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Sins of the Blood by Margaret Frazer

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Susan
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Sins of the Blood by Margaret Frazer

Postby Susan » Sat March 23rd, 2013, 1:38 pm

Sins of the Blood by Margaret Frazer

This is a collection of one short story and two novellas featuring Dame Frevisse from Margaret Frazer's mystery series. I've only read the first full-length novel so far and I was somewhat disappointed with this book because I wanted more. The last novella, The Stone-Worker's Tale, was the most intriguing and I wish this had been a full-length novel. Frevisse was visiting her cousin Alice, Duchess of Suffolk as her tomb was being constructed. Alice was a real person and her tomb is at St. Mary's Parish Church, Ewelme, Oxfordshire. She has an interesting genealogy: granddaughter of the writer Geoffrey Chaucer and grandmother of the de la Poles whose Yorkist descent (from their mother who was a sister of Edward IV and Richard III) caused a couple of them to be imprisoned and one of them to be beheaded.

The book also contained a wonderful description of the Abbey of St. Frideswide, the setting of the full-length novels featuring Frevisse (but not the setting of the short story or the novellas). I wish a map of the abbey had been included. In addition, a large part of The Novice's Tale, the first in the Dame Frevisse series, is included.
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Postby annis » Sat March 23rd, 2013, 6:39 pm

Alice is a significant character in Susan Curran's excellent but neglected novel The Heron's Catch, which features Alice's husband, William de la Pole, Earl of Suffolk, and his circle.

Although there isn't a map of St Frideswide's in Sins of the Blood, Margaret Frazer did provide the maps she sketched for her own reference on her website
http://www.margaretfrazer.com/map/

Frevisse's St Frideswide's is fictional and shouldn't be confused with the real St Frideswide's, which was originally a nunnery founded by seventh-century Anglo-Saxon noblewoman/saint Frithuswith. It was burnt down during the St Brice's Massacre of 1002. It was rebuilt on the same site in 1122 under the auspices of Henry II as a Priory of Augustinian canons. It has a fascinating history and the monastery church still exists as Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford. The name Frevisse, btw, is a variant of Frithuswith.
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Susan
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Postby Susan » Sat March 23rd, 2013, 7:20 pm

"annis" wrote:Alice is a significant character in Susan Curran's excellent but neglected novel The Heron's Catch, which features Alice's husband, William de la Pole, Earl of Suffolk, and his circle.


Just did a quick online search and that book seems nearly impossible to find. Brian Wainwright gave it an excellent review on Goodreads.
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annis
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Postby annis » Sat March 23rd, 2013, 8:33 pm

I don't know why someone doesn't reissue Susan Curran's historical novels - both are very good (as far as I know she only wrote the two) - Mouse God (set around the siege and fall of Troy) and Heron's Catch. She also wrote a non-fic. biography of William de la Pole called The English Friend, but I haven't read that. I didn't have any trouble picking up copies of her novels via online auction sites, but that was some years ago.

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Susan
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Postby Susan » Sat March 23rd, 2013, 8:46 pm

"annis" wrote:Although there isn't a map of St Frideswide's in Sins of the Blood, Margaret Frazer did provide the maps she sketched for her own reference on her website
http://www.margaretfrazer.com/map/


Thank you, Annis! Now I will re-read the description with the maps.
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Amanda
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Postby Amanda » Sat March 23rd, 2013, 9:40 pm

"annis" wrote:Alice is a significant character in Susan Curran's excellent but neglected novel The Heron's Catch, which features Alice's husband, William de la Pole, Earl of Suffolk, and his circle.



Funny....I was reorganising some books the other day and saw this book and thought that I would have to bump it up the TBR list!

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Susan
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Postby Susan » Mon April 1st, 2013, 1:00 am

I noticed on our own boswellbaxter's blog that she has a guest post on Alice de la Pole, Duchess of Suffolk on another blog. Very interesting!

http://sarahshistoryblog.wordpress.com/2013/03/30/alice-chaucer-guest-post-by-author-susan-higginbotham/
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annis
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Postby annis » Sat April 6th, 2013, 7:13 pm

Thanks, Susan- it is very interesting. Our Alice was no slow-poke when it came to seeing to her own (or her son's) interests!


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