The Poison Maiden

The Poison Maiden

Paul Doherty / Feb 27, 2020

The Poison Maiden murder and mayhem are rife in the court of Edward II The Poison Maiden is rumoured to have arrived in England forcing Mathilde of Westminster to face her most dangerous opponent yet England hover

  • Title: The Poison Maiden
  • Author: Paul Doherty
  • ISBN: 9780755328772
  • Page: 211
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1308 murder and mayhem are rife in the court of Edward II The Poison Maiden is rumoured to have arrived in England forcing Mathilde of Westminster to face her most dangerous opponent yet.England hovers on the brink of civil war Edward II, his wife Isabella and the royal favourite Gaveston, Earl of Cornwall, have been forced to retreat to the King s folly , as just an1308 murder and mayhem are rife in the court of Edward II The Poison Maiden is rumoured to have arrived in England forcing Mathilde of Westminster to face her most dangerous opponent yet.England hovers on the brink of civil war Edward II, his wife Isabella and the royal favourite Gaveston, Earl of Cornwall, have been forced to retreat to the King s folly , as just an arrowshot away lie the Great Lords and Philip IV of France They demand the King surrender Cornwall, so they can charge him with high treason.Edward is trapped, and worse, he has learnt that Philip has the Poison Maiden on his side, a formidable spy who did untold damage during his father s reign As Edward tries in vain to unmask the identity of the spy, Mathilde, handmaiden to the Queen, is called upon to assistance the King in his endeavours Soon the crisis spills over into violence The Lords attempt to take Cornwall by force and the King and his Court, including Mathilde, are forced to flee As the enemy closes in, Mathilde finds herself embroiled not only in a brutal struggle for the English crown, but also for her own life.

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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


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    1. As usual, P.C. Doherty has written an historically accurate novel; no mean feat. Edward II and his favourite, Piers Gaveston, are holed up at Westminster, threatened from the great barons from without, and by the Poison Maiden from within. Who is this person, man or woman, or idea? Mathilde of Westminster, confidante of Isabella of Angoulême, Edward's wife, and Demontaigu set out to find out. Twists, turns, dead bodies, and a twist I didn't see coming. A really good read.




    2. The Poison Maiden is the 2nd book in the Mathilde of Westminster series where Paul Doherty tells the story of Richard II and Isabella's first years of marriage. I was intrigued by the first book and last week I "found" this one at the bottom of the TBR pile and decided to pick it up.I have now read some reviews mentioning some historical errors. I must say I didn't notice them while reading as this is a period I'm not too familiar with, but on principle errors annoy me!Like the first book there [...]


    3. Another Winner for the Author: Paul Doherty is the consummate storyteller and whatever subject he happens to pick to write about the books and the characters within them seem to come to life. Be it medieval England or Ancient Egypt his grasp of the subject is always first class. He has written many, many books over the years and how he manages to achieve this and also have the full time job of a school headmaster beggars belief. I do not think I have missed reading one of his books and there rea [...]


    4. This is part two of Mathilde's story and takes her through the early spring of 1308. I've never thought about Edward II's favourite much; he was always just a place holder, the character that made the political situation more complicated than usual. If I thought about anyone I wondered about Queen Isabelle and how she handled things.It was not an enviable situation at all. Gaveston is always cited as Piers but Doherty calls him Peter, which some English might have. He was Gascon, so Piers would [...]


    5. c2007: my star rating rationale is a bit erratic at the best of times but the only reason that I have given this book such a low rating is because the plot devices in this mystery were almost identical to another Doherty book that I had just read - Murders Immortal Mask c 2008. By that, a locked room with seemingly no way of leaving, a scrap of parchment providing mysterious clues, a female protagonist supported by a man of action. However, the background narrative and descriptions remain as sup [...]


    6. Предполагам, че средностатистическият читател изпитва известна досада, четейки подробните описания на живота в средновековния град и кралския двор в книгите на Пол Дохърти. На мен пък именно те ми харесват. Като историк, специализирал именно епохата на Едуард ІІ и Изабела [...]


    7. Another excellent and well-referenced novel that continues on from The Cup of Ghosts. This time the Spring of 1308 when England in hovering on the brink of war and Edward II calls on Mathilde of Westminster to protect him. There are rumours that King Philip of France has employed the "Poison Maiden" and it is Mathilde's task to resolve a highly volatile situation.


    8. Excellent Medieval mystery.The plot was nicely twisted and the reader is well embedded in the time period. There was the occasional word use that threw me out of the time period but other than that this was a fun read.


    9. Fabulous sequel to Cup of Ghosts - Mathilde of Westminster continues her memoirs of her time with Edward II and Isabella. I think this is Paul Doherty at his absolute best.


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