Master Hugh, surgeon and bailiff, is asked to provide a sleeping potion for Sir Henry Burley, a friend and guest of Lord Gilbert at Bampton Castle. Sir Henry--with his current wife, a daughter by a first wife, two knights, two squires, and assorted servants--has outstayed his welcome at Bampton.
The next morning, Sir Henry is found dead, eyes open, in his bed. Master Hugh, despite shrill accusations from the grieving widow, is asked by Lord Gilbert to determine the cause of death . . . which had nothing to do with the potion.
This is an amusing tale as they search for the one who has murdered Sir Henry. Who would it be? The wife, or the daughter or one of his many knights, squires or his servants.
This is a well written, British novel that is written in the period of 1300’s. The language does take some getting used to, but is very amusing to read. I did appreciate the glossary in the beginning of the book, to help define what some of the new words were.
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