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Mistress of the Art of Death [Download] ✤ Mistress of the Art of Death Author Ariana Franklin – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk In Cambridge four children have been murdered Wrongly accused of the crimes a small community of Jews threatened by Catholic mobs is given sanctuary by Henry II To assist in proving their innocence he the Art PDF ↠ In Cambridge four children have been murdered Wrongly accused of the crimes a small community of Jews threatened by Catholic mobs is given sanctuary by Henry II To assist in proving their innocence he summons an expert in the science of deduction and the art of death She is Adelia a prodigy from the Medical School of Salerno and an anomaly in a medieval world who is forced to conceal her identity and her purpose from England's grave superstitions and condemnation One man willing to work with her is Sir Mistress of PDF or Rowley Picot His personal stake in the investigation makes him an invaluable ally and in Adelia's eyes a suspect as well From navigating Cambridge's perilous river paths to penetrating the dark shadows of the Church Adelia's investigation wil not only reveal the secrets of the dead but in time the far dangerous ones buried by the living.


About the Author: Ariana Franklin

the Art PDF ↠ Diana Norman A former journalist Norman had written several critically acclaimed biographies and historical novels She lived in Hertfordshire England with her husband the film critic Barry Norman NoteThe Death Maze UK is published as The Serpent's Tale in the US Relics of the Dead UK is published as Grave Goods in the USThe Assassin's Prayer UK is published as A Murderous Procession in the US.



10 thoughts on “Mistress of the Art of Death

  1. Alison Alison says:

    Being a feminist reader of historical fiction is to invite inner turmoil Excessively plucky female characters seem inaccurate Some are constantly winking at the reader as if to say after graduating with my degree in women's studies I opted to spend a few months time traveling so I could offer enlightened commentary on unenlightened times I hope you appreciate my presence in your bookBut without those characters I'd be even annoyed and depressed by the frighteningly woman unfriendly times and probably stop reading historical fiction all togetherSuch was my struggle with this book The highly independent spirited female lead doesn't really belong in her backwards setting On one hand that's the point to see how far she is ahead of her time On the other hand she probably would have been burned as a witch if she had actually showed up in medieval England as an autopsy specialistNot to mention the whole notion of independent female is pretty harshly undercut when she and a token handsome young man fall in love he even rescues her from mortal peril Unnecessary romance in mysteries is a literary pet peeve of mine that I needn't explore further hereBut anyway as a mystery this book is both typical and satisfying You meet a bunch of suspects investigate the crime scene endure some twists and turns and then find out whodunit in an action packed climax In the book's favor the bloody murderer is a believable surprise which is the best resolution to a mystery In summary I'd recommend this book for a plane ride where you can focus on the plot and not get bogged down in the greater implications of feminism vs history vs fiction


  2. Annet Annet says:

    I'm always looking for excellent historic fiction There's so much around and not all books are best ualityLike readers here as I understand it I had trouble getting into this one not an easy read but once I got past that barrier it was good and getting better and better An intelligent medieval murder mystery solid historical background Plantagenet period Henry II interesting Not really an easy read for me so I had to stay focussed which is okay because it was good Will certainly find the seuels to this series of Adelia Aguilar Mistress of the Art of DeathRecommended for those who like historial fiction Solid 4 stars 1171 Adelia Aguilar is a rare thing in medieval Europe a woman who has trained as a doctor Her speciality is the study of corpses a skill that must be concealed if she is to avoid accusations of witchcraft But in Cambridge a child has been murdered others are disappearing and King Henry II has called upon a renowned Italian investigator to find the killer fast What the king gets is Adelia his very own Mistress of the Art of Death


  3. Nancy Nancy says:

    You know what I have really missed in my life? A Librarian Not a librarian small l but a Librarian that mystical magical woman who watches what you read and what you check out again and again and who one day says to you You know what? I think you'd like THISI like THIS It's a mystery set in medieval Cambridge; its heroine is a doctor no a coroner; there's a big mystery about murdered children the Jews are being accused and also a charming and unlikely romance to add to the fun It's not Literature and doesn't pretend to be; but I LIKE IT It's a lovely read nicely done and I look forward to other mysteries featuring Adelia and Rowley I'm hoping for some stuff about the Black Plague I love the Plague Of course the time frame is a couple of hundred years too early; I must resign myself to disappointment I have the feeling this author is too conscientious to go down Anachronism Avenue


  4. Richard Derus Richard Derus says:

    Real Rating 45 of fiveThe Publisher Says A chilling mesmerizing novel that combines the best of modern forensic thrillers with the detail and drama of historical fiction In medieval Cambridge England four children have been murdered The crimes are immediately blamed on the town's Jewish community taken as evidence that Jews sacrifice Christian children in blasphemous ceremonies To save them from the rioting mob the king places the Cambridge Jews under his protection and hides them in a castle fortress King Henry II is no friend of the Jews or anyone really but he is invested in their fate Without the taxes received from Jewish merchants his treasuries would go bankrupt Hoping scientific investigation will exonerate the Jews Henry calls on his cousin the King of Sicily whose subjects include the best medical experts in Europe and asks for his finest master of the art of death an early version of the medical examiner The Italian doctor chosen for the task is a young prodigy from the University of Salerno But her name is Adelia the king has been sent a mistress of the art of death Adelia and her companions Simon a Jew and Mansur a Moor travel to England to unravel the mystery of the Cambridge murders which turn out to be the work of a serial killer most likely one who has been on Crusade with the king In a backward and superstitious country like England Adelia must conceal her true identity as a doctor in order to avoid accusations of witchcraft Along the way she is assisted by Sir Rowley Picot one of the king's tax collectors a man with a personal stake in the investigation Rowley may be a needed friend or the fiend for whom they are searching As Adelia's investigation takes her into Cambridge's shadowy river paths and behind the closed doors of its churches and nunneries the hunt intensifies and the killer prepares to strike again My Review This book was a group read on LibraryThingThe Highly Rated Book Group sponsored it with the game though gravid VintageBooks leading us through some very trenchant uestions about our impressions of both the book and the world it's set inand thank goodness for that It's a lot fun to read a book in a group of like minded people ones who read on multiple levels like our brethren and sistern here on this siteAdelia Vesuvia our sleuth is a forensic physician in a time when I didn't know such existed The twelfth century is a time period I find extremely fascinating I've read a fair bit about this time focusing on English and French history and the Crusades those horrific events; Catholic Church history at this time when the schism from Eastern Orthodoxy was new and the invention of religious primacy in matters of the state was being consolidated is also an interest of mine This book's evocation of that time is appealing to me precisely because it's relatively new to my somewhat jaded sensibilities Salerno as the primary focus of Western medicine is a well trodden path; the fact that Salernitan physicians could be women is not well trodden and the simple IDEA of forensics in this time Irresistable pulls for me the historian who hated schoolSo I was disposed from the giddy up to like the book The author's execution was the primary unknown uantity for me I am thrilled and delighted with the execution because the characters while displaying anachronistic ideas and ideals are uite believably constructed and supplied with plausible motivations for their divergent social attitudes I can willingly suspend my disbelief at every turn where the story reuires me to do so That's very high praise from meCharacterization in a series mystery is make or break Do I the reader like this group of people enough to continue inviting them out to dinner? The price of a hardcover book being euivalent to the price of an entree at a tablecloth restaurant; the trade paper to an entree at Applebee's or TGIFriday's; the rack size to a value meal at the local McDonald's; which restaurant am I willing to take these characters to? The answer while uniue to each individual is the source of the publisher's and author's income It behooves all parties to the preparation and publication of a mystery to consider this The good people at Putnam a tentacle of the Penguin empire have done a very very good job of making this assessment and bringing a solid interesting cast of regulars to my table at Le CirueSir Rowley Adelia Vesuvia's English suitor is a fine example He's three dimensional in his pursuit of her not simply presented as out to get some one thing; I think of some of the characters in Ellis Peters' Brother Cadfael mysteries as contrasts to this uality of characterization We're given to understand that Sir Rowley has goals and ambitions that Adelia Vesuvia can both forward and threaten in eual measure His ultimate place in her life and her in his isn't a foregone conclusion Both characters are presented as struggling with what the other means to them on multiple planes That's just plain good storytelling It will keep me buying hardcovers as long as Franklin keeps doing itThe minor characters eg Gyltha the housekeeper and Mansur the Moor are deftly drawn as well They don't in contrast to many series mysteries come across as convenient mouth pieces for the author's needed plot developments coughPhryneFisher'sDotcoughFinally the integration of real political developments like Henry II's move to take control of the Church's legal framework in his empire is seamless enough to take a moment to recall as factual instead of created It's necessary to move this plot forward But it's also the historical reality Well done madam Seldom achieved in fiction still less the less respected genre fiction that mysteries are published asThis is a four and a half star recommended book Sally forth and procure it from yon bookery


  5. Gary Gary says:

    Start with Chaucer's Canterbury Tales Throw in a cameo of a calculating and brash King Henry II straight from The Lion in Winter Add some medieval mystery on par with Umberto Eco's groundbreaking The Name of the Rose And finish it off with the forensics of CSI and you'll have some appreciation for Ariana Franklin's remarkable achievement in Mistress of the Art of Death a fresh and inspired twist of historical fiction and crime thriller a blockbuster of murder and mayhem told through lively darkly humorous prose that is as educational as it is entertainingThe setting is 12th century England King Henry II still smarting from the Church's reaction to the murder of archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Becket is anxious to get to the bottom of the grisly murders of four children in Cambridge The Cambridge townspeople steeped in superstition and New Testament legend blame the murders on the local Jewish population who are banished to Cambridge Castle for protection against a mob bent on retribution The wily Henry coming to the Jews defense not from love but for the sake of continued tax revenue from his affluent moneylenders reaches out for help from his cousin the King of Sicily and Italy's renowned medical school in Salerno In response to this reuest Adelia a talented young female doctor in the art of death essentially the forensics of the time is sent to assist In a time when women barely rate above stable animals and medical treatment is limited by an overwhelmingly powerful to relics and prayer Adelia faces not only the formidable task of tracking down a serial killer who is obviously still on the loose but also overcoming ignorance and prejudice in cracking a case of unthinkable evil Notwithstanding some anachronisms some noted and others ignored Franklin delivers her tale with the historical authority of Edward Rutherford or Bernard Cornwell while told in dialogue as engaging as Grisham Forsythe or Follett at the tops of their games I found myself glued to the top notch whodunit while at the same time captivated by the vivid period detail and political intrigue of the timeIf this is not the best new fiction of 2007 it is certainly among the most original as it takes than a few unsuspected twists in getting to a climax that is as insightful ironic and intelligent as it is white knuckled Well done Ms Franklin


  6. Heidi The Reader Heidi The Reader says:

    A medieval mystery in which Simon of Naples a eunuch and a uniue woman with the ability to decipher the wounds inflicted on bodies race to discover the identity of a violent killer of children before he strikes againFrom its opening lines The Mistress of the Art of Death had me in its thrall Here they come From down the road we can hear harnesses jingling and see dust rising into the warm spring sky Pilgrims returning after Easter in Canterbury Tokens of the mitered martyred Saint Thomas are pinned to cloaks and hats the Canterbury monks must be raking it in They're a pleasant interruption in the traffic of carts whose drivers and oxen are surly with fatigue from plowing and sowing These people are well fed noisy exultant with the grace their journey has gained them But one of them as exuberant as the rest is a murderer of children pg 1I have been to Canterbury and viewed the spot where Thomas Becket was cut down by the knights of Henry II It is an amazing place Even so when you consider that it has been standing for so long I loved going back there if only in a storyThe Mistress of the Art of Death herself Adelia is a brilliant and headstrong heroine She embodies what I imagine women to have been in the time before we were allowed the same privileges as men She sighed with impatience I see you are regretting that the woman like the doctor is unadorned It always happens She glared at him Turn over that stone she pointed to a flint nearby and you will find a charlatan who will dazzle you with the favorable conjunction of Mercury and Venus flatter your future and sell you colored water for a gold piece I can't be bothered with it From me you get the actuality He was taken aback Here was the confidence even arrogance of a skilled artisan pg 52The reality that Adelia has been taught to see is not pretty She learns all about the horrors that mankind inflicts on one another through her schooling It has hardened her but she seeks beyond all else to give voice and justice to the murdered Man hovers between Paradise and the Pit Sometimes rising to one sometimes swooping to the other To ignore his capacity for evil is as obtuse as blinding oneself to the heights to which he can soar pg 77And yet Adelia is still sassy I loved her attitude He found her modest a description Adelia had long decided that was applied to women who gave men no trouble pg 88 Though this novel could have dragged the reader through the stultifying reality of medieval attitudes and prejudices instead Ariana Franklin takes us on a sparkling adventure filled with just enough detail to give the flavor of the timeRecommended for those who like mysteries historical fiction strong heroines and perhaps some romance on the side The Mistress of the Art of Death though it touches on dark themes was a welcome respite for me from a world that so often shows its shadows I hope that it is an escape for you too


  7. Felicia Felicia says:

    I am a historical mystery geek sometimes I'll go on a tear and read a whole series in a row like the Peabody mysteries or Lindsay Davis' Rome mysteries so I picked up this book after reading great reviews I was not disappointedVery interesting setting mainly compelling because of the main charactera medieval woman doctor Felt well researched a serial killer thriller set long ago in a fascinating world Leans a bit too much in the womanly direction sometimes I felt the romance was a bit shoehorned in but DEFINITELY will be downloading the next one to my Kindle


  8. Diana Diana says:

    I was uite captivated by this book As a medieval scholar I had some initial doubts I'd like it because I am often disappointed by books that feature 20th21st century concerns and situations in a medieval setting investigating mysteries forensic science in this case All too often the authors don't get the historical elements right and the story ends up being too anachronisticAriana Franklin however knows her medieval history The story is a page turner as well and the world Franklin describes is richly and accurately drawn and manages to dispel many of the myths about medieval life that too many people have In that respect this book is a gem although I do think there will be those readers who will think it's not really accurate because they haven't done enough real research about the real medieval timesI love the main character she is a no nonsense outspoken and educated intelligent woman who nevertheless understands all too well the obstacles women of her time had to face and knows how and when to pick her battlesFor those who believe this book is anachronistic and inauthentic I'd like to add the followingIt's plausible than most people realize Salerno WAS well known for its medical training of women as well as many foreigners including Arabs and Africans Muslim and otherwise and the medical training was far ahead of the rest of Europe so the medical elements in the novel were accurate There was a famous female physician about a century before this story is set named Trotula who wrote two medical books about the diseases of women and their treatments that were used by male medicsphysicians in order to treat their female patients efficiently Trotula even occupied the chair of medicine at the medical School of Salerno Here's a link to a web page about Trotula did her research on Salerno and women physicians and Adelia is based loosely on women like Trotula Actually in 12th century England under Henry II and his wife Eleanor of Auitaine although in no way friendly to women by our standards women did have relative freedom legally and socially than they would by the mid 1200s when the Church became oppressive toward women's education and then secular laws followed suit In the 11th and 12th centuries especially in England and Northern France women who chose the religious life as well as many women of noble and royal lineage had access to a fairly well rounded education Eleanor of Auitaine in England had a great hand in that Just thought I'd add my02 worth about this book which I gave 5 stars to BECAUSE it was NOT as historically anachronistic as other medieval mystery thrillers tend to be I look forward to reading the second in the series


  9. Aimee Aimee says:

    In coming to the decision to purchase this book Mistress of the Art of Death I did my background research first I visited a fair few blogs that had reviewed the book and found that the reviews were so entirely positive that I couldn't wait to get my grubby paws on the book myself The bloggers were not wrong thank the gods This novel is a gloriously delicious readSet in the Middle Ages as a medieval mystery our protagonist has been asked to travel to Cambridge United Kingdom from the Middle East to research the mystery behind a group of local children who have been tortured to death and mutilated in a similar manner to one another Short in stature Dr Vesuvia Adelia Rachel Ortese Aguilar of Salerno is a strange and unlikely heroine and a Doctor of the Dead meaning she is a medically ualified examiner of dead bodies Fiesty and scientifically minded Dr Aguilar has little other choice than to work undercover considering this is medieval England where female doctors are few and far between because of society's view of women Add to this the fact that she can apparently derive messages from the bodies of the dead and Dr Aguilar's the perfect candidate to be accused of witchcraft and set to burning And so under the wing of her valiant protector and old friend Simon of Naples Dr Aguilar acts as the servant assistant to her own Arab slave Mansur who plays the role of 'Doctor' to all external prying eyesAs a particularly valuable doctor's assistant our headstrong protagonist struggles with the case of the mutilated kidlets on both a personal and professional level and her search for the killer becomes and desperate as further children are picked off by an unknown murderous beast But could the animal be closer than she thinks?I read this book in one sitting That in itself should alert you to how much I enjoyed this read considering I have the attention span of a gnat when the book waives from awesomeness for longer than a few pages And the book is 507 pages long So I think you'll agree no mean featThe reason it's such a robust dish of perverse playfulness I believe boils down to the expert writing It's a perfect balance of detail and sparseness and makes you forget that this medieval period could have been a bit boring for the casual reader of history That's if anyone less expert had written this book In fact the style reminds me a bit of another little masterpiece Ken Follett's The Pillars of the Earth little? Hah although Mistress of the Art of Death is less focused on lifetimes and focused on moments It's what makes a fast paced story I guess If you like the sound of Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales with a splash of The Da Vinci Code then this book is for youBesides being a cracker of a crime thriller Mistress of the Art of Death is an intensely satisfying historical read too There are so many paths this book could explore further the persistence of a little disease called 'cholera' JewishIslamicChristian fireworks gallant knights returning from crusade scientific enlightenment intruding on religious fervour corrupt and ignorant priors and prioressesthe list is extensive YES I will admit there are some historical follies rather than facts but I promise you the story's entertainment will have the most uptight historian turning a blind eye to its mistakes And as it's set in the period when mighty Plantaganet Henry II was occupying the throne the author puts a fascinatingly rare and positive spin on the reign of a king who has only been known to history for commanding the murder of Thomas Becket the then Archbishop of CanterburyIf you really want though you can go barging past all this historical 'nonsense' and there's still a bloody good read to be found under the rubble As for characterisation Dr Aguilar herself is amazing I don't uite understand being a hopeless romantic myself why I am drawn to this woman who has 'no time for love' and little time to be emotionally swayed by the horror of the children's tortured bodies She is so far beyond the submissive sterotype of a Middle Eastern woman it seems to make perfect sense to put her into a doctor's role in the middle of the 12th century She is fighting against prejudices that not even modern time can necessarily remedy but of course as it is with the most admirable women of sense strength and integrity guard inner empathy and vulnerable hope And yes for all the romanciphiles out there there're a few heated moments for your imagination to enjoyFor true lovers of crime fiction some of the twists aren't all that surprising but it'll still keep you entertained for long enough to see if you figured out the clues correctly If you're not into crime fiction this doubles as a fantastic historical fiction novel as well just don't take it too seriously If you're a fan of neither genre I still challenge you not to enjoy this bookYep I gobbled this book up and then licked each of my fingers afterwards It's that goodRating 5 perfectly scrumptious stars for Mistress of the Art of Death


  10. Karlyflower *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)* Karlyflower *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)* says:

    F is for Franklin 3 StarsOkay let’s get the trash out of the way first shall we?Ms Franklin By which I mean I would like you to go through your novel and remove EVERYTHING which is not important to the story you are telling cough stupid romantic sub plot cough Now to be fair it is VERY romance light – and what is there doesn’t rear its ugly head until about 34 of the way through the novel which is GOOD – but I found it unnecessary and frankly annoying Romance shouldn’t bleed into thrillers or suspense stories unless it is UNAVOIDABLE I hate it I hate it I hate it And over I felt like this novel should have ended when the STORY in it ended Right? Am I crazy? Most of the last chapter is entirely unnecessary What IS that?Onto the actual story It was said in the school’s mortuary that Adelia was interest in you only if you were deadI thoroughly enjoyed Franklin’s writing style I thought her way of showing the essence of a woman struggling within herself to exist in a man's world was exuisite The plot was interesting and compelling; if a bit slow in getting itself actually started I uickly became invested in Adelia’s struggles both as a woman and a foreigner I bled for the murdered children and ached to figure out who the murderer was so that I could bring himher to justice I longed to free the Jews trapped by bigotry in the towers of the castle And I broke for a woman pursuing a career she would never truly be able to take credit for As I said I thought the story ended when the killer was brought to justice erm is this spoilery? Probably but only in a minor way but Franklin kept writing and what came after was just well unnecessary for me Overall yes I DID enjoy this story but it’s unlikely I will read the next in the series Logic played no part in it; the Jews were feared because they were different and for the townspeople that fear and difference endowed supernatural ability


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