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A Plague on Both Your Houses txt A Plague on Both Your Houses, text ebook A Plague on Both Your Houses, adobe reader A Plague on Both Your Houses, chapter 2 A Plague on Both Your Houses, A Plague on Both Your Houses f2c689 In The Tradition Of Ellis Peters, A Plague On Both Your Houses Introduces The Physician Matthew Bartholomew, Whose Unorthodox But Effective Treatment Of His Patients Frequently Draws Accusations Of Heresy From His Traditional Colleagues Besides His Practice, Bartholomew Is Teacher Of Medicine At Michaelhouse, Part Of The Fledgling University Of Cambridge In , The Inhabitants Of Cambridge Live Under The Shadow Of A Terrible Pestilence That Has Ravaged Europe And Is Travelling Relentlessly Eastward Towards England Bartholomew, However, Is Distracted By The Sudden And Inexplicable Death Of The Master Of Michaelhouse A Death The University Authorities Do Not Want Investigated When Three Scholars Die In Mysterious Circumstances, Bartholomew Defies The University And Begins His Own Enquiry His Pursuit For The Truth Leads Him Into A Complex Tangle Of Lies And Intrigue That Causes Him To Question The Innocence Of His Closest Friends, And Even His Family And Then The Black Death Finally Arrives And Bartholomew Is Dragged Deeper And Deeper Into A Quagmire Which Threatens Not Only His Life, But The Continued Existence Of The University And The Future Of The Town


About the Author: Susanna Gregory

Elizabeth Cruwys, a Cambridge academic who was previously a coroner s officer She writes detective fiction, and is noted for her series of mediaeval mysteries featuring Matthew Bartholomew, a teacher of medicine and investigator of murders in 14th century Cambridge.She is married to author



10 thoughts on “A Plague on Both Your Houses

  1. says:

    A good HF series I ve been following for some time now


  2. says:

    This first of Susanna Gregory s Matthew Bartholomew novels still and after than fifteen years ranks amongst my very favourites of this now quite extensive series my original copy of A Plague on Both Your Houses, I literally stumbled upon in an airport bookstore in August 2000, and I actually managed to read the entire novel on my four hour flight from Calgary to Toronto, so enthralling and interesting the plot and the featured characters proved to be Full of informative historical details not only with regard to Medieval Cambridge, but the entire era of the Plague, the Black Death , and presenting an evocative, immediate sense of both time and place, the author introduces, portrays characters who grow on you, characters who become part of you and whom you might even personally enjoy having as friends and perhaps even well characters like Matthew, Brother Michael, and Oswald Stanhope, as of course, the same cannot really be said with regard to some of the lesser and villainous personages, but truly, all of the presented and featured literary figures, both heroes and villains, are portrayed as richly nuanced, and even with those who do end up as scoundrels, as criminals, their villainy, their negativity, is often not all that obvious at the onset, is delightfully and even sometimes rather creepily and strangely hidden Combined with an at times horrifying, yet always thankfully realistic ambience and sense of what Cambridge as a university and as a town was like during the Middle Ages, during the first bout of the Black Death, A Plague on Both Your Houses is highly recommended for ANYONE but especially for historical mystery enthusiasts who are looking for a series that is intelligent, informative and has living and breathing, has authentic seeming persons as its cast of characters and is also generally not too overly and or gratuitously violent in scope and nature And the academic setting of Cambridge University is and always will be a much loved and massively personally appreciated added bonus, an evocative painting of academic life in Medieval Cambridge, Medieval Britain, of both its positives and also its negatives.


  3. says:

    Definitely 4.5 Stars After having read all the books so far from this astounding mystery author, Susanna Gregory, of the great Thomas Chaloner series, I decided to make a start with the Matthew Bartholomew series beginning with this book, volume 1.Although this historical mystery is already 23 years old, it s still as fresh now as it was then, in 1996.Storytelling is, just like the Thomas Chaloner series, although this is the series that the author started and sent her on the way of recognition, of a superb quality, it s also a story where all the characters come vividly to life and where the historical details are wonderfully worked out in this medieval mystery, and not to forget the delightful picturing of the atmospheric surroundings of Cambridge, England.At the beginning of the book you ll find two well drawn maps of Cambridge, England, and of Michaelhouse, part of Cambridge University, both from circa AD 1348.Like I said before this murder mystery is set in and around Cambridge, England, from the year AD 1348 until March, AD 1349, with also the pestilence raging across Europe and England, and in these circumstances our main character, the physician doctor to Michaelhouse College, Matthew Bartholomew, comes into action as an investigator, especially when the Master of Michaelhouse, Sir John Babington, is suddenly found dead and the University authorities made it known that they don t want this death investigated.Just because of the University s and the Bishop s refusal to investigate this murder, Matthew Bartholomew, is now than determined and also after a few friendly advices very careful, to get to the truth of this murder, and his investigation will lead him to murders, besides the plague deaths, but it will also lead him into a tangle of deceit and intrigue from both close friends and his family.What will follow is a very eventful mystery into which Matthew Bartholomew has to face quite dangerous and deadly encounters from these conspirators, and after a few twist and turns and solving an exciting plot within a plot, he will be able to identify the culprit s of these terrible murders, and finally bring some peace into a Cambridge community which is plagued all around with the Black Death.Very much recommended, for this is a really satisfying start of this already well known and long run series, and that s why I like to call this episode An Intriguing Begin of this Medieval Mystery Series


  4. says:

    Okay pretty good mystery, too much university politics the hostels vs the Colleges vs the townspeople vs the merchants I was very confused at times , too many names and characters serves me right for reading in bed at night too sleepy to pay attention Well written, likable characters, nice historical backdrop although the oozing buboes were a little much at times.3 stars


  5. says:

    After finishing this novel, I felt like I had really read two separate novels It seemed like there was a novel about the plague and a novel about the murders at Michaelhouse I understand the plague was a big deal in the world at the time of the events of this novel but the way the writer included it took a little bit away from the mystery The novel was written well enough for me to want to continue on with this series.


  6. says:

    Not 40 pages in and so far we have 2 dead academics, a contentious election, and a near riot.I feel the need for some popcorn.ETA Wow, plot doesn t slow down, that s for sure.


  7. says:

    This is the first story on Mathew Bartholomew series when he tries to solve some murder in Cambridge University and treat with some unorthodox ways some patients affected by the Plague The Oxford Cambridge also comes out from time to time but it s not fully explored by the author.


  8. says:

    3.5 stars I read several books in this series a number of years ago, and would have read But one of my pet peeves about my local library is that they almost never have the first book in a series, and I m a bit obsessive okay, maybe than a bit about reading a series in order.Anyway, I ve been trying to collect the early books in this series but they are hard to find On a recent trip to England we visited Hay on Wye, also known as the Town of Bookshops, and I found the first three books They had of the series but my luggage did not have room I had already bought a new suitcase to accommodate my London shopping haul Ahem, Hatchards Ahem, Waterstones Anyway, back to the book I love the setting and the backdrop of the Black Death and the characters even though a List of Characters would be helpful since there are a lot of them The plot, as many reviewers have commented is extremely intricate and convoluted During one of the brawls toward the end, I remember thinking that Ms Gregory must have constructed a model of the room and had figures representing each character in order to keep it straight who was trying to kill whom with which weapon Definitely a bit Colonel Mustard in the library with the revolver Nevertheless this is a lot of fun to read I read mystery series, especially historical mysteries, because of the characters and the historical settings, so I can overlook some weakness or implausibility in plots.


  9. says:

    This was a book that had been recommended to me by several people as I lamented the fact that I had run out of Shardlake books to read Some elements of Gregory s writing were reminiscent of Sansom s, even if I didn t feel quite the affection for Matthew Bartholomew as I did for Matthew Shardlake.Bartholomew s story takes place significantly earlier than Shardlake s as well The plague rages through England in 1348, and he finds himself one of the few physicians willing to treat and comfort the suffering poor However, the plague is only the backdrop of the mystery that consumes Bartholomew s thoughts and threatens his life.Residents of Michaelhouse at Cambridge are dropping like flies, and not just of the plague As the bodies pile up, Bartholomew has suspicions of everyone surrounding him He is intelligent, if a little naive, but is still shocked to the core when he discovers the truth behind the murders.This plot is full of twists and turns, some of which are slightly implausible I found it a fun read, satisfyingly sprinkled with historical tidbits At times the story was too convoluted and the Let s summarize what we know moments were annoying, but it was a good enough introduction to make me want to read about the selfless physician, Matthew Bartholomew.


  10. says:

    A Plague on Both Your Houses3 StarsThe Black Death is slowly making its way across Europe and toward England At the same time, a series of mysteries deaths at Cambridge University arouses the suspicions of Matthew Bartholomew, a doctor and scholar at Michaelhouse college As Bartholomew investigates, he uncovers a horrific web of lies and intrigue that makes him question those closest to him and may result in the destruction of the university itself The history of the rivalry between Oxford and Cambridge and the descriptions of the advent of the plague in England symptoms and treatments are particularly interesting Unfortunately, the mystery is not as compelling as it becomes overly complex with several convoluted threads and an abundance of characters with a mish mash of motivations and agendas Aside from Bartholomew, none of the characters are fleshed out well and it is difficult to become attached to any of them Thus, the inevitable deaths due to the plague or murder fails to evoke an emotional response and there is very little tension or suspense All in all, a decent enough historical mystery and I may continue with the series, but it isn t a priority.


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