The King's Bishop (Owen Archer Mystery)
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Owen would like to believe his friend but Ned is making it hard to do so.
This was another good one in the series.
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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.
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