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.