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A Burnable Book

Author(s): Bruce Holsinger

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London, 1385. Surrounded by ruthless courtiers--including his powerful uncle, John of Gaunt, and Gaunt's artful mistress, Katherine Swynford--England's young king, Richard II, is in mortal peril. Songs are heard across London, said to originate from an ancient book that prophesies the ends of England's kings--including Richard's assassination. Only a few powerful men know that the cryptic lines derive from a "burnable book," a seditious work that threatens the stability of the realm. To find the manuscript, wily bureaucrat Geoffrey Chaucer turns to fellow poet John Gower, a professional trader in information with connections high and low.Gower discovers a conspiracy that reaches from the king's court to London's slums--and potentially implicates Gower's own son. As the intrigue deepens, it becomes clear that John Gower, a man with secrets of his own, may hold the key to saving the king, and England itself.

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"Spellbinding . . . "A Burnable Book" exemplifies the best in historical fiction."--Richmond Times-Dispatch

General Fields

  • : 9780062240347
  • : HarperCollins Publishers
  • : William Morrow & Company
  • : February 2014
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Bruce Holsinger
  • : Electronic book text
  • : English
  • : 464