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SHARAN NEWMAN
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Sept. 30 1996 Catherine Levendeur
Headstrong Catherine LeVendeur chooses love over churchly devotion when she marries the Saxon nobleman, Edgar, but when the mummified arm of St. Aldhelm is stolen, Catherine and Edgar must race to find the lost reliquary to save the honor and lives of those they love. Reprint.

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In 12th-century France, religion suffuses society. Relics, attributed with great power, are (almost) universally venerated and trade in religious objects is a lucrative, often dangerous business. After losing their first child at birth, ex-novice Catherine Le Vendeur and her English husband, Edgar, last encountered in The Devil's Door, are drawn into this perilous world when Edgar agrees to pose as a masterless craftsman and infiltrate the group suspected of refashioning stolen religious goods. Also at stake is the future of Catherine's relatives, Jews living near the Abbey of St. Denis on sufferance of King Louis VII. Natan ben Judah, whose unsavory reputation may endanger his people, has been murdered; and the relic of the arm of Saint Aldhelm of England, which figures in the dynastic struggles between England's King Stephen and his cousin Matilda, widow of the Holy Roman Emperor, has disappeared. Newman displays a sure hand with the period and her affecting cast in this deftly crafted tale.
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Newman (The Devil's Door, Forge, 1994) offers lively and credible historical fiction as she depicts 12th-century Paris and environs. She centers her tale around 19-year-old Catherine Le Vendeur, a Christian of Jewish blood, and her Saxon husband, Edgar. Edgar, posing as an out-of-luck metalworker, and Catherine, portraying his wife, attempt to discover who has been stealing English church objects, melting them down, and reworking them?a practice blamed in part on a murdered Jew. Intriguing plot, realistic depictions of contemporary culture, and a spunky young heroine. Highly recommended.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This is possibly the best of the first four books written by Sharan Newman in her Catherine LeVendeur Mysteries. It is a complex tale of murder and deceit in the realm of Paris in the 12th century, and reflects upon a true problem of the time--stolen reliquaries. If you have read and enjoyed Sheri Holman's "A Stolen Tongue" or Umberto Eco's "The Name of the Rose," you may find yourself finishing this tale in one sitting. It a quick but fascinating read, highly entertaining, and showing the author's ever increasing level of mastery of the genre. Highly Recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good Historical Mystery! Nov. 20 2003
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Sharan Newman writes a very good medieval mystery. She does her homework on the historical facts for the time that she writes in (12th century France), and the authenticity of these facts, combined with her compelling character development make for a "page-turner" of a read. Catherine and her Edgar are the liveliest set of sleuths out their in the historical genre. In this outing Catherine's father have asked Edgar and Catherine to find a religious relic that has been stolen from Edgar's home country of England. Those following the relic's progress think it has made its way into France. Not only do we get to follow our protaganists in their search, but we get a clear picture of what relations were like between the Christians and the Jews in Paris in the 12 century. Ms. Newman's plotting is as good as her characterization, and this is a very enjoyable medieval.
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5.0 out of 5 stars In the spirit of "A Stolen Tongue" or "The Name of the Rose" July 7 2000
By Edward Alexander Gerster - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is possibly the best of the first four books written by Sharan Newman in her Catherine LeVendeur Mysteries. It is a complex tale of murder and deceit in the realm of Paris in the 12th century, and reflects upon a true problem of the time--stolen reliquaries. If you have read and enjoyed Sheri Holman's "A Stolen Tongue" or Umberto Eco's "The Name of the Rose," you may find yourself finishing this tale in one sitting. It a quick but fascinating read, highly entertaining, and showing the author's ever increasing level of mastery of the genre. Highly Recommended.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good Historical Mystery! Nov. 20 2003
By S. Schwartz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Sharan Newman writes a very good medieval mystery. She does her homework on the historical facts for the time that she writes in (12th century France), and the authenticity of these facts, combined with her compelling character development make for a "page-turner" of a read. Catherine and her Edgar are the liveliest set of sleuths out their in the historical genre. In this outing Catherine's father have asked Edgar and Catherine to find a religious relic that has been stolen from Edgar's home country of England. Those following the relic's progress think it has made its way into France. Not only do we get to follow our protaganists in their search, but we get a clear picture of what relations were like between the Christians and the Jews in Paris in the 12 century. Ms. Newman's plotting is as good as her characterization, and this is a very enjoyable medieval.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great June 19 2014
By Waynek - Published on Amazon.com
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Another great book from Ms. Newman. I have learned a lot about life in the Middle Ages from her books. She inserts small insignificant details in that you would never find in other books about the period.
5.0 out of 5 stars Maintaining Peace in in Medieval Paris Jan. 29 2014
By plb3 - Published on Amazon.com
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Paris was an important hub of medieval Europe, It was the first stop for Angles, Saxons, and British Normans moving south into Europe, it was an important stop for both Christian and Jewish merchants bringing trade goods north from southern France and Italy, and it was a thriving boiler pot of French politics and Christian theological debates. Catherine--late of Heloise's Paraclete--is now married to Edgar, a younger (and poorer) son of an important Anglo-Saxon family. In this 3rd book of the series, the couple returns to Catherine's family house to await the birth of their first child. A hard childbirth ends badly, and they are left trying to find comfort, as well as a means of making a living. However, as always seems true for Catherine, she soon become embroiled in finding an important relic, the arm of St. Aldhelm,which was stolen from Salisbury and has disappeared in Paris.
The major characters and their friends and families continue to develop more fully, and the description of medieval life is a rich tapestry. And if the reader happens to know any Latin, Hebrew, Anglo-Saxon, or French,i t can be dusted off and used to translate the quotations that open each chapter.
This is an exciting and rich novel: deep historical knowledge surrounding a satisfying and twisty mystery.
0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty bad May 11 2008
By Sammi-K - Published on Amazon.com
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I had to read this book for my history class but I found I couldn't even finish it. My professor warned us that it was "cheesy." Personally, I thought it was more unbelievable thus a boring waste of time. Sort of female sherlock holmes in 12th century France, I just didn't buy it. Definitely start at the beginning of the series if you're going to attempt this. I don't think I'll bother, since there are plenty more historical novels out there that are way more enjoyable than this.
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