Authors: Candace Robb
Tags: #Fiction, #General, #Historical, #Mystery & Detective, #Crime
Candace Robb studied for a Ph.D. in Medieval and Anglo-Saxon Literature and has continued to read and research medieval history and literature ever since. The Owen Archer series grew out of a fascination with the city of York and the tumultuous 14th century; the first in the series, The Apothecary Rose, was published in 1994, at which point she began to write full time. In addition to the UK, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada and America, her novels are published in France, Germany, Spain and Holland, and she is also available in the UK on audiobook and in large print.
Also by Candace Robb
THE APOTHECARY ROSE
THE LADY CHAPEL
THE NUN’S TALE
THE RIDDLE OF ST LEONARD’S
A GIFT OF SANCTUARY
A SPY FOR THE REDEEMER
A TRUST BETRAYED
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The King’s Bishop
For my Mother and Father
Thoresby walked back to his own quarters in a thoughtful mood. Who would have thought the ambitious William of Wykeham would be such a decent, conscientious man? Indeed, he seemed a man admirably suited to the position of bishop, someone with a heart, mind and soul that worked in concert. He might even make a good chancellor; though Thoresby wondered what he knew of the law.
It was a pity, really, that Wykeham was the King’s man. He would feel the conflicts as Thoresby did, the frustration when a compromise was necessary to please the King, a compromise in morals or justice.
Did Wykeham understand that? Did he see the price of becoming the King’s bishop?
Thoresby paused at his door, and shrugged. If he had not been the King’s man, Wykeham would never have risen so high. He could be nothing but the King’s bishop.
Pity. The man would undoubtedly someday regret it. But not now.
I thank my editors Lynne Drew and Hope Dellon for insightful critiques and Victoria Hipps for a sharp eye for detail; for advice and information about the period I thank Jeremy Goldberg, Pat Cullum, Betty Garbutt, and the medievalists on the Mediev-L, Medsci, and Chaucer discussion lists. Thanks to Karen Wuthrich for asking just the right questions, and Charlie Robb for being a terrific sys-op and mapmaker.
Research for this book was conducted on location in Windsor and Yorkshire and at the University of York’s Morrell Library, the British Library, the University of Washington libraries and the Seattle Public Library, with additional critical materials from the York Archaeological Trust, English Heritage, and the National Trust.
castle wall enclosing the outer court, also the court itself
the last of the seven canonical hours, after sunset
an outlying farmhouse with barns and other outbuildings belonging to an abbey, originally staffed by lay brothers
in a religious house, the person whose office it is to receive pilgrims or visitors
men’s attire; a flowing gown, often floor-length and slit up to thigh level to ease walking, but sometimes knee-length; sleeves large and open
a minstrel who sang, juggled and tumbled
the King’s road
highways under the King’s protection
an area of the city not subject to royal administration; for example, the Liberty of St Peter is the area surrounding York Minster which comes under the Archbishop’s jurisdiction
the Marches/Marcher Lords
the borders of the kingdom and the lords to whom the King granted jurisdiction over them
a large wooden cup
a large church or cathedral; the cathedral of St Peter in York is referred to as York Minster
the mound on which sits Windsor’s Round Tower
the fifth of the seven canonical hours, or the ninth hour after sunrise
the finest quality white bread, made from flour sifted two or three times
the first of the seven canonical hours, or sunrise
private room on upper level of house
at Windsor, the lower ward is the court west of the Round Tower, the middle ward is the area enclosing the Round Tower, and the upper ward is the court east of the tower, enclosing King Edward III’s new royal apartments
the sixth of the canonical hours, towards sunset
Cistercians, an offshoot of the Benedictine order; their aim was to observe more strictly the rule of St Benedict