Image of A Burnable Book: A Novel


Image of A Burnable Book: A Novel

With a treasure trove of historical details, medieval scholar Holsinger provides a rich reading experience. There is plenty of court intrigue, but the commoners and women of the street steal the show with their resourcefulness and determination. The clues of the mystery are somewhat confusing, and the list of characters and royal family tree in the book help keep the characters straight.

It’s 1385, and various factions in England and Italy are conspiring to assassinate King Richard II. Everyone is chasing after a book that prophesies the death of English kings, including Richard. The book is handed off to a prostitute who unknowingly wanders onto the scene of an attack, and who then witnesses the death of the carrier. John Gower, attorney and professional trader in information, and his fellow poet Geoffrey Chaucer are drawn into the search for the book and the traitors as the bodies of prostitutes and city officers start turning up. (WILLIAM MORROW, Feb., 464 pp., $25.99)
Reviewed by: 
Joyce Morgan