- By Candace Robb

The Cross-Legged Knight

  • Title: The Cross-Legged Knight
  • Author: Candace Robb
  • ISBN: 9780446691666
  • Page: 166
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Cross Legged Knight York England October of A series of accidents is making William of Wykeham bishop of Winchester paranoid than usual Terrified that the family of a wealthy knight wants to assassinate him he

    York, England, October of 1371 A series of accidents is making William of Wykeham, bishop of Winchester, paranoid than usual Terrified that the family of a wealthy knight wants to assassinate him, he requests the aid of Owen Archer, the master spy But Archer s concerns are for his own wife, Lucie, who recently lost the child she carried Then a fire breaks out at tYork, England, October of 1371 A series of accidents is making William of Wykeham, bishop of Winchester, paranoid than usual Terrified that the family of a wealthy knight wants to assassinate him, he requests the aid of Owen Archer, the master spy But Archer s concerns are for his own wife, Lucie, who recently lost the child she carried Then a fire breaks out at the bishop s town housed the body of a murdered woman turns up in the charred ruins Now forced to investigate Wykeham s case, the one eyed agent soon finds himself entangled in a dark scheme that involves knights, bishops, even kings This plot can bring death into his very home unless Archer sets a trap so cunning that no killer, no matter how influential and powerful, can ever escape.

    1 thought on “The Cross-Legged Knight

    1. I came to number eight in the series late due to cost. Then, finally, the two Owen Archer books I had yet to read became available on Kindle Unlimited. These books are rich in historic detail, something I appreciate. A death mixed with fire present complicated mystery to untangle for Owen and Lucie who is physically and emotionally hurting throughout the tale after a recent miscarriage.

    2. The two things I like about this book series are Lucie and Owen and the medieval feel of the book. In this book (#8) the relationship between Lucie and Owen is tested with some post-natal depression. Lucie lost a child, but that depression is still a problem even though she lost the child through a miscarriage. By the end of the book the relationship is strong, but with the hint that maybe the depression will return. The medieval talk and sense of place continues with no 21st century speech.The [...]

    3. I really enjoyed the help that Owen got in this bookI enjoyed the characters of York helping out in this book. Owen's family members and neighbor helped too. This was a big change from the last two. It was great to have Owen working at home.

    4. I couldn't decide how to rate this one but choose to go with the high points as it did keep me reading at a quick pace, eager to see the conclusion. It was well researched, the historical points that have some question were decided clearly. I enjoyed a couple of the characters immensely, especially The Riverwoman, Magda. There was a bit too much physical description of nastiness for my taste but it surely put me right into the moment! The main trouble for me was Owen Archer himselfI'm not too su [...]

    5. The Cross-legged Knight by Candace Robb in the 8th in the Owen Archer series. This is one of my favorite medieval mystery series because Candace Robb not only evokes the 14th c city of York in such detail, but has managed to create such interesting characters (both fictional and historic) who develop from one book to another. The title comes from the legend that knights who have been on a Crusade were often depicted with crossed legs. As in her previous books, Robb manages to introduce history w [...]

    6. This book had been on my to-read list for so long, that I no longer have any recollection why it made it on there in the first place. Somebody must have recommended it to me, and I'm a bit puzzled as to why, as it turned out (half way through the book) that it's the 8th book in a series!!! Thankfully the books seem to be only very loosely connected, so the lack of a background didn't matter too much.It was an okay story, but I'm really not big on whodunnits, so it only gets an "average" rating f [...]

    7. Owen is home and has been for a while. Lucie has lost a pregnancy due to a fall and is quite depressed even some time later worrying most everyone. A friend's father has died in captivity after the ransom to the French went awry. The family blames the Bishop of Winchester and Owen is forced to protect him from unseen threats from the Lancastrian allies of the family. A fire at a home the bishop rents out kills a woman who once helped Lucie. Lucie and Owen are out of sync which is annoying given [...]

    8. This is my first Owen Archer novel, although I think its the sixth in the series. I was able to jump right in without an issue; despite the fact that there was so much rich history behind these characters.This was a very good medieval mystery with some raw emotion and some slow healing between the main characters. I found it fairly realistic and entertaining. Some characters were especially endearing (like Magda) and have obviously been part of the pre-existing storyverse.

    9. Another recommendation from work I loved the characters and the historical details plus the fact that it's set in a city I know quite well and intend to visit again this summer. Managed to find the first in the series in a charity shop, will be taking on my trip to Cornwall next week. Did find the title rather amusing, visions of a desperate knight in his armour kept springing to mind :-D

    10. I love the Owen Archer mysteries and I can't remember the last time I read one. This one kept me guessing. It was a little depressing because Owen and Lucie go through some tough emotional times, but that adds to the realism.The story takes place among the secular and sacred worlds of 14th-century York and weaves an interesting mystery.

    11. This is a wonderful book. Well written and meticulously researched, with references at the end should the reader choose to spend some time with the source texts. The story is compelling and riveting and shows a good balance between the facts of life in the middle ages and the suspense and analysis involved in a good murder mystery. Definitely worth the time spent reading it!

    12. I love Candace's historical fiction (as Emma Campion), and this book was likewise thoroughly researched and flawlessly situated in its historical context. The story didn't excite me, though. I gave it a try, but I am really not into mysteries.

    13. Historical mystery set in York, 1371. Owen Archer is given the task of protecting a visiting bishop. There's a fire, death, deceit.

    14. another Owen Archer Mystery. Set in York Owen must solve the mystery of the fire in Bishop Wykeham's building and who caused the death of Cisotta.

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