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A Burnable Book - Bruce Holsinger
A Burnable Book
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In Chaucer's London, betrayal, murder, royal intrigue, mystery, and dangerous politics swirl around the existence of a prophetic book that foretells the deaths of England's kings. London, 1385. Surrounded by ruthless courtiers—including his powerful uncle, John of Gaunt, and Gaunt's artful... show more
In Chaucer's London, betrayal, murder, royal intrigue, mystery, and dangerous politics swirl around the existence of a prophetic book that foretells the deaths of England's kings.

London, 1385. Surrounded by ruthless courtiers—including his powerful uncle, John of Gaunt, and Gaunt's artful mistress, Katherine Swynford—England's young, still untested king, Richard II, is in mortal peril, and the danger is only beginning. Songs are heard across London—catchy verses said to originate from an ancient book that prophesies the end of England's kings—and among the book's predictions is Richard's assassination.

Only a few powerful men know that the cryptic lines derive from a "burnable book," a seditious work that threatens the stability of the realm. To find the manuscript, wily bureaucrat Geoffrey Chaucer turns to fellow poet John Gower, a professional trader in information with connections high and low. Gower discovers that the book and incriminating evidence about its author have fallen into the unwitting hands of innocents, who will be drawn into a labyrinthine conspiracy that reaches from the king's court to London's slums and stews—and potentially implicates his own son. As the intrigue deepens, it becomes clear that Gower, a man with secrets of his own, may be the last hope to save a king from a terrible fate.

Medieval scholar Bruce Holsinger draws on his vast knowledge of the period to add colorful, authentic detail—on everything from poetry and bookbinding to court intrigues and brothels—to this highly entertaining and brilliantly constructed epic literary mystery that brings medieval England gloriously to life.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780062240323 (0062240323)
ASIN: 62240323
Publisher: William Morrow & Company
Pages no: 444
Edition language: English
Series: John Gower (#1)
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sensitivemuse
sensitivemuse rated it
3.0 Recommended for Hist fic lovers who love twists and turns
Definitely not a book to be read in a quick setting. Are you into literary figures? Historical fiction? Historical mystery filled with spies and intrigue? Something that takes place in the Middle Ages? All of the above in one book? Sure! Let’s take it! I’d have to say, there can be no better descrip...
Tannat
Tannat rated it
3.5 Didn't blaze through it...
This book took me a surprisingly long time to get through. I liked it, but somehow it just wasn't absorbing. While I was reading it, I found myself interested in the story and the characters, but when I set it down, I didn't feel an immediate compulsion to pick it up again. So a book I was expect...
Summer Reading Project, BookLikes Satellite
Summer Reading Project, BookLikes Satellite rated it
3.5 A Burnable Book, by Bruce Holsinger
As Bruce Holsinger portrays London, Southwark, and Westminster in A Burnable Book, you can't swing a cat without hitting three plotters. In this novel, the plots begin with a book of prophecies that claim to predict the deaths of all the English kings from William the Conqueror to Richard II. Of cou...
Sanne
Sanne rated it
3.0 a Burnable Book (Bruce Holsinger)
This book is highly enjoyable, the writer clearly has talent and I can't wait to see what he has in store for us next. However, it feels like a debut novel. I had some difficulty with the writing in the beginning of the book. It didn't flow very well and was a bit of an obstacle for me getting into ...
Carpe Librum
Carpe Librum rated it
4.5 Review: A Burnable Book by Bruce Holsinger
This is a finely written novel that will pull you in and keep you guessing until the very end. I listened to this on audiobook, so there were a few times that I thought I must be getting close to the end only to be surprised by another plot twist. I am not a great reader of mysteries, so I will not ...
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