Falconer's Crusade

Falconer s Crusade Oxford University in the savage murder of a young girl kindles a frenzy of suspicion between privileged students and impoverished townspeople And when one of Falconer s students who may have wi

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  • Title: Falconer's Crusade
  • Author: Ian Morson
  • ISBN: 9780312956974
  • Page: 262
  • Format: Paperback
  • Oxford University, in 1264, the savage murder of a young girl kindles a frenzy of suspicion between privileged students and impoverished townspeople And when one of Falconer s students who may have witnessed the crime narrowly escapes being beaten to death by a lynch mob, the Regent Master rushes to his defense.

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    1. I found the second book in the series in a used book store, and I loved it. So I looked for the first entry in the series, “Falconer’s Crusade,” and I loved it. Being a fan of historical novels, I thought it had a clever premise, good characterization, and a plot that kept one engrossed. Ian Morson’s “Falconer’s Crusade” is the first in a series that improves as it develops as a series (I read book 2 first). Morson seems to have a firm grasp of the setting of his mysteries and many [...]

    2. Falconer's Crusade is a pretty pallid attempt at historical crime fiction. Set in 13th century Oxford, during the Second Barons' War, it follows the university master William Falconer as he attempts to solve the murder of a young woman. Morson seems to confuse bundles of quirks and unusual characteristics with three-dimensional characterisation. There is no inner life to Falconer or his new student Thomas, and the murder mystery isn't complex enough to compensate for that deficiency. Perhaps for [...]

    3. This view of the beginnings of Oxford University was very enlightening. I found the depictions of interactions among academics, townspeople, and outsiders to be solid. The desire to figure out who was committing the murders kept me going even when I found many of the characters to be unlikeable. When I read the end notes explaining what is historically known of each of them, I was surprised as I hadn't realized so much was based on real people and events.

    4. Falconer is scholar in Oxford in the 13th century, just at the time of Simon de Montfort the younger's revolt against Henry III. He investigates the death of a young servant girl, which leads to several other deaths. They turn out to be linked to a Cathar Bible and Earl Simon's father's leadership of the Albigensian Crusade which destroyed the Cathars, or more exactly, created the political framework for their destruction. The hero is rather self-consciously progressive for his era, believing in [...]

    5. My sister gave me this book a long time ago and I just found it while I was packing up my books for moving.William Falconer is the Master of Aristotle House in Oxford in the year 1264, the year of the student riot at Smith Gate. England is plunged in civil war and a young maidservant is murdered on the streets of Oxford.It is a good glimpse into medieval university life and that was what I found most compelling. also interesting is the portrait of the Jewish population of Oxford as the mystery t [...]

    6. Master William Falconer tinkers with bird skeletons in a vain attempt to understand the princeples of flight in 1264 while Simon de Montfort prepares to challenge the authority of Henry III. Things are uneasy in Oxford and theres a lot of politics making some very strange bedfellows.When a servant girl is savagely murdered and Thomas Symon is a serious suspect as well as Falconer's student he feels it necessary to investigate and what he finds brings in heresy and a lot of politics.It's an inter [...]

    7. The setting for this mystery is 13th century Oxford. Regent Master William Falconer is the amateur detective using Aristotelian logic to solve his cases. Descriptions of 'collegiate life' of the time are very interesting and the mystery itself wasn't bad, but I wasn't as taken by this book as I was hoping to be. For fans of the genre of medieval mysteries, it's worth trying and I will probably read a couple more in the series before I come out with a definitive 'yea' or 'nay' on it.

    8. This was a good read. I liked the historical setting, which was very educational (if indeed it was historical). I had no idea that anti-semitism was so violent in merry old England. The main characters were well done and the plot well written. I'm looking forward to my 'guide' lending me more in this series.

    9. I had read that this book was no longer in print but found it on BWB and snatched it up immediately.I had never read any of this series but had heard about the "Medieval Murderers" and wanted to try out one from each writer. I think I have found a new batch of favorite authors. I love historical mysteries. Looks like i'm going to have to make room under the bed for more books.

    10. Very choppy and with a side character you hope will get knocked unconscious early on so he can stop being such a drip. "Hey, I nearly got killed doing this yesterday. I think I'll do it again today!"

    11. What an interesting way to learn history, this one with the background of the conflicts that resulted in the monarchy of Edward I. The mystery's fun to read, with what feels like well researched details about the way people lived--and died--in Medieval England.

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