alice Perrars, and others. But I was just lost in the political maneuvering. It probably didn’t help that I was a little distracted while reading this one, but I don’t think I’ll read any more by this author.

Journal Entry 5 by cmbohn at Alta View Hospital - 9000 South and 1300 East in Sandy, Utah USA on Wednesday, January 04, 2017

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