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The Tainted Relic

(2005)
(The first book in the Medieval Murderers series)
A novel by

 
 
The anthology centres around a piece of the True Cross, allegedly stained with the blood of Christ, which falls into the hands of Geoffrey Mappestone in 1100, at the end of the First Crusade. The relic is said to be cursed and, after three inexplicable deaths, it finds its way to England in the hands of a thief. After several decades, the relic appears in Devon, where it becomes part of a story by Bernard Knight, set in the 12th century and involving his protagonist, Crowner John. Next, it appears in a story by Ian Morson, solved by his character, the Oxford academic Falconer, and then it migrates back to Devon to encounter Sir Baldwin (Michael Jecks). Eventually, it arrives in Cambridge, in the middle of a contentious debate about Holy Blood relics that really did rage in the 1350s, where it meets Matthew Bartholomew and Brother Michael (Susanna Gregory). Finally, it's despatched to London, where it falls into the hands of Elizabethan players and where Philip Gooden's Nick Revill will determine its ultimate fate.

Genre: Historical Mystery
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Hardback Editions

May 2005 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Tainted Relic: An Historical Mystery by the Medieval Murders
Author(s): Bernard Knight, Simon Beaufort, Ian Morson, Michael Jecks, Susanna Gregory, Philip Gooden
ISBN: 0-7432-6794-X / 978-0-7432-6794-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: SIMON & SCHUSTER
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Paperback Editions

June 2006 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Tainted Relic (Medieval Murderers)
Author(s): The Medieval Murderers
ISBN: 1-4165-0213-0 / 978-1-4165-0213-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
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May 2005 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Tainted Relic
Author(s): The Medieval Murderers
ISBN: 0-7432-6795-8 / 978-0-7432-6795-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
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Audio Editions

2007 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: The Tainted Relic
Author(s): Stephen Thorne, Simon Beaufort, Philip Gooden, Susanna Gregory, Michael Jecks, Bernard Knight, Ian Morson
ISBN: 1-84505-617-5 / 978-1-84505-617-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books
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2007 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Tainted Relic
Author(s): various authors
ISBN: 1-4193-9678-1 / 978-1-4193-9678-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: RecordedBooks
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September 2006 : UK Audio CD
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Title: The Tainted Relic
Author(s): The Medieval Murderers
ISBN: 1-4074-7896-6 / 978-1-4074-7896-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

November 2008 : USA, Australia, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Tainted Relic (Medieval Murderers Book 1)
Author(s): Michael Jecks
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
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November 2008 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Tainted Relic (Medieval Murderers Book 1)
Author(s): The Medieval Murderers
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Availability: Amazon UK