(From the publisher):
It is 1370, midway through that long Anglo-French conflict now known as the Hundred Years War. England is in imminent danger of losing her most prized territorial possession of Aquitaine and so a mission is undertaken to persuade one of the most important noblemen of the region to remain loyal to the English cause. The man chosen to carry out this delicate task is none other than Geoffrey Chaucer, ambitious poet and protégé of the King's son, John of Gaunt.
Chaucer had once been held captive by Henri, Comte de Guyac, and had fallen in love with Rosamond, Henri's wife. Now he wonders how he will feel when he sees her again. But when Chaucer and his companions reach de Guyac's castle on the Dordogne in south-west France they find the household in turmoil. There are factions both inside and outside the castle who will stop at nothing to undermine the mission. When Henri is killed during a boar hunt, Chaucer soon realizes it is not the straightforward hunting accident it first appears.
Enemies and suspects abound: the double-dealing steward of the castle, the neighboring nobleman who wants Rosamond for himself, even a fanatical monk who has tracked Chaucer all the way from England - but for what purpose? The investigation that ensues turns the poet-diplomat into a fugitive, stranded in a foreign country unsure who his friends - and enemies - really are.
Original title: Chaucer and the House of Fame
Genre: Fiction→ Historical→ European→ Medieval
Fiction→ Crime and Mystery→ Detective Story and Detectives→ Historical