Blood Royal

Blood Royal

A True Tale of Crime and Detection in Medieval Paris

Book - 2014 | First edition
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On a chilly November night in 1407, Louis of Orleans was murdered by a band of masked men. The crime stunned and paralyzed France since Louis had often ruled in place of his brother King Charles, who had gone mad. As panic seized Paris, an investigation began. In charge was the Provost of Paris, Guillaume de Tignonville, the city's chief law enforcement officer, and one of history's first detectives. As de Tignonville began to investigate, he realized that his hunt for the truth was much more dangerous than he ever could have imagined. A rich portrait of a distant world, BLOOD ROYAL is a gripping story of conspiracy, crime and an increasingly desperate hunt for the truth. And in Guillaume de Tignonville, we have an unforgettable detective for the ages, a classic gumshoe for a cobblestoned era.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, [2014]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316224512
Branch Call Number: 944.026 Jage
Characteristics: 323 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: The provost
The châtelet
The mad king's brother
The house in the Rue Vielle du Temple
A cold, dark night
Post mortem
A mass for the dead
The inquiry
A break in the case
Rival dukes
A confession
The justification
Amende honorable
Civil war
The scourge of God


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Jul 28, 2015

The disadvantages of depending on a divine right of royalty: a mad king, feuding cousins terrorizing the peasants, and butchering thugs looking for traitors in the city. The book gives the back story on why the Burgundians were against Joan of Arc.


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Aug 16, 2014

A fascinating episode in French history, thoroughly researched and finely written, "Blood Royal, features one of history's first detectives. The detective solves a conspiracy to assassinate a member of the French royal family in 1407. Details of which were described on a thirty-foot parchment scroll."


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Aug 16, 2014

“If you really want to reenact the Middle Ages, then you should drink contaminated water, contract the plague, and die very quickly.” — Eric Jager


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