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Dispensation of Death: (Knights Templar 23)

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DISPENSATION OF DEATH
Michael Jecks

Copyright © 2007 Michael Jecks

The right of Michael Jecks to be identified as the Author of the Work has been asserted by him in accordance with the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.

Apart from any use permitted under UK copyright law, this publication may only be reproduced, stored, or transmitted, in any form, or by any means, with prior permission in writing of the publishers or, in the case of reprographic production, in accordance with the terms of licences issued by the Copyright Licensing Agency.

First published as an Ebook by

Headline Publishing Group in 2014

All characters in this publication are fictitious and any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

Cataloguing in Publication Data is available from the British Library

eISBN: 978 1 4722 1984 8

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Contents

Title Page

Copyright

About the Author

Also by Michael Jecks

Praise

About the Book

Dedication

Maps

Cast of Characters

Glossary

Author’s Note

Chapter One

Chapter Two

Chapter Three

Chapter Four

Chapter Five

Chapter Six

Chapter Seven

Chapter Eight

Chapter Nine

Chapter Ten

Chapter Eleven

Chapter Twelve

Chapter Thirteen

Chapter Fourteen

Chapter Fifteen

Chapter Sixteen

Chapter Seventeen

Chapter Eighteen

Chapter Nineteen

Chapter Twenty

Chapter Twenty-One

Chapter Twenty-Two

Chapter Twenty-Three

Chapter Twenty-Four

Chapter Twenty-Five

Chapter Twenty-Six

Chapter Twenty-Seven

Chapter Twenty-Eight

Chapter Twenty-Nine

Chapter Thirty

Chapter Thirty-One

Chapter Thirty-Two

Chapter Thirty-Three

Chapter Thirty-Four

Chapter Thirty-Five

Chapter Thirty-Six

Chapter Thirty-Seven

Chapter Thirty-Eight

Chapter Thirty-Nine

Chapter Forty

Chapter Forty-One

Chapter Forty-Two

Chapter Forty-Three

About the Author

Michael Jecks gave up a career in the computer industry to concentrate on his writing. He is the founder of Medieval Murderers, has been Chairman of the Crime Writers’ Association, and helped create the Historical Writers’ Association. Keen to help new writers, for some years he organised the Debut Dagger competition, and is now organising the Aspara Writing festival for new writers at Evesham. He has judged many prizes, including the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger. Michael is an international speaker on writing and for business. He lives with his wife, children and dogs in northern Dartmoor.

Michael can be contacted through his website:
www.michaeljecks.co.uk
.

He can be followed on twitter (@MichaelJecks) or on
Facebook.com/Michael.Jecks.author
.

His photos of Devon and locations for his books can be found at:
Flickr.com/photos/Michael_Jecks
.

Also by Michael Jecks

The Last Templar

The Merchant’s Partner

A Moorland Hanging

The Crediton Killings

The Abbot’s Gibbet

The Leper’s Return

Squire Throwleigh’s Heir

Belladonna at Belstone

The Traitor of St Giles

The Boy-Bishop’s Glovemaker

The Tournament of Blood

The Sticklepath Strangler

The Devil’s Acolyte

The Mad Monk of Gidleigh

The Templar’s Penance

The Outlaws of Ennor

The Tolls of Death

The Chapel of Bones

The Butcher of St Peter’s

A Friar’s Bloodfeud

The Death Ship of Dartmouth

Malice of Unnatural Death

Dispensation of Death

The Templar, the Queen and Her Lover

The Prophecy of Death

The King of Thieves

No Law in the Land

The Bishop Must Die

The Oath

King’s Gold

City of Fiends

Templar’s Acre

Praise

‘Michael Jecks is the master of the medieval whodunnit’ Robert Low

‘Captivating … If you care for a well-researched visit to medieval England, don’t pass this series’
Historical Novels Review

‘Michael Jecks has a way of dipping into the past and giving it that immediacy of a present-day newspaper article … He writes … with such convincing charm that you expect to walk round a corner in Tavistock and meet some of the characters’
Oxford Times

‘Great characterisation, a detailed sense of place, and a finely honed plot make this a superb medieval historical’
Library Journal

‘Stirring intrigue and a compelling cast of characters will continue to draw accolades’
Publishers Weekly

‘A tortuous and exciting plot … The construction of the story and the sense of period are excellent’
Shots

‘This fascinating portrayal of medieval life and the corruption of the Church will not disappoint. With convincing characters whose treacherous acts perfectly combine with a devilishly masterful plot, Jecks transports readers back to this wicked world with ease’
Good Book Guide

About the Book

The twenty-third novel in Michael Jecks’s medieval Knights Templar series.

1325: England is a hotbed of paranoia under the reign of the increasingly unpredictable Edward II and his lover, Sir Hugh le Despenser. When the Queen’s lady-in-waiting is slaughtered and a man’s body, hideously mutilated, is discovered behind the throne, King Edward demands to be avenged.

Sir Baldwin de Furnshill is appointed to track down the killer, aided by his friend, Simon Puttock. But in an age of corruption, the knight and bailiff must fight to stay alive. And Baldwin and Simon soon learn that while their failure to find the murderer will carry its own peril, uncovering the truth may also be fatal.

This book is for Quintin Jardine and Eileen.

The best company.

West London and Thorney Island

Thorney Island 1325

Cast of Characters
Sir Baldwin de Furnshill
– the keeper of the King’s Peace in Devon, and occasional investigator of crimes, Baldwin has become a Member of Parliament
Jeanne
– Sir Baldwin’s wife and only recently mother of his son
Simon Puttock
– the first friend Sir Baldwin made when he returned to his old manor at Furnshill, Simon was Bailiff to the old Abbot of Tavistock
Margaret
– Simon’s wife
Rob
– for the last few months Simon has been the Keeper of the Port of Dartmouth under the Abbot, and Rob is his servant from that town
In London
King Edward II
– the feeble and feckless King of England from 8 July 1307 to 20 January 1327
Queen Isabella
– wife to King Edward II
Peter of Oxford
– Chaplain to the Queen
Earl Edmund of Kent
– also known as Edmund of Woodstock, the Earl was the King’s youngest half-brother
Piers de Wrotham
– Earl Edmund’s adviser and spy
Sir Hugh le Despenser
– the King’s best friend and reputed lover, Sir Hugh became a tyrant in all but name
Ellis Brooke
– Sir Hugh’s most trusted henchman, Ellis has been with him for many years
William Pilk
– a loyal servant to Sir Hugh, William detests Ellis and looks forward to taking his post
Jack atte Hedge
– Jack has known Sir Hugh for many years and is now used as a specialist – an assassin
Lady Eleanor de Clare
– niece to King Edward II,
Eleanor is wife to the Despenser
Alicia
– one of Lady Eleanor’s companions, Alicia has become a lady-in-waiting to the Queen
Mabilla
– sister to Ellis, Mabilla is one of the Queen’s ladies-in-waiting
Richard Blaket
– a known and trusted guard from inside the palace complex
Arch
– the guard from the southeast corner of the palace walls
Bishop Walter de Stapledon
– hated by much of the country, the Lord High Treasurer has long been a friend of Simon and Baldwin
Bishop John Drokensford
– Bishop of Bath and Wells, John is one of many who is sure that the tyranny of Despenser must soon be ended – by any means
Bishop Roger Martival
– the Bishop of Salisbury, and another important and powerful cleric in the politics of the day
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