A Play of Heresy (Joliffe the Player, Book 7) by Margaret Frazer

By Margaret Frazer

From the pages of the nationwide bestselling Dame Frevisse mysteries...

A pageant OF MURDER...

In the early summer season of 1438, Joliffe and his fellow gamers have arrived in Coventry for the theatrical pageant of Corpus Christi Day. hired by way of one of many city's wealthy and strong service provider guilds, they plan to offer of the numerous performs so as to extravagantly depict all of God's tale in a parade of pomp and pageantry.

But while they organize to accomplish the Nativity, Joliffe can be known as directly to play a sensible guy off the degree besides. whilst the service provider grasp Kydwa is going lacking and is presumed lifeless, the crafty Bishop Beaufort calls on Joliffe's talents as a secret agent to discover the mysteries of Coventry's elite. As suspicion falls on his personal partners, Joliffe is drawn into the devilish machinations of a mystery sect of heretics bent on destroying the Church. The avid gamers might be pressured to offer the harrowing of Hell, yet will Joliffe have the ability to resolve a confession of corruption sooner than Coventry's darkish enigmas unharness a medieval bloodbath of the innocents?

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Learning to be a knight involved formal training. Usually a son was sent to the household of another lord where he would serve first as a page, then as a squire. He would receive training in the fighting skills necessary for a knight. But he would also learn the manners and accomplishments that were required of a gentleman. Part of the education of a page or squire was to wait at his master's table, learning how to carve meat and select wine. As in warrior days, a knight still had to keep himself and his followers at a standard of living that made their loyalty worthwhile and give them food THE DEVELOPMENT OF ARMOR and wine, but these were now being judged by 3I a higher standard of cuisine.

Improved military tactics were adding to the effectiveness of knights in battle. Knights developed the technique of charging with a couched lance. They held their lances near the blunt end, clamped tightly against their bodies with their right hands. Saddles had raised and reinforced backs that kept the knight from being thrown backwards off his horse after the impact of hitting his target. He could deliver a devastating blow to his enemy because his rigidly held lance had the momentum of both man and charging horse behind it.

Some places became known for producing superior armor, such as Germany, which had high-quality metal as a natural resource. And though the two-stage process of quenching and tempering was not regularly used in the Middle Ages, it was probably known in Innsbruck and Augsburg, the two armormaking centers of Germany that produced armor of exceptional strength and hardness. They may have also discovered how to use manganese to harden steel. precisely. THE ARMORER AND HIS CRAFT 38 city became a great armor-producing center befounded cause a master a school that taught superior methods.

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