- By Roberta Gellis

Bone of Contention

  • Title: Bone of Contention
  • Author: Roberta Gellis
  • ISBN: 9780765300195
  • Page: 436
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Bone of Contention Magdalene la B tarde obeys William of Ypres her great patron as a vassal obeys his overlord even though William would have a laughing fit if he knew how she felt However when King Stephen summons h

    Magdalene la B tarde obeys William of Ypres, her great patron, as a vassal obeys his overlord even though William would have a laughing fit if he knew how she felt However, when King Stephen summons his barons to a great council in Oxford, William can smell the stink of treason and William has enemies who might spread that stink over him He needs a safe place to talk tMagdalene la B tarde obeys William of Ypres, her great patron, as a vassal obeys his overlord even though William would have a laughing fit if he knew how she felt However, when King Stephen summons his barons to a great council in Oxford, William can smell the stink of treason and William has enemies who might spread that stink over him He needs a safe place to talk to friends and cajole enemies, so he summons Magdalene What could be less political and innocent than visiting a favorite whore Magdalene knows she will find trouble in Oxford, but she doesn t expect that it will be murder or that the threat against William will come through the naming on one of his men, Niall Arvagh of Murcot, a killer No one believes Niall would stab a man in the back, not even so gross and disgusting a creature as Aimery St Cyr But this is a special case Did Niall kill St Cyr because he claimed to be betrothed to the pretty heiress Loveday of Otmoor, whom Niall wanted for himself Or as rumor claimed, did Niall kill on orders of his master, William of Ypres, for political reasons William bids Magdalene untangle the ugly mess, which makes her grateful that Sir Bellamy of Itchen has been ordered to attend the Council and will escort her to Oxford Bell says he is willing to try to discover whether Niall is innocent but can Magdalene trust him completely this time A dangerous complication has arisen Has Bell become so jealous of William that his sense of justice could be overwhelmed Fortunately, Magdalene still has friends in Oxford whores and barmaids who will bring her news and help her pick the strands of romance apart from the rope of treason and reweave them into a net to entangle a murderer.

    1 thought on “Bone of Contention

    1. As with the two previous books in this mystery series, I'm fascinated by the lead characters (an educated "whoremistress", the women who work for her, and the men in her life), I love the writing, and I love being immersed in 12th-century England for a while. But much of the time, I can't follow the political machinations involving church and crown that are usually involved in the murder at hand. As a result, I never do quite grasp how Magdalene figures out the solution to the mystery. Perhaps i [...]

    2. Magdalene's protector Lord William of Ypres summons her to Oxford to set up a secret meeting place during a King's Conference. Working out of a less classy whorehouse than her own, Magdalene and Sir Bellamy maneuver to get Lord William's man Sir Niall safely married to an heiress; then track down the killer of the man who tried to take Sir Niall's heiress by fraud. Meanwhile King Stephen is pulling off a fraud of his own. Lord William and Magdalene try desperately to nip a civil war in the bud. [...]

    3. Just picked this up because it's a mystery and I like history also. Very good story and interesting heroine who owns a whorehouse. Quite an education. Things were a bit different in the 12th century - the heroine rents her house from the church and it's located just behind the church. I guess "business is business" in that day and age. The historical details are fascinating.

    4. In Bone of Contention Magdalene, her protector William of Ypres & her lover Sir Bellamy of Itchen end up in Oxford during a furiously political council of barons called by King Stephen in 1134. Barons & nobles great & small scheme against one another for Stephen's favor: the politics are thick in this book (and in 1134!).I frankly got a little lost in the politics, even having a better-than-average background on the era, largely because the characters spend so much time speculating o [...]

    5. The power of a strong woman.Every man needs a loyal sounding board, as every woman has need of r protector, complimenting their different but separate lives when their paths demand it.

    6. I am really enjoying this series, and the characters keep getting more and more interesting. I appreciate the interweaving of historical events, although I thought some of the exposition was a little clumsier in this installment than in some of the others.

    7. Amazing history lessonThe action never stops in this book. The explanations involving the politics and society of the times are fascinating. From forged betrothal papers to treason, its all here.

    8. Excellent series from my favorite author!!! LOVE her Roselynde Chronicles and the Regency group (associated characters) are finely researched and she paints the colors wonderfully. I have read ALL of the books MULTIPLE times.

    9. The overall mystery is good. I would have given this a higher rating except the sex language and some of the content was unnecessary and rather disgusting.

    10. This a great series, but this one included so much history and politics that the characters got lost a little.

    11. I like this series, but this one starts getting a little dry. I like history, but do people REALLY talk that much about the government/monarchy ALL the time????

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