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The Sanctuary Seeker: A Crowner John Mystery
The Sanctuary Seeker A Crowner John Mystery
Author: Bernard Knight
November, 1194. Appointed by Richard the Lionheart as the first coroner for the county of Devon, Sir John de Wolfe, an ex-Crusader, rides out to the lonely moorland village of Widecombe to hold an inquest on an unidentified body. On his return to Exeter, the coroner is incensed to find that his own brother-in-law, Sheriff Richard de Revelle, i...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780727859136
ISBN-10: 0727859137
Publication Date: 5/2003
Pages: 336
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Publisher: Severn House Publishers
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback
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Historical mystery set in 12th century in the county of Devon, England where Richard the Lionheart has just implemented the first "county coroner" system. Unlike modern-day coroners, there is very little forensic work involved, since dissecting a human body would be looked at as heretical. However, the coroner does examine the body, question suspects and witnesses, holds inquests etc. This is a gritty, honest portrayal of the 12th century that doesn't gloss over the realities of life nor the morality and mores of the day. Loved it and have already ordered the second and third books in the series.
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