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About the Author: Ann Swinfen

Ann Swinfen spent her childhood partly in England and partly on the east coast of America She read Classics and Mathematics at Oxford, where she married a fellow undergraduate, the historian David Swinfen While bringing up their five children and studying for an MSc in Mathematics and a BA and PhD in English Literature, she had a variety of jobs, including university lecturer, translator, freela

10 thoughts on “The Bookseller's Tale

  1. says:

    Quite an enjoyable and easily written Medieval crime mystery novel about young bookseller Nicolas Elyot and his two young kids in Oxford, living with his sister Margaret in the university city, his young wife having recently died of pestilence He makes a reasonable living creating and selling books in a city building up again after the pest struck I would say 3.6ish It s the start of a series and I will for sure return to read of this writer Those who enjoy reading historical novels, will enjoy this one too 1353 When young bookseller Nicolas Elyot discovers the body of student William Farringdon in the river Cherwell, it looks like a drowning Soon, however, Nicolas finds evidence of murder Who could have wanted to kill this promising student As Nicolas and his scholar friend Jordain try to unravel what lies behind William s death, they learn that he was innocently caught up in a criminal plot When their investigation begins to involve town, university and abbey, Nicholas takes a risky gamble and puts his family in terrible danger

  2. says:

    This turned out to be an interesting and entertaining start to a series of historical mysteries set in Oxford, England Nicholas Elyot owns a bookshop in medieval Oxford He lives with his sister and two small children after losing his wife to the black death One day returning home he discovers a dead body in the river and thus begins his attempt to discover the identity of the murderer.I really enjoyed the author s style She writes really well with some beautiful descriptions and she captures the feel of village life in those days perfectly She has certainly done her research too and there is lots of really interesting detail about books at the time, and their method of construction and illustration I enjoyed this one very much and look forward to the next book.

  3. says:

    This was an enjoyable historical mystery, the first of what promises to be an excellent series set in medieval Oxford The black death has recently swept through Europe taking many lives including the beautiful young wife of bookseller Nicholas Elyot, leaving behind two young children Nicholas is a former scholar and potential fellow of the University, but left to marry and work and work as a bookseller As well as making copies of books, Nicholas and his apprentices sell parchment, pens and ink to the students and academics and rents out cheap copies of books to the students for their studies When he finds the body of a student he knows floating in the river with blood on his clothes, he fears foul play and becomes involved in investigating what led to his death.I enjoyed that the history of the time was well researched and the everyday doings and lives of the characters felt authentic with many struggling to get back on their feet economically after the plague had taken so many lives I ll be looking out for the next in the series and hopefully featuring the same characters that I ve got to know.

  4. says:

    I liked the 14th century Oxford setting very much and learned a few things about medieval bookmaking and the mystery was satisfying I did think a few times that Nicholas Elyot missed some obvious clues but overall a series I would be interested in continuing

  5. says:

    This novel was pure pleasure I find that I have increasingly less time to read books that I have chosen just for the joy of them, but this was one of them In fact, I became so caught up in the story of tender Nicholas Elyot that I moved immediately on to the next in the series, The Novice s Tale Unfortunately, now I am left simply hoping that Swinfen writes the next book quickly, because I am hooked.By setting the tale in 1353 Oxford, the author is able to explore some wonderful story elements Besides the thoroughly lovable characters, the reader is introduced to a city of learning at a time when books were scripted and bound by hand, death has devastated the country, and some see the way of life changing as labor proves scarce Through Elyot s amateur investigation of a young scholar s murder, we are treated to an intimate look at 14th century Oxford and its surrounding countryside.The plague has passed, but it s shadow looms For those of us who survived, there remained a lingering fear of ever allowing ourselves to love anyone again, so fragile is life, so terrifying the sudden loss Throughout both books, this theme of being careful where love is spent lies underneath the mystery Nicholas lost his wife to the plague after he had given up a bright future for her However, he never regrets his decision for a moment.Nicholas is thoughtful, devout, hardworking, generous, and about as perfect a man as one could hope for, as long as one is attracted to the soft spoken man who is attuned to the scent of ink and parchment than the gleam of sun upon a sword blade I found myself wishing that I could visit his bookshop and watch his scriveners at work His joy at discovering an expertly done illumination was contagious His love of books is second only to his devotion to his family and friends.Against this wonderful backdrop, Swinfen paints a murder scene that tugs the heartstrings and awakens the cry for justice no less in the reader than in dear Nicholas He was not prepared for the journey that he was set upon when he discovered a body in the twisting river enveloping his town, but I, for one, am enjoying being a part of his adventures.

  6. says:

    This is one of the books i picked to read during my campingtrip in France Since i had an enormous reading dip, i chose books that were mostly not too difficult and don t require immense concentration This one, a historic crime novel, seemed to meet the criteria It is about widower Nicolas Elyot who lives in 14th Century Oxford He is a bookseller When one of the students is found murdered, Nicolas wants to find out what happened Mostly because he knew the boy, who worked for him But also because the murder seems to be connected with a very valuable illustrated book.The writer has obviously done her research concerning historical accuracy What people eat, their daily chores, 14th Century tirades and customs, it is all in the book Ann Swinfen paints this picture well It s a fun read, but no then that I enjoyed it I do have an issue with this book Or actually two I dislike it when a book is written using what is supposed to be some sort of medieval english Usually, i don t understand the purpose and i find it distracting Secondly, our master Elyot is extremely naive for an adult educated man who is living in a rough world filled with people who do not mind to use violence to get what they want That makes the second part of the book, where some of the mystery is solved but no killer has been caught, a bit improbable As a reader you can see the outcome almost after the first few pages Do why doesn t our bookseller Most annoying Event though it has it s faults, i very much enjoyed this historical crime novel and will read others in this series.

  7. says:

    In the year 1353, life isn t always easy for a bookshop owner on Oxford s High Street Money s tight, with over half of the city s residents dead from the recent plague town gown rivalries are common and the university s slow to pay its bills It was irksome, says narrator Nicholas Elyot, but the position of official bookseller to the university had the advantage of bringing in a regular income In Swinfen s lively medieval mystery The Bookseller s Tale Shakenoak Press, 2016 , Nicholas is a youthful widower raising his son and daughter with the help of his sister, Margaret, who runs a tight household both siblings had lost their spouses to the Black Death Nicholas goes into crime solving mode after finding the body of a student and former employee floating in the river Cherwell while walking home from an excursion to buy new quills Why was William Farringdon wandering in the countryside so far from school, and who stabbed him in the back Nicholas is an upright fellow with serious responsibilities, but he loves his children dearly He s also an expert in the book business and happily shares his knowledge about quality parchments, manuscript illumination, and smart sales techniques He s an inexperienced investigator, though While some of the scrapes he gets into are very funny, others pose needlessly dangerous risks to himself and his family He s aided in his search for justice by his friend Jordain Brinkylsworth, Warden of Hart Hall, where William had lived Swinfen illustrates merchant and university life in medieval Oxfordshire with a sure hand, and she gives Nicholas an intriguing backstory he had left the celibate life of a scholar behind to marry a shopkeeper s wench, his late wife, Elizabeth Despite her early death and the resentment of some at the university, he doesn t regret his decision I wish this series a long and successful life First published at Reading the Past.

  8. says:

    This was a sweet little book Set in 1300 s in Oxford England, it s a fun, quick historical read The main character is a book seller, and there is a lot of information about book making that I found fascinating Probably a little too much description of Oxford for me, but the place did come alive The mystery isn t that hard to figure out, and I found myself wondering how they were missing so many easy clues, but I loved the characters and the setting.If Swinfen continues this as a series, I think I ll read the next one.

  9. says:

    What I enjoyed about this book was its setting and the fact that the narrator was a 14th century bookseller As far as the mystery it was pretty easy to figure out, unlike what usually happens when I read mysteries Most of the time I miss all the important clues or fail to understand them But it never makes any difference since I read mysteries for the ambience and the characters rather than the plot And that s exactly why I wanted to read this one.Swinfen has done a nice job filling in details about life in the University town of Oxford in 1353 not long after the Plague had decimated the population The book is narrated by Nicholas Elyot, a bookseller who had given up an Oxford fellowship in order to marry the daughter of a shopkeeper because in order to hold an academic position a man had to be a celibate I once found a short poem written in the middle ages that spelled it out this way A student at his books so placed that wealth he might have won From book to wife did fly in haste, from wealth to woe did run Now who hath played a feater cast since juggling first begun in knitting of himself so fast, himself he hath undone. For anyone who loves books, this novel is an interesting glimpse into what it was like when each book had to be laboriously written and illustrated by hand using carefully trimmed feather quills with costly inks on parchment made from animal skins and then bound in leather As a result books were outrageously expensive and Oxford s students couldn t afford their own copies Instead they went to bookshops like the one in this novel in order to rent peciae, specific sections of a manuscript that had been assigned for them to study It s interesting to think about how things have changed when you consider that these days you can read whatever you want without ever setting foot in a bookshop or even opening the pages of a book Much as I enjoy the convenience I still prefer it the old way and even though I wouldn t have been able to afford owning an illuminated manuscript like those in Nicholas Elyot s shop, it would have been great just to have been able to do a little window shopping there.

  10. says:

    3.5 starsOxford England is still reeling from the devastating effects of the plague in the 1350 s Nicholas Elyot is a bookseller, who young wife died leaving him with 2 young children While out running errands , Nicholas discovers the body of an Oxford student in the river a young man that he had employed as a scrivener When Nicholas notices a cut in the boy s clothing, he is determined to find out what happened to the boy.This historical mystery series is very heavy on the historical detail, which I enjoyed Nicholas, the main narrator is a very interesting character he left his studies at Oxford for love, which did cause some hard feelings The author did a great job of weaving in the day to day life of medieval England as well as highlighting the how the plague impacted the town of Oxford The mystery was also interesting The secondary characters were also well rounded I am looking forward to continuing with the series.

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