The Squire's Tale

The Squire's Tale Margaret Frazer
  • Title: The Squire's Tale
  • Author: Margaret Frazer
  • ISBN: 9780425182710
  • Page: 322
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Squire's Tale Margaret Frazer The Squire s Tale Robert Fenner was forced to marry Lady Blaunche years ago Now in he is being forced toward warfare over the property to which she wrongfully claims ownership He must also decide whom a wealthy
    Robert Fenner was forced to marry Lady Blaunche years ago Now, in 1442, he is being forced toward warfare over the property to which she wrongfully claims ownership He must also decide whom a wealthy young heiress, who has captured his heart, must marry Drawn from her nunnery s contemplative quiet, Dame Frevisse must see that justice is done.
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    About Margaret Frazer


    1. Margaret Frazer is a pen name used at first by Mary Monica Pulver Kuhfeld and Gail Lynn Frazer writing in tandem for a series of historical medieval mysteries featuring Dame Frevisse After the sixth novel, the works are written by Gail Frazer alone, and the name has subsequently been used exclusively by her A second series of novels by Ms Frazer set in the same time and place feature the player minstrel Joliffe.See also Monica Ferris, Mary Monica PulverSeries Sister Frevisse Joliffe


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    1. Set in 15th century England, this book gets high marks for historical accuracy, strong and affecting characters, and a clever plot The investigative lead is Dame Frevisse, a Benedictine nun with a good intellect and razor sharp observational skills Readers who don t like deep setting, deftly layered characterization, and a murder that doesn t actually happen until the start of the last third of the book, should avoid it Seriously, the first two thirds is all developing the multiple characters an [...]

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    2. I was somewhat disappointed in this book,I do not think that it lived up to her usual standard She devoted way to much time and pages to the Fenner family problems and squabbling.The real mystery and the solving of the murders all finally took place in the last 40 or so pages.The first 130 pages could have been condensed down to a much smaller size.There certainly needed to be some background laid but, not 140 pages worth.

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    3. Another excellent peek into medieval life, in and out of the abbey I especially appreciated the details of where everyone slept These households with all these servants and companions were really cramped And I can t imagine having two other people sleep on trundle beds in my room in case my husband or I needed something in the night

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    4. This is the first of the Sister Frevisse mysteries where almost all of the story takes place away from St Frideswide nunnery The story was intriguing and as usual I learned a great deal of history of times in the 1400 s As usual there is a whole cast of characters, with pretty good development of each of them, of course there is a murder in this one, fairly late in the story and sister Frevisse is called upon to solve the mystery This is the first one that I read that I figured out the guilty pa [...]

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    5. Tenth in the Dame Frevisse medieval mystery series revolving around Dame Frevisse, a nun in a Benedictine order in 1442 England.My TakeI do love how easy it is to sink into the time period in Frazer s Dame Frevisse stories The language, the architecture, the food, the dress, the manners, and the legal system when it comes to marriage and wards.Thank god for today s customs as I would have hated being a commodity to be traded and used I believe it s this attitude against women and men that made m [...]

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    6. This is a book in a series featuring the main character apparently, and I ll be reading others in this series because I enjoyed this one a lot I ve always loved mysteries set in medieval times and this one was very well written After a slow start, it held my interest all the way to the exciting conclusion.

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    7. Another winner from the Dame Frevisse series I don t share in the criticism that too much time was spent on the family background before the murder and resolution occurred, I enjoyed the family history and well drawn characters as always, I learned a lot about life during this time period and new vocabulary words as well

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    8. The Squire s Tale is the tenth in the Dame Frevisse series of medieval mysteries by Margaret Frazer The year is 1442, during the reign of King Henry VI of England, and the squire in question is Robert Fenner who encountered Dame Frevisse in an earlier mystery and became a friend but whose life has changed considerably since their last encounter Fenner escaped poverty by marrying Lady Blaunche, the wealthy owner of several manors They have small children, and Blaunche is pregnant again and highly [...]

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    9. This may be my favorite book of the series so far I realize now that most of the books will familiarize us with characters and situations and build up tensions for than half the book, and then Dame Frevisse will solve a murder with far acuity and alacrity than I could imagine possessing in those circumstances Since I like that structure, it seems obvious that what I really like is the setting and the characters The mystery is an excuse to read the rest, and the solution is both obvious and und [...]

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    10. It was a pleasure reading The Squire s Tale, which takes Dame Frevisse and Dame Claire OUT of their beloved St Frideswide s nunnery during the Lenten Season and to Brinskep, the home of Sir Robert and Lady Blaunche Their ward Katherine, had been at the nunnery for safekeeping after an attempt was made to force her into marriage Now, she must be returned home and the nuns are asked to accompany her When they arrive at Brinskep, Dame Frevisse is caught up in a whirlwind of family problems as well [...]

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    11. My least favorite of the Dame Frevisse novels The reason that draws Dame Frevisse and Dame Claire away from the comfortable routine of St Frideswide s is flimsy, and Dame Claire s willingness to be kept away past Easter is not credible A last minute confession from the murderer wraps everything up in a neat bundle at the end and feels a bit rushed Add to that the plethora of hysterical, screaming, crying, and moaning women, and the result is a bit of a muddle The pacing is a bit off, too, with t [...]

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    12. Emotionally overwrought at times, this book still delivers on character development and sense of a particular time, a particular place, and a particular family Interestingly the murder does not happen until very close to the end of the book yet despite that and despite the fact the solution to the murder is a bit manufactured yet oddly predictable, the book is very satisfying as a story independent of the mystery Reading the book is like spending time in the middle ages than trying to solve a m [...]

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    13. Another in this superior series of medieval mysteries, this one featuring the state of Medieval marriage in the upper middle classes Robert Fenner, someone Dame Frevisse became friends with in an earlier mystery, was forced into a lopsided marriage his had status and money that attracted the favor of Fenner s guardian Now he is trapped, falling in love with his much younger ward He chooses the path of honor, but situations force him into violent confrontation with a neighbor over an estate his w [...]

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    14. First time reading a book by this author I was underwhelmed by it mostly The mystery part didn t start till page 189 or so That s a lot of pages of character and plot development for a pretty simple issue and people a man has a wife who he doesn t really love and who s overly dramatic in behavior going mad and has to resolve an issue over land And of course, it has a happy ending However, I did appreciate the historical accuracy of arbitrations and medicine as the author points out at the end of [...]

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    15. Sister Frevisse is a wonderful character and Frazer s books are rich with Medieval period detail Other books I ve read in the series enchanted me with Frevisse s grumpy intelligence and I think my negative reaction to this addition to the series is that there just isn t enough of Frevisse I love learning about her life as a nun, tempered by just enough worldliness that she has a fur lined cloak and well connected relatives.I won t give up on Frazer s fascinating Medieval mysteries, but I gave up [...]

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    16. The love story at the centre of this made me nauseous, so that mostly explains the two star rating But this was one of the novels in this series which didn t really go anywhere the characters wee all stereotypes, the plotting was inane and the whole package pretty boring A missed opportunity to look, I think, at how people successfully make compromises with strained relations in a property above all world.

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    17. Again, an absorbing depiction of life in the Middle Ages and also great character development I was immediately drawn into the story and it kept my interest throughout I like the way minor characters reappear in later books and take certain stage as the reader finds out how their lives turn out I will be sorry to reach the end of the series

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    18. This is among the best of the Sister Frevisse mysteries, with plenty of insight into medieval household life and some interesting characters, especially the self centered Lady Blaunche Sister Frevisse s character and idiosyncracies develop over the course of the books, which is a difficult thing in a long series like this I like it that she gets a little crotchety as she gets older.

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    19. Sometimes it works when you put off the murder until the book s almost done This time it didn t really I also didn t like the main romance it felt exploitative and icky to me, even though the narrative clearly loves Robert The death at the end left me sick to my stomach, and the happy ending coming on top of it turned it even Not my favorite Frevisse book.

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    20. This was an excellent read, very engrossing It seems also to reflect the time period fairly accurately, from what I know The murder happens fairly late in the book, and is resolved very quickly, perhaps some what quickly then I would have preferred, but it was still a very satisfying ending, and a well thought out mystery

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    21. I didn t enjoy this as much as the other Dame Frevisse novels I ve read The pacing is off, with the murders happening near the end and the detection rushed the murderer is not a fully fleshed out character and is given little motivation to kill and scant common sense and the penultimate scene was far too harrowing.

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    22. 10 in the Sister Frevisse series, and one of the best books in the series yet though the mystery takes a long while to be developed, there is character development and suspense leading up to two murders and an unexpected suspect, tied in with property arbitration.

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    23. An intricate story of people s lives, and detailed than some of the other Sister Frivisse novels, but a weak murder mystery and few if any surprises Still, it was an interesting book difficult to put down Frazer is excellent reading for medieval history buffs.

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    24. The research comes across a bit heavily, rather like Georgette Heyer s My Lord John and I love lots of Heyer s other novels, so will give Frazer the benefit of the doubt here Four stars for the sake of one very moving scene.

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    25. I read a bunch of these a few years and then lost interest Can t remember why, these are well written and have a lot of historical detail woven into the story Excellent for historical fiction mystery buffs.

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    26. Recently introduced to the Sister Frevisse mystery series I enjoyed The Squire s Tale, specifically I am beginning to enjoy the character of Sister Frevisse although not quite with the same enthusiasm as a Miss Marple or Nancy Drew or Aimee Leduc Cara Black, author but not bad.

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    27. loved it very lively ringing with human historical truth

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    28. Quite entertaining, with enough red herrings to make it interesting There s a bit of a romance thrown in, but still, it s quite good.

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    29. Dame Frevisse medieval mystery, 10

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    30. It took several chapters before I really got into this story If someone has not read anything by Frazer, I don t recommend starting with this book.

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