Spy in Chancery, Paperback Book
2 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Edward I of England and Philip IV of France are at war.

Philip, by devious means, has managed to seize control of the English duchy of Aquitaine in France, and is now determined to crush Edward.

King Edward suspects that his enemy is being aided by a spy in the English court and commissions his chancery clerk, Hugh Corbett, to trace and, if possible, destroy the traitor.

Corbett's mission brings him into danger on both land and at sea, and takes him to Paris, and its dangerous underworld, and then to hostile Wales.

Unwillingly he is drawn into the murky undercurrents of international politics in the last decade of the thirteenth century.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
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  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780747236153

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I believe this is the second worst medieval murder mystery I've read (or half read, since I couldn't go on punishing myself). It reads like a first draft that was dashed off in two weeks with no love from a competent editor. The edition I have is the first American edition, but it was published previously in the UK, so the number of spelling mistakes and typos only add to the impression of something knocked off and rushed out. It is one of those books one reads and wonder how in the world it ever got published. There is a fresh abuse of the English language every few pages. In one instance, the hero comments on the 'sexual prowess' of two other male characters, when the author really means 'sexual appetite'. The main character has no way of knowing the relative prowess the two gentlemen in question, unless there is some back story I am happily missing. And that's just the most memorable example. A truly awful read.

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This is another book in the Hugh Corbett series of medieval mysteries, and I really enjoyed it.

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