By Paul Doherty
1284 and Edward I is scuffling with a traitorous stream based through the past due Simon de Montfort, the insurgent who misplaced his lifestyles on the conflict of Evesham in 1258. The Pentangle, the movement's underground society whose participants are identified to perform the black arts, is assumed to be in the back of the obvious suicide of Lawrence Duket, one of many King's unswerving matters, in revenge for Duket's homicide of 1 in their supporters. The King, deeply suspicious of the affair, orders his wily Chancellor, Burnell, to seem into the problem. Burnell chooses a pointy and shrewdpermanent clerk from the courtroom of King's Bench, Hugh Corbett, to behavior the research. Corbett - along with his manservant, Ranulf, past due of Newgate - is rapidly drawn into the tangled politics and darkish and unsafe underworld of medieval London.
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He asked. "Or was it murder? Duket, " he continued, not waiting for an answer, "Duket was a goldsmith and vintner. A man of good family and influential friends. He was also a loyal subject of the King and supported His Highness during the recent troubles. " He stopped and looked at Corbett, who knew too well what the "recent troubles" were. In 1258 almost thirty years ago, civil war had broken out between Simon de Montfort, Earl of Leicester, and Henry III, the present King's father. Indeed, the Lord Edward had first joined the rebels against his father before seeing the wisdom of fighting for a cause which threatened his own future livelihood, namely the crown of England.
Hugh grinned at the fat, generous face. He had always liked de Guisars, who made little attempt to hide his acquisitiveness. "No, Master Goldsmith, " he replied. "I have come to check your stewardship and draw monies from you. " The goldsmith's disappointment was almost laughable. He regarded Corbett as a good customer who always deposited money and rarely drew on his stock. A mysterious man really, the goldsmith thought, looking at the clerk's dark, gaunt face and hooded eyes. The clerk was quite wealthy but lived sparsely in some garret in Thames Street.
It was already dark. The last desperate tradesmen, eel-sellers and water carriers, were trying to squeeze as much trade as possible out of the day. The streets were emptying. Children pulled indoors, apprentices putting up the boards and setting out the horn lanterns, as ordered by the City Fathers to give some poor light to the streets at night. Corbett felt a gloom over the city and recalled Burnell's words about old quarrels festering like pus in the streets and alleyways of the city. He bought a penny loaf from a baker's last batch and snatched mouthfuls of it as he walked up Fish Street, picking his way around the puddles and heaps of rubbish, trying to block out the rank smell from the fish stalls.
Satan in St. Mary's by Paul Doherty