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Wine of Violence (Medieval Mystery) by [Royal, Priscilla]
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1270 AD: the priory of Tyndal is dedicated to love and peace. But Eleanor of Wynethorpe, the new prioress, will find little of either.

MEDIEVAL MYSTERY. AD 1270. On a remote East Anglian coast stands Tyndal Priory, which belongs to the Order of Fontevraud where monks and nuns live and work in close proximity. Twenty-one-year-old Prioress Eleanor of Wynethorpe has just been appointed prioress by King Henry III over the elected choice of the priory itself. Young and inexperienced, Eleanor will face a grave struggle – in a place dedicated to love and peace, she will find little of either.

WINE OF VIOLENCE. It is late summer in the year 1270. Although the Simon de Montfort rebellion is over, the smell of death still hangs over the land. In the small priory of Tyndal, the monks and nuns of the Order of Fontevraud long for a return to routine. Alas, the day after the arrival of the new prioress, a brutally murdered monk is found in the cloister gardens, and Brother Thomas, a young priest with a troubled past, arrives to bring her a more personal grief. Now Eleanor must not only struggle to gain the respect of her terrified and resentful flock but also bring a murderer to justice.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 249 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1590589653
  • Publisher: Head of Zeus (1 November 2012)
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  • Language: English
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Order that is to be ruled by a woman her Nuns and Monks Striving to accept one so young with murder and many hidden secrets by some within the order makes for an interesting read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Medieval Mystery 9 January 2014
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I would have never even known this book existed if it weren't for the recommendation of author extraordinaire, Sharon Kay Penman, and a 99c Kindle sale. Wine of Violence is a wonderfully written novel that takes place in the late 13th century. Hard feelings remain for the Saxons who were defeated long ago by the Normans, and Henry III has won a victory in the name of monarchial strength when Simon de Montfort was defeated. It is not a good time to be a villein. But this story isn't about the Norman Conquest or the Baron's Rebellion. It is about a quiet little priory on the East Anglican coast.

The reader is introduced to Tyndal Priory through the eyes of Eleanor, recently appointed Prioress, and Thomas, a man who has accepted the fate of being a monk because it's better than the alternative. As these two struggle to make their way as outsiders in this tight-knit community, they are also faced with a murder that takes place upon their arrival.

What I loved about this novel wasn't so much the mystery, though I thought it was well-written and not too predictable. It was the characters that drew me in. Each person has a complex, realistic personality with gifts and faults. The reader analyzes each nun and monk along with Eleanor and Thomas as they search for a killer and try to make their own way in a place that didn't ask to receive them.

The setting was accurately written to transport the reader into medieval times with descriptions of food, clothing, mindsets, and surroundings. The cold stones of the church, the struggle to feed the community through winter, concern over whether it was godly to use medicines and hand-washing in the hospital, and the rushes on the floors - each detail was evidence of the historical research that went into this little mystery.

My only complaint, if I must have one, are some surprisingly modern remarks made about homosexuality. While the author's note explains her research into this topic and the likely commonness of some homosexual relationships in an all-male religious community, I thought that the level of "can love ever be sinful" attitude was anachronistic. After all, this was a time when sodomy was a capital crime and believed to endanger the immortal soul. This was a relatively minor issue and the only anachronism I noted.

A great read for anyone who enjoys medieval fiction.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A well-written and interesting historical mystery 16 September 2013
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I would suggest this book for anyone interested in an easy read, historical fiction, the role of monasteries, the roles within monasteries, and an examination of sexuality (verses sex) in early English religious perspective.

The struggles of the various characters dealing with the effects of their socio-economic and sexual place in a world that is intended to be devoid of either is interesting and involved. Each emotional life of the two primary and a couple of supporting characters drive the plot forward, as much as, if not more than, the actual mystery.

The mystery itself was weaker than the examination of the interior lives of the two main characters. The villain is crudely drawn,min comparison to the primary characters. The the crime leading to the crime of murder proves to be the challenge, emotionally for one of the primary characters, whereas the murders, as a group, prove to be a challenge, intellectually, for everyone. The author does a good job of hinting at the underlying crime that motivates and connects a series of murders and attacks.

The writing is smooth and easy to read. The author does a good job of revealing, for the most part. The characters are,min general, as richly drawn as their role in the story both requires and allows.

I hope the author continues to deepen the character building and the story arc. This is a good first book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful mystery 15 December 2015
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While I've been on a medieval mystery kick for the last several months, this is my first book by Priscilla Royal. It's great! I thoroughly enjoyed it. Great characters, a plot that keeps you involved, good pacing that keeps the plot moving, and a believable locale. While I'm sure there is quite a bit more modern outlook than would have occurred in the medieval times, there is more than enough medieval atmosphere to keep this modern reader enthralled. If you like a good mystery with no onscreen violence, you'll love this book. Whether you are on a medieval kick or not.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good historical mystery 1 June 2017
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Historical fiction usually makes me appreciate the amenities I enjoy that I would otherwise take for granted. This series is no different in that regard but there is the added advantage of a murder mystery that is hard to unravel until the author gives up the advantage and divulges the culprit. Good first in a series. Thank you.
4.0 out of 5 stars a good beginning 13 January 2014
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Priscilla Royal offers an engaging pair of sleuths that can rival Alys Clare's Hawkenlye series or Peter Tremayne. Our introduction to young Prioress Eleanor and the reluctant Brother Thomas provide readers with two characters that engage us through depth, complexity, and a writing style that keeps the story moving along. I'm looking forward to the second book in the series in the hopes that the rest of the characters at the abbey become as richly drawn as the prioress, the priest, and Saxon villeins that Ms Royal has placed on the page thus far.

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