This is a Royal murder mystery set in the early 15th century. England's princes are portrayed as born in a 'Bear Pit' in the ruthless struggle for power, and this book explodes the romantic myth of the age of chivalry. Betrayal and rebellion, murder and revenge, Hopkin ap Griffith ap Rhys, has seen it all. He has served many masters and betrayed them all. In the aftermath of the battle of Agincourt, Hopkin is summoned to the presence of the victorious King Henry, who has a special commission for the Welshman. Amongst the few English dead is the Duke of York, whose corpse holds a secret which threatens King Henry's rule. Hopkin is charged with the task of finding the truth about the Duke's suspicious death, a task for which he is uniquely suited. A former rebel, he is well acquainted with the enemies of the new King. Through Hopkin's eyes witness the diversity of Medieval Britain: a pagan, he casts a critical eye over the corruption of his age, and introduces us to the towering characters of the period; King Henry the Fifth, Sir Henry Percy ('Hotspur') and Owen Glendower, amongst others. Follow Hopkin's adventures from the outbreak of the Glendower revolt to the battle of Agincourt and beyond - the history of a turbulent period.
Used availability for Andrew Barlow's The Bear Pit
July 2009 : UK Paperback
July 2009 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition