In 1326 England, a land riven with conflict, knight and peasant alike find their lives upended by the warring factions of Edward II, with his hated favorite Hugh le Despenser, and Edward's estranged queen Isabella and her lover Roger Mortimer. Yet even in such times the brutal slaughter of an entire family, right down to a babe in arms, still has the power to shock. Three further murders follow, and bailiff Simon Puttock is drawn into a web of intrigue, vengeance, power and greed as Roger Mortimer charges him to investigate the killings.
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