By Bruce Holsinger
In Chaucer's London, betrayal, homicide, royal intrigue, secret, and unsafe politics swirl round the lifestyles of a prophetic booklet that foretells the deaths of England's kings. Bruce Holsinger's A Burnable Book is an impossible to resist historic mystery such as the classics An example of the Fingerpost, The identify of the Rose, and The red Petal and the White.
London, 1385. Surrounded via ruthless courtiers—including his strong uncle, John of Gaunt, and Gaunt's crafty mistress, Katherine Swynford—England's younger, nonetheless untested king, Richard II, is in mortal peril, and the risk is just starting. Songs are heard throughout London—catchy verses acknowledged to originate from an historical ebook that prophesies the top of England's kings—and one of the book's predictions is Richard's assassination.
Only a number of robust males comprehend that the cryptic traces derive from a "burnable book," a seditious paintings that threatens the steadiness of the area. to discover the manuscript, wily bureaucrat Geoffrey Chaucer turns to fellow poet John Gower, a qualified dealer in info with connections low and high. Gower discovers that the ebook and incriminating facts approximately its writer have fallen into the unwitting arms of innocents, who should be drawn right into a labyrinthine conspiracy that reaches from the king's courtroom to London's slums and stews—and very likely implicates his personal son. because the intrigue deepens, it turns into transparent that Gower, a guy with secrets and techniques of his personal, could be the final desire to avoid wasting a king from a bad fate.
Medieval student Bruce Holsinger attracts on his immense wisdom of the interval so as to add colourful, genuine detail—on every thing from poetry and bookbinding to courtroom intrigues and brothels—to this hugely interesting and brilliantly developed epic literary secret that brings medieval England gloriously to life.