(From the publisher):
For a year Matthew Bartholomew has been searching for the women he is desperate to marry. He'd left his proposal too late, and Matilde had left Cambridge with no word to anyone about her destination. Now he is running out of options, having travelled through England and France to every place she had ever mentioned. Only one remains: Lincoln.
In the bitter winter of 1356 he and his bookbearer, Cynric, accompany Brother Michael to the cathedral city, the latter to be installed as a canon, Bartholomew hoping that Matilde may have returned to the household of a merchant Spayne, top whom she was once betrothed.
They find Lincoln an unholy place, riven by discord between two opposing groups of tradesmen, the Bishop seemingly unable to control the wild behaviour of his clergy, and with a sheriff happy to take bribes and kick-backs to give him, if not the citizens, a peaceful life. They also find murder - one victim being the man whom Michael had chosen as his assistant - and the apparent reappearance of a holy relic that had been stolen over twenty years earlier.
Against their will, the men from Cambridge are drawn into the investigations of the unnatural deaths and the circumstances surrounding the provenance of the Hugh Chalice, endangering both their lives and their souls as they are caught up in the maelstrom of corruption that courses through Lincoln. And through it all Matthew continues his hunt for the elusive Matilde...
Original title: The Tarnished Chalice
Genre: Fiction→ Historical→ European→ Medieval
Fiction→ Crime and Mystery→ Detective Story and Detectives→ Historical