A Parliament of Spies

A Mystery

Abbess Hildegard of Meaux (Volume 4)

Cassandra Clark

Minotaur Books

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All the danger and intrigue of 14th-century England spring to life in this "compelling" (Publishers Weekly) series about the brave, incorruptible Abbess of Meaux.

Abbess Hildegard may consider herself  “just a nun with no useful skills or connections,” yet her loyalty and intelligence have brought her to the attention of King Richard II himself—not the safest place to be, when the king has enemies on all sides. As Hildegard wrestles with her role as a spy in the parliament that is hastily gathering at Westminster, Cassandra Clark's A Parliament of Spies shows us the human side of history, giving readers new reason to follow Publishers Weekly’s rallying cry: “Medievalists rejoice!”

 

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Parliament of Spies, A
Part OnePrologueEltham Palace. Morning. A tall fair young man strides down the narrow corridor towards the sound of splashing water. Steam billows through the half-open door ahead.He is wearing soft kidskin ankle boots that make no sound on the polished tiles. His brocade gown, wide sleeved, embroidered with silver harts and gold crowns, is swinging loosely open as he hurries towards his bathhouse.The flickering fires of the cressets that line the corridor are not more bright than he is. He glitters, sheds light as he strides along, his red-gold hair, his lucent skin,

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"A debut author with raw nerve, Cassandra Clark places Hildegard, an independent woman of means, into an unheard-of role during this age....CSI meets the 14th century.” --Historical Novels Review

"Social injustice and intrigue are irresistible in a mystery dripping in medieval history....Stellar." --Library Journal (starred review) on The Law of Angels

"Compelling….[Clark] paints an authentic picture of late medieval life." --Publishers Weekly (starred review) on The Red Velvet Turnshoe

"Deeply embedded in the historical events of the period, this is a rich tapestry; even the small figures are finely detailed and carefully situated in a dazzling array of events. Intriguing and evocative." --Kirkus Reviews on Hangman Blind


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A PARLIAMENT OF SPIES by Cassandra Clark | Kirkus Book Reviews
Read the Kirkus Review of A PARLIAMENT OF SPIES . Sister Hildegard has had many a foreign adventure, but her latest escapade in 14th-century England is more dangerous than most.
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Cassandra Clark

CASSANDRA CLARK lives in London. This is the fourth novel in her acclaimed series featuring Abbess Hildegard. Her childhood spent in Yorkshire was her inspiration for the series.

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A Parliament of Spies
A Mystery
Cassandra Clark

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
January 2012
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429942386
ISBN10: 142994238X
384 pages
$7.99

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
January 2012
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312595746
ISBN10: 0312595743
5 1/2 x 8.25 inches, 384 pages
$25.99
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