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The Falconer's Knot: A Tale of Poison, Bloodshed, and Passion.
 
 
Author
Mary Hoffman.
Publisher Bloomsbury  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8 x 5.3 x 1 inches
ISBN 9780747582755
Pages/Publication Date 297/2007
Daedalus Item Code 33619
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Silvano, a youth in 14th-century Italy, has joined a friary after being falsely accused of murder. When he encounters Chiara, a disinherited young woman in the neighboring convent, the two recognize each other as outsiders in their cloistered refuges, both ill at ease in monastic life. Then a grisly murder, followed by another and another, throws the close-knit community into chaos, and Chiara and Silvano cling together as they, and the friends they've made, attempt to solve the bloody crimes. Amid a large cast of characters and a gripping mystery, Mary Hoffman depicts the lives and tasks of the friars and nuns in fascinating detail for young adults, from crushing pigments to create paints for the artists painting frescoes in nearby Assisi, to the varied daily and nightly rituals of the religious services.

"Mary Hoffman's medieval murder mystery has all the ingredients needed to weave a satisfying web of intrigue.... There is a freshness of perspective and intricacy of plot that lifts the story above the obvious or crass. The female characters and their struggles to find some autonomy beyond the confines of the roles allotted to them provide a particularly vivid thread beneath the mystery narrative.... I defy anyone to read this book and not want to visit Assisi."Guardian (London)

 
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