An elderly pilgrim dies in Hawkenlye Vale. Nothing suspicious about that: he was gravely ill when he arrived. Meanwhile Josse d'Acquin has a visit from Prince John.
Accompanied by his seer, the Prince urgently seeks news of a stranger, Galbertius Sidonius.
Hurrying to Hawkenlye Abbey to enlist the Abbess Helewise's help, Josse finds that she has a problem of her own: a decomposing body has been discovered.
Naked, and killed by an expert hand. Josse's brother, Yves, arrives; a visitor at Acquin has been asking for the brothers' father, Geoffroi, who went to Outremer with King Louis and Queen Eleanor.
Josse, Yves and the Abbess are hurled into a mystery whose roots stretch back much further than the Second Crusade. And, watching them with his strange dark eyes, is the enigmatic figure of the Prince's Magister...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 320 pages, n/a
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
- Publication Date: 23/06/2003
- Category: Historical mysteries
- ISBN: 9780340793305