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Sharan Newman

Sharan Newman
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Sharan Newman is a medieval historian and author. She took her Master’s degree in Medieval Literature at Michigan State University and then did her doctoral work at the University of California at Santa Barbara in Medieval Studies, specializing in twelfth-century France. She is a member of the Medieval Academy and the Medieval Association of the Pacific.

Rather than teach, Newman chose to use her education to write novels set in the Middle Ages, including three Arthurian fantasies and ten mysteries set in twelfth-century France, featuring Catherine LeVendeur, a one-time student of Heloise at the Paraclete; her husband, Edgar, an Anglo-Scot; and Solomon, a Jewish merchant of Paris.  The books focus on the life of the bourgeoisie and minor nobility and also the uneasy relations between Christians and Jews at that time. They also incorporate events of the twelfth-century such as the Second Crusade and the rise of the Cathars.

The Catherine Levendeur mysteries have been nominated for many awards. Sharan won the Macavity Award for best first mystery for Death Comes As Epiphany and the Herodotus Award for best historical mystery of 1998 for Cursed in the Blood. The most recent book in the series The Witch in the Well won the Bruce Alexander award for best Historical mystery of 2004.

Just for a change, her next mystery, The Shanghai Tunnel, is set in Portland in 1868.   Newman has also written non-fiction books, including The Real History Behind the Da Vince Code (Berkley 2005) and the upcoming Real History Behind the Templars. Newman lives on a mountainside in Oregon.

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Defending the City of God
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Defending the City of God

Sharan Newman
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Press

Jerusalem sits at the crossroads of three continents and has been continuously invaded for millennia. Yet, in the middle of one of the region's most violent eras, the Crusades, an amazing multicultural...

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The Witch in the Well
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The Witch in the Well

Catherine LeVendeur

Sharan Newman
Tor/Forge
Forge Books

First time in paperback!

Catherine LeVendeur is a creature of 12th century France whose life is a mirror of her times--but she is armed with a keen mind and lively curiosity.

When Catherine's...

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The Outcast Dove
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The Outcast Dove

Catherine LeVendeur

Sharan Newman
Tor/Forge
Forge Books

Catherine Le Vendeur's curiosity and passion for justice have sometimes led her to solve grisly murders and brave horrors... but this time the threat is to those she loves.

Catherine's family...

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The Shanghai Tunnel
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The Shanghai Tunnel

Sharan Newman
Tor/Forge
Forge Books

Portland, 1868. It is a rough hewn place, an exploding trading post that has dreams of becoming a metropolis.

Horace Stratton, one of Portland's wealthiest heirs, has decided to come home...

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The Devil's Door
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The Devil's Door

Catherine LeVendeur

Sharan Newman
Tor/Forge
Forge Books

1140 Anno Domini:

A wealthy countess lies dying at the Convent of the Paraclete, brutally beaten by unknown assailants. Despite entreaties, she is unwilling to name her killer. Beautiful Catherine...

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Heresy
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Heresy

Catherine LeVendeur

Sharan Newman
Tor/Forge
Forge Books

A Catherine LeVendeur mystery

Catherine LeVendeur is a creature of twelfth-century France. Her life is a mirror of that time but she is a unique spirit, determined to make her way in...

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Death Comes As Epiphany
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Death Comes As Epiphany

Catherine LeVendeur

Sharan Newman
Tor/Forge
Forge Books

Catherine LeVendeur is a young scholar come to conquer her sin of pride at the Convent of the Paraclete, famous for learning, prayer, and its abbess, the fabled Heloise.

When a manuscript...

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The Wandering Arm
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The Wandering Arm

Catherine LeVendeur

Sharan Newman
Tor/Forge
Forge Books

Heaven has a way of playing with mortals. When the mummified arm of St. Aldhelm is stolen from the Salisbury Cathedral in England, Catherine LeVendeur must find the lost reliquary to save those she...

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The Difficult Saint
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The Difficult Saint

Catherine LeVendeur

Sharan Newman
Tor/Forge
Forge Books

In The Difficult Saint, Sharan Newman returns to medieval France and the murder-haunted Catherine LeVendeur, heroine of this acclaimed series. After a harrowing stay with Catherine's in-laws...

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To Wear The White Cloak
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To Wear The White Cloak

Catherine LeVendeur

Sharan Newman
Tor/Forge
Forge Books

The seventh installment of Sharan Newman's critically acclaimed Catherine LeVendeur medieval mystery series, To Wear the White Cloak continues the story of this most remarkable woman and her...

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Cursed in the Blood
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Cursed in the Blood

Catherine LeVendeur

Sharan Newman
Tor/Forge
Forge Books

The fifth in Sharan Newman's highly authentic and richly praised series, Cursed in the Blood finds Catherine LeVendeur venturing to the cold and tumultuous homeland of her husband--only to...

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Strong as Death
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Strong as Death

Catherine LeVendeur

Sharan Newman
Tor/Forge
Forge Books

A former novitiate in the Order of the Paraclete, Catherine LeVendeur has had more than her share of adventures. In fact, intrigue--and murder--seem to dog her path. When Catherine chose love over...

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