Friday, August 7, 2015

Blood Royal by Eric Jager

Blood Royal: A True Tale of Crime and Detection in Medieval Paris by Eric Jager -323 pages

In 1407 Paris, Louis of Orleans, the French king's corrupt brother, was brazenly assassinated in the street. The provost of Paris, Guillaume de Tignonville, investigated the crime and soon determined the man who ordered the killing was also a member of the royal family. This revelation set in motion a series of tragic events for France culminating in foreign invasion and civil war. The narrative shifts focus from the assassination early on as de Tignonville was brushed aside by the powerful perpetrator of the crime. The pace picks up at the end as the reader learns the fate of the loyal de Tignonville at the battle of Agincourt. This book is an interesting look into a decaying Medieval society that valued status over justice or security from foreign threats.

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