1268: Oxford is forced to play host to the Tartars, a tribe from the East whose deeds have wreaked havoc in France and Germany. When it appears the Tartar ambassador is murdered in cold-blood, Falconer takes the case....
|Title||:||Falconer and the Great Beast|
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Falconer and the Great Beast Reviews
This installment of the case studies of Master William Falconer, Master Regent of Aristotle Hall in Oxford, sees him trying to solve the mysterious murder of the Tartar Ambassador to the English royal Court in the medieval equivalent of the locked room. Many hate and fear these fearsome warriors but who is responsible? Sir Hugh Leyghton whose beloved older brother Geoffrey, a Templar Knight, was cut down by the Tartars at the Battle of Leignitz? Brother Bernard who was a friend of Geoffrey and a fellow Templar? French Templar Knight Guillaume de Beaujeu who just happens to be in town in disguise? or someone from the Tartar camp? Difficulties in bridging the cultural and linguistic gaps slow our sleuth but do not deter him. A fully fleshed and sensory exploration of Oxford in 1268, far from the pristine academic idyl it now is. I highly recommend it.
Ian Morson's "Falconer and the Great Beast" is the 5th entry into Morson's Medieval mystery series based in 1268 in Oxford. His protagonist is William Falconer, Regent Master at Oxford. The Beast in the title is an aging beast that the town finds strange - an elephant - King Henry III's elephant. This is an interesting book; with the introduction of Mongol warriors into Medieval Oxford, there is a high degree of mistrust on both sides. While this story is not as exciting as some of the books in this series, it is still certainly worth reading.Here, the Oxford community must play host to the Tartars, a tribe from the East whose deeds have wreaked havoc on Christian Knights in the past. The Tartars claim their mission is a peaceful one; they merely wish to gain audience with the king. However, when the Tartar ambassador is found dead, it looks like cold-blooded murder. Our favorite Oxford teacher and cleric Falconer is on the case once more.An interesting stylistic note is seen as Morson skillfully draws parallels between Oxford's suspicion of the Tartars and the townspeople's attitudes toward the aging elephant; both entities are alien to the simple English townsfolk, who regard the interlopers with a mixture of fear and awe fueled by wild imagination. I really like this series and the main characters, especially Falconer and his friend the town constable, Peter Bullock. So if you like Medieval monastic mysteries, this is certainly one to try.
An interesting book,with the introduction of Mongol warriors into Medieval Oxford. Not as exciting as some of the books in this series,but worth reading.
A nice entry to the series, good suspense and a decent payoff.