The Cup of Ghosts

The Cup of Ghosts

Paul Doherty / Feb 27, 2020

The Cup of Ghosts By Mathilde of Westminster was considered the finest physician in London But in her years as lady in waiting to Princess Isabella she was drawn into the murky politics of the English court whe

  • Title: The Cup of Ghosts
  • Author: Paul Doherty
  • ISBN: 9780755328758
  • Page: 292
  • Format: Paperback
  • By 1322, Mathilde of Westminster was considered the finest physician in London But in her years as lady in waiting to Princess Isabella, she was drawn into the murky politics of the English court, where sudden, mysterious death was part of the tapestry of life.Many years later, Mathilde looks back and chronicles her turbulent life With her sharp, suspicious intellect reaBy 1322, Mathilde of Westminster was considered the finest physician in London But in her years as lady in waiting to Princess Isabella, she was drawn into the murky politics of the English court, where sudden, mysterious death was part of the tapestry of life.Many years later, Mathilde looks back and chronicles her turbulent life With her sharp, suspicious intellect ready to distinguish between a fatality and an unnatural death, Mathilde is confronted by a host of chilling murders The source of these horrors is the fierce political rivalry between Philip of France and Edward of England This manifests itself in a series of gruesome killings, one of which actually took place during Edward II s Coronation, when a knight of the Royal Household, Sir John Baquelle was crushed to death.

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      • Paul Doherty

        Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name See this thread for information.He has been published under several pseudonyms P.C Doherty, Celia L Grace, Paul Harding, Ann Dukthas, Vanessa Alexander, Michael Clynes and Anna Apostolou but now writes only under his own name.Paul Doherty was born in Middlesbrough North Eastern England in 1946 He had the usual education before studying at Durham for three years for the Catholic priesthood but decided not to proceed He went to Liverpool University where he gained a First Class Honours Degree in History and won a state scholarship to Exeter College, Oxford, whilst there he met his wife Carla Lynn Corbitt He continued his studies but decided that the academic world was not for him and became a secondary school teacher.Paul worked in Ascot, Nottingham and Crawley West Sussex before being appointed as Headmaster to Trinity Catholic School in September 1981 Trinity is a large comprehensive 1700 on roll which teaches the full ability range, ages 11 18 The school has been described as one of the leading comprehensives in the U.K In April, 2000 H M Inspectorate describe it as an Outstanding School , and it was given Beacon status as a Centre of Excellence whilst, in the Chief Inspector s Report to the Secretary of State for January 2001, Trinity Catholic High School was singled out for praise and received a public accolade.Paul s other incarnation is as a novelist He finished his doctorate on the reign of Edward II of England and, in 1987, began to publish a series of outstanding historical mysteries set in the Middle Age, Classical, Greek, Ancient Egypt and elsewhere These have been published in the United States by St Martin s Press of New York, Edhasa in Spain, and Eichborn, Heyne, Knaur and others in Germany They have also been published in Holland, Belgium, France, Italy, Romania, Estonia, Czechoslovakia, Russia, Bulgaria, Portugal and China, as well as Argentina and Mexico.He has been published under several pseudonyms see the bibliography C L Grace, Paul Harding, Ann Dukthas and Anna Apostolou but now writes only under his own name He recently launched a very successful series based around the life of Alexander the Great, published by Constable Robinson in the U.K and Carroll and Graf in the U.S.A whilst his novels set in Ancient Egypt have won critical acclaim Paul has also written several non fiction titles A Life of Isabella the She wolf of France, Wife of Edward II of England, as well as study of the possible murder of Tutankhamun, the boy Pharaoh of Egypt s 18th Dynasty, and a study on the true fate of Alexander the Great.Paul and Carla live on the borders of London and Essex, not far from Epping Forest and six of their children have been through his own school His wife Carla currently owns two horses and is training, for showing and dressage, a beautiful Arab filly named Polly.Paul lectures for a number of organisations, particularly on historical mysteries, many of which later feature in his writings A born speaker and trained lecturer Paul Doherty can hold and entertain audiences.His one great ambition is to petition the Privy Council of England to open the Purbeck marble tomb of Edward II in Gloucester Cathedral Paul believes the tomb does not house the body


    871 Comments

    1. I would give this book 2-1/2 stars if possible, because for me, it fell in between "okay" and "liked it". As the above blurb outlines the story, I won't waste space repeating it; I will say I generally enjoy Paul Doherty's various historical mystery series (those set in medieval England more so than those set in ancient times), but sometimes find his characters one-dimensional and unrealistic. At times, he seems more interested in setting an authentic street scene (which he does very well, but i [...]


    2. Entertaining.Interesting take on Edward II. Story got slow at times, Mathilda is an interesting character, and looking forward to more books in the series. I have read several of Doherty's historical mysteries,and the rating may be a grade against his own work. I have read several I could not put down, this was not one of those.


    3. The first few pages sow curiosity, then it become a little dull and slow, and then towards the end it picks up momentum. A little elaborate, but what are historical mysteries if they are not!Somehow entertaining and a little tedious at the same time.


    4. By 1322, Mathilde of Westminster was considered the finest physician in London. But in her years as lady-in-waiting to Princess Isabella, she was drawn into the murky politics of the English court, where sudden, mysterious death was part of the tapestry of life. Many years later, Mathilde looks back and chronicles her turbulent life. With her sharp, suspicious intellect ready to distinguish between a fatality and an unnatural death, Mathilde is confronted by a host of chilling murders. The sourc [...]


    5. I had a dificult time with this book. Although a quick and easy read, it seem at first, Doherty can't be bothered to write in detail, which makes for dry reading that is hard to visualize or 'lose yourself in'. The whole time I read this book, I was very aware I was reading a book. I much rather have a book sweep me up and take me in to the story and time period it is set in. As a lover of historical fiction, I felt that the characters didn't feel 'believable' for the period, that the mystery wa [...]


    6. THE CUP OF GHOSTS (Historical-France/England-1300s) – G+Doherty, Paul – 1st in seriesHeadline, 2005- UK Hardcover – ISBN 0755328736*** Mathilde, trained as a physician by her father, finds her life in jeopardy and uprooted. With the Pope’s declaration of Templer’s as heretics, she is taken to her uncle for safety just before her father is executed. The only way for her uncle to keep her safe is for her to become lady in waiting to Princess Isabella and, after Isabella’s marriage to E [...]


    7. This was OK but it was one of those stories where there were so many murders it took me a while to work out which one was the 'important one' I was supposed to have paid most attention to! It also read like a historical novel where the history was more important that the plot or the characters, and it had the 'setting up the detective so that I can follow it up with lots more books' feel about it. So overall, I am surprised anybody survived the 13th century given the constant stabbings, poisonin [...]


    8. Paul Doherty isn't always successful with female protagonists. Mathilde is the exception. Based on the medieval female physician Matilda of Westminster, the character is well rounded and a joy to read.Set during the reign of Edward II, Mathilde is the maid de chambre of Isabella, who came down to history as the notorious 'She-Wolf of France'.Members of Edward II's secret council are in France arranging the marriage of Isabella to Edward, and someone is killing them off. They look like accidents [...]


    9. Set in the early 1300s during the reign of Edward II, this is the first in a series by Paul Doherty about Mathilde of Westminster, the lady-in-waiting to Princess Isabella.Mathilde escapes the persecution of the Templars, assumes a new identity and is placed in the service of Princess Isabella. An arranged marriage between Princess Isabella and Edward II sees them move from France to England. Mathilde has an in depth knowledge of herbal remedies and by 1322 was considered the finest physician in [...]


    10. Apparently the "ghosts" are a clever metaphor as there are no actual ghosts. I guess that's my own fault for not looking into it more thoroughly, though. Nonetheless, I found this book slow with poor development of many characters who come to play a role in the final 100 pages. I often found myself asking "wait, who is that and why do I care?". The ending also seemed abrupt and as though I need to read the next book(s) in the series to solve the mystery completely. This is disappointing as I was [...]


    11. This is a new historical mystery series by an author I like enormously. This book wasn't quite up to par, but interesting enough that I will read the next one when it comes out in paperback. The lead character is a lady in waiting (and well educated healer)to Queen Isabella, wife of Edward II of England. Court intrigue and unpleasant characters abound! My biggest problem with the book is that Isabella simply does not behave or sound like a 13/14 year old, even if she is very bright and has grown [...]


    12. If I hadn't read an in-depth biography/history of Queen Isabella, I would have been completely lost and bored. As it was, I had a hard time getting through the first 50 pages or so. Then the writing picked up, or I caught the groove anyway, and came to appreciate the alternative view of history being portrayed. That said, Edward, Gaveston and Isabella as secret friends and allies is just a little too much.The neat wrap up, the unapologetic poisonings and the matter of fact violence just didn't f [...]


    13. Mathilde looks back on her life with Queen Isabella, and their many dark deeds.This has an interesting heroine and a compelling prologue which sets the scene. From then on though, it's downhill. Acres and acres of descriptions of clothing, food, and interiors delivered in a plodding fashion. What little mystery there is here is swamped in all the detail. A tedious read. There's potential here for a good series but there's a serious lack of narrative drive.


    14. A well-researched historical novel based in 1322 during Edward I rule. Seen through the eyes of Mathilde of Westminster (who was to become one of London's finest physicians)she is drawn into the murky politics of the English court and a host of chilling murders and personal danger. The author skillfuly uses both the present and past reflections of Mathilde - as a young woman in her 20's and an old woman in her 80's.


    15. The story, told in the first person, is rarely free from intrigue and danger. I just wish my mind was as twisted! Matilda is fictional viewer of life in the French and English courts. Her journey sees Isabella of France develop into a complex character with more than her share of life's little difficulties and some that cannot be historically verified but which demonstrate the kill or be killed culture of politics at the time.


    16. This shows lots of promise as a series. The title isn't explained till towards the end, but that doesn't matter. It also doesn't matter that the character is overlaid on a real person of the time. If you are following "The She Wolves of England" you'll have met the illustrious Isabella recently and know that there are a number of rumours circulating about that lady.


    17. I love the Hugh Corbett and father Athelstan series, but here, I felt that the real history was too close and hindered the plot and description of the characters. I shall not follow this series for the moment.


    18. I still can't get enough of Doherty's novels,they get better and better.And this one is no exception.Intriguing plot,historical accuracy and intelligent characters,all mixed up with political and personal relationships to form one great novel.




    19. I think the idea of telling his version of the story of Edward II and Isabella through the memoirs of Mathilde of Westminster is absolutely genius. A thoroughly riveting read.


    20. Unusual characters - the mystery a little weak but obviously first in a series need to establish characters, setting and situation


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