The Lark's Lament

The Lark's Lament In AD The Fools Guild Is In Hiding, Under Attack From The Forces Of Pope Innocent III Theophilos And Claudia, Jesters With The Guild, Are Sent To Enlist The Help Of A Former Guild Member The Minstrel Folquet, Now The Abbot Folq At A Cistercian Monastery To Intercede With The Pope On Their Behalf But While They Are At The Abbey Pleading Their Case, A Gruesome Murder Takes Place A Monk Is Killed In The Librarium And A Cryptic Message Written On The Wall In His Blood In The Wake Of The Murder, Folq Issues An Ultimatum To Theophilos If He Learns The Meaning Of The Message And Finds The Killer, Folq Will Help The Guild But If The Jester Fails, Folq Will Have The Pope Declare The Guild Anathema With The Future Of The Guild On The Line, Theophilos, His Wife, And Their Apprentice Go Off In Search Of Folquet S Past And The Meaning Of The Message, Uncovering A Long Ago Series Of Events That Were As Deadly Then As They Are Proving To Be Now

See this thread for information. Alan Gordon is the author of the Fools Guild mysteries His short fiction and essays have appeared in Alfred Hitchcock s Mystery Magazine, Ellery Queen s Mystery Magazine, Isaac Asimov s Science Fiction Magazine, The Drood Review of Mystery and the Medieval Academy Newsletter He lives in New York City with his wife, Judy Downer, and son, Robert By day, he is a lawyer with the Legal Aid Society.Series

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  • Hardcover
  • 274 pages
  • The Lark's Lament
  • Alan Gordon
  • English
  • 13 May 2019
  • 9780312354268

10 thoughts on “The Lark's Lament

  1. says:

    This book is one of The Fool s Guild series and I have liked all of the books I have read in the series Guild members, in addition to entertaining are also involved in keeping the peace and in carrying out diplomatic missions In this volume, Theophilos, the fool, is on a mission to assist the Guild in resisting the efforts of the Pope to eliminate it In order to accomplish the mission Theo, his wife Claudia, also a Guild member , and their Apprentice Helga accompanied by their baby daughter Portia, travel, entertain and investigate a mystery which they must solve in order to get the cooperation they need to save the Guild and their way of life The writing style, as should be expected since it deals with Fools is highly entertaining and often laugh inducing More surprising, to this reader at any rate, is that the story is historically based and the Fool s Guild was an actual organization which played a major role in the society of the time.

  2. says:

    My third read in Mr Gordon s clever and consistent series a departure from the two previous ones I read, in that this was not based on a Shakespearean play but rather on the troubador traditions of southern France primarily Marseille and Montpellier The mystery was complex but ultimately satisfying, and the development of the characters continues to be quite good I must read of these.

  3. says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed The Lark s Lament It is a very cleverly written medieval mystery, well researched, with good plotting and a mystery that keeps you guessing What is superb about this book is the humorous repartee between the main characters, which kept me laughing, and their close relationship despite their ironic humor.

  4. says:

    Not quite as riveting as the previous stories but the quick witted dialogue still manages to make me want to keep turning the pages.I love the fool family and look forward to the next installment.

  5. says:

    A book that can inform and entertain.I only see two in this series, which saddens me The witty and resourceful main characters will be missed.

  6. says:

    It s 1204, and The Fool s Guild is in trouble Seeking assistance from a former troubadour turned monk, Theophilos, Claudia, their apprentice Helga and infant daughter Portia head for the Cistercian abbey where Folquet is now the abbot But a foul murder shortly after Theo s visit drags the Fool Family into solving the mystery for the abbot before he will agree to assist them.What can I say about this series that I haven t already said It s a delight to read, with wonderful characters, careful research and a writing style that makes the story flow by far too quickly Easy to read, yet with enough meaty historical detail that it occasionally prompts the reader to put the book down and do a bit of research I have all the books in this series on my keeper shelf, and there s only two before I hit the endso I m hoarding them This makes me extremely sad But I guess that means I can start reading them over

  7. says:

    This was a fun book It s simply written and I could see it clearly as TV show paid TV to do it right The most interesting thing about it is the authors insistence of its veracity He cites some scholarly works in the foot notes many of them his own O_o to support his assertion that are compeling When I get interested enough in the idea that the medieval fools guild was the 1400s equivalence of the CIA and did to control European politics than the Catholic church did I may actually go and look up independent documentation Maybe not.

  8. says:

    Again, this was hilarious The mystery was good, the humor spot on, the characters brilliant What can you want in a mystery And, once again, the fiction and actual history was blended together so brilliantly that I had to look up whether Folc was a real person or not I didn t bother guessing the mystery for this book since I knew that I just wanted to be along for the ride with these three, four if you count Portia, fools The Fool Family is a very apt description indeed.

  9. says:

    I really enjoyed this installment of a great series I struggled getting into the last one Antic Disposition , but dove right into this one and almost couldn t put it down The dialogue, the action, the historical background are all enjoyable, and I REALLY appreciate Gordon s humor If you haven t tried this series but enjoy medieval fiction mysteries, give it a whirl

  10. says:

    So glad to find Alan Gordon again The interplay between husband and wife, the picture of the early medieval world, the whole construction of the Fools Guild it s all so skillful The book becomes very dark toward the end, but that s somewhat typical of this series I d recommend starting at the beginning with Thirteenth Night, but this is by far by favorite medieval series.

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