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My Lady Judge

A Mystery of Medieval Ireland

Mysteries of Medieval Ireland

Cora Harrison

St. Martin's Griffin

Five hundred years ago, the western seaboard of Ireland was home to an independent kingdom that lived peacefully by the ancient Celtic laws of their forebears. On the first eve of a festive celebration, all the people of the land headed up Mullaghmore Mountain to light a bonfire. But one man—assistant to Mara, the King’s appointed judge and lawgiver—did not return.

For two days he lay in the mountains being picked clean by ravens. And yet no one spoke of him or told what they had seen. Who killed him? Why? When Mara comes seeking answers to these questions, she discovers that more than just her own life may be in danger.

 

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My Lady Judge
ONEBRITISH LIBRARY MS VELLUM LEAVES: EGERTON 88Notes and fragments of early Irish law, or Brehon law, transcribed by law scholars, in the mid-sixteenth century, at Cahermacnaghten law school in the barony of Burren, west of Ireland.One older document, dating from the beginning of the sixteenth century, consists of judgement texts and case notes from the time when Burren was a kingdom under the rule of King Turlough Donn O'Brien. These notes are signed by Mara, a female judge, or Brehon, from this era. 
 
EARLY Summer in the Burren has a glory about it: in the valleys
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“Enchanting. . . . The old-fashioned appeal of Harrison’s prose opens up a new world while harkening back to the way writers like Ellis Peters fashioned their historical mysteries.” —The Sun (Baltimore)

“This is something different in the historical mystery line, and it works very well. The Lady Judge is definitely a series to watch.”—The Globe & Mail (UK)

“A lovely, balanced blend of historical detail and good storytelling. This book is appealing in every way.” —Brenda Rickman Vantrease, author of The Mercy Seller

“Sister Fidelma would be delighted with her sleuthing ‘descendant’—a new female Brehon named Mara. Well researched and written.” —Peter Tremayne, author of The Sister Fidelma Mysteries

“An excellent historical novel with a most original leading character. A true Celtic feast.” —P. C. Doherty, author of The Assassins of Isis

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  • Cora Harrison

  • Cora Harrison lives in the Burren in the west of Ireland, an area whose landscape and history form the background to a medieval series of which this is the first novel. She has published twenty-five books for children, mainly dealing with Irish history and mythology.

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