By Margaret Frazer
From the pages of the nationwide bestselling Dame Frevisse mysteries...
A competition OF MURDER...
In the early summer season of 1438, Joliffe and his fellow gamers have arrived in Coventry for the theatrical competition of Corpus Christi Day. hired through one of many city's wealthy and strong service provider guilds, they plan to provide of the various performs with a view to extravagantly depict all of God's tale in a parade of pomp and pageantry.
But while they arrange to accomplish the Nativity, Joliffe should be referred to as directly to play a sensible guy off the degree besides. while the service provider grasp Kydwa is going lacking and is presumed useless, the crafty Bishop Beaufort calls on Joliffe's talents as a undercover agent to discover the mysteries of Coventry's elite. As suspicion falls on his personal partners, Joliffe is drawn into the devilish machinations of a mystery sect of heretics bent on destroying the Church. The gamers could be pressured to provide the harrowing of Hell, yet will Joliffe be ready to resolve a confession of corruption sooner than Coventry's darkish enigmas unharness a medieval bloodbath of the innocents?
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With them, you ride back to the battle lines and, under the command of Sir John Balfour, make an outflanking manoeuvre on the Royalist infantry, now abandoned by their cavalry. The battle continues until dusk, and as darkness falls neither side can claim a true victory. Your outflanking manoeuvre helped to take the pressure off the Parliamentarian infantry, but Prince Rupert, returning with his cavalry, managed to drive you back down the hill again. Now turn to 245. riding hard. Now make a Horsemanship skill roll.
Prince Rupert himself is presiding, and you are horrified to learn that the penalty for being found guilty of disobeying orders is death by firing squad. You must make a successful Persuasion skill roll to avoid this fate. If you succeed, then turn to 35; if you fail, then turn to 171. 167 Leaving the House, you are accosted by Sir Henry Vane. 'You have voted wrongly yet again, Master Worden,' he says. 'I have voted with my conscience,' you reply haughtily. Take very good care that your conscience does not lead you astray,' he tells you.
Religious persecution continues, and it seems to you that much of the innocence of the old way of life has disappeared. Your adventure ends here, in a newer, wider but By skilful ducking and weaving, you manage to evade the footpad's club and gain the freedom of the street behind him. Running as fast as you can, you finally reach the safety of your lodgings. Later, after a meal and several stiff drinks, you think about the attack. It seems obvious that someone was trying to teach you a lesson, and you can guess who it was.