A PARLIAMENT OF SPIES
Clark’s 14th-century-set Abbess of Meaux series continues its compelling, well-written path. She creates a vivid picture of the time with both historical and fictional characters. The complications of her life make Hildegard spring from the page.
England is in turmoil. A parliament has been called in Westminster and King Richard II’s future depends on a successful conclusion. Hildegard and Brother Thomas accompany Archbishop Neville, who secretly carries a relic that might help choose who will be king. He asks Hildegard to carry it on their party’s long trip. A suspicious death occurs before they even leave York. The archbishop wants her also to act as a spy when they arrive. Then she learns that someone she thought died is all too alive and has plans that will destroy her life. (MINOTAUR, Feb., 384 pp., $25.99)