The Prince of Darkness

The Prince of Darkness It is and a fragile peace exists between Edward of England and Philip IV of France In the fetid alleys and slums of London and Paris it is a different matter Here the secret agents of both countr

  • Title: The Prince of Darkness
  • Author: Paul Doherty
  • ISBN: 9780747238669
  • Page: 496
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • It is 1301 and a fragile peace exists between Edward of England and Philip IV of France In the fetid alleys and slums of London and Paris it is a different matter Here the secret agents of both countries still fight their own, silent, deadly battles The Prince of Wales wallows in luxury under the sinister influence of his favourite, Gaveston, who has secret political amIt is 1301 and a fragile peace exists between Edward of England and Philip IV of France In the fetid alleys and slums of London and Paris it is a different matter Here the secret agents of both countries still fight their own, silent, deadly battles The Prince of Wales wallows in luxury under the sinister influence of his favourite, Gaveston, who has secret political ambitions to dominate the young prince and the English crown These scandals are threatened with exposure when Lady Belmont, the prince s former mistress, is found dead, her neck broken, at the foot of a nunnery s steps Was it suicide An accident Or malicious murder Edward turns to his master spy, Hugh Corbett, to solve the mystery In doing so, Corbett must face the deadly rivalry of his French counterpart, the murderous rage of Gaveston and the silent threats of assassins He must also contend with the lies and silken deceits of his own master.

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    1. Paul Doherty

      Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name See this thread for information.He has been published under several pseudonyms P.C Doherty, Celia L Grace, Paul Harding, Ann Dukthas, Vanessa Alexander, Michael Clynes and Anna Apostolou but now writes only under his own name.Paul Doherty was born in Middlesbrough North Eastern England in 1946 He had the usual education before studying at Durham for three years for the Catholic priesthood but decided not to proceed He went to Liverpool University where he gained a First Class Honours Degree in History and won a state scholarship to Exeter College, Oxford, whilst there he met his wife Carla Lynn Corbitt He continued his studies but decided that the academic world was not for him and became a secondary school teacher.Paul worked in Ascot, Nottingham and Crawley West Sussex before being appointed as Headmaster to Trinity Catholic School in September 1981 Trinity is a large comprehensive 1700 on roll which teaches the full ability range, ages 11 18 The school has been described as one of the leading comprehensives in the U.K In April, 2000 H M Inspectorate describe it as an Outstanding School , and it was given Beacon status as a Centre of Excellence whilst, in the Chief Inspector s Report to the Secretary of State for January 2001, Trinity Catholic High School was singled out for praise and received a public accolade.Paul s other incarnation is as a novelist He finished his doctorate on the reign of Edward II of England and, in 1987, began to publish a series of outstanding historical mysteries set in the Middle Age, Classical, Greek, Ancient Egypt and elsewhere These have been published in the United States by St Martin s Press of New York, Edhasa in Spain, and Eichborn, Heyne, Knaur and others in Germany They have also been published in Holland, Belgium, France, Italy, Romania, Estonia, Czechoslovakia, Russia, Bulgaria, Portugal and China, as well as Argentina and Mexico.He has been published under several pseudonyms see the bibliography C L Grace, Paul Harding, Ann Dukthas and Anna Apostolou but now writes only under his own name He recently launched a very successful series based around the life of Alexander the Great, published by Constable Robinson in the U.K and Carroll and Graf in the U.S.A whilst his novels set in Ancient Egypt have won critical acclaim Paul has also written several non fiction titles A Life of Isabella the She wolf of France, Wife of Edward II of England, as well as study of the possible murder of Tutankhamun, the boy Pharaoh of Egypt s 18th Dynasty, and a study on the true fate of Alexander the Great.Paul and Carla live on the borders of London and Essex, not far from Epping Forest and six of their children have been through his own school His wife Carla currently owns two horses and is training, for showing and dressage, a beautiful Arab filly named Polly.Paul lectures for a number of organisations, particularly on historical mysteries, many of which later feature in his writings A born speaker and trained lecturer Paul Doherty can hold and entertain audiences.His one great ambition is to petition the Privy Council of England to open the Purbeck marble tomb of Edward II in Gloucester Cathedral Paul believes the tomb does not house the body

    112 thoughts on “The Prince of Darkness”

    1. I've been looking for a new series of period mysteries to read during the summer, and hoped that this would be it. I've read positive reviews of Doherty's works and am impressed with his credentials for writing this type of work. Unfortunately, his writing fails to "grab" me. The historical setting is undoubtedly authentic, but I always feel at a distance from it. I have a hard time keeping the politics straight, and I simply do not want to work that hard with this kind of book. I want something [...]


    2. Another good addition to the Hugh Corbett series. After finishing the novel I had a hard time trying to figure out the rants of Edward I towards the lack of progress in the investigations being conducted by Corbett. (considering the information provided at the end of the story)


    3. Another masterful medieval mystery from the pen of Paul Doherty, one which restored my hope in the Hugh Corbett series after the previous disappointing volume.I have to confess that this particular mystery caught me completely unaware, with my suspected perpetrator not being revealed as the killer. It was a pleasant surprise I admit, a reminder of the way a good mystery holds one's attention right to the large page, keeping one in suspense, fluctuating between suspects as more information is rev [...]


    4. A great book!Again I was amazed with all the turns and twists reading this book. It kept me interest until the end



    5. Very CleverSo pleased that each adventure never fails in capturing the imagination of the reader. The conclusions by the author really are quite clever


    6. I have really enjoyed previous books in this series and therefore cannot understand why I have left this one on my (real) bookshelf for so long, unread.It took but a few pages to be fully involved again with Sir Hugh, Ranulf and King Edward I . There is action from these early pages which I may have found lacking in other historical novels that I have enjoyed.I remembered another reason that I enjoyed these books. It was the reminders of the 'story so far' as Sir Hugh tries to marshall his thoug [...]


    7. As a former mistress of Edward II, Lady Eleanor Belmont is residing in a convent when she falls to her death down a flight of stairs. Hugh Corbett, royal clerk and spy, is dispatched to find out the truth and runs into treachery and more murders. The fragile peace between England and France rests on the betrothal of Edward to the infant Isabella, the daughter of the King of France. Edward, however, has found true love with a courtier named Piers Gaveston, a young man who may have his own agenda. [...]


    8. This is another in the series of medieval mysteries featuring Hugh Corbett. Set in 1301 Hugh Corbett is sent by King Edward to investigate the murder of Lady Belmont. With assassins and spies on his trail, Corbett is able to unravel the mystery and avoid triggering a civil war between King Edward and his son the Prince of Wales.All the usual suspects are here, and this was another enjoyable 'whodunnit'. Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys reading historical fiction.


    9. En 1301, une paix fragile s'installe entre l'Angleterre et la France; dans la coulisse les espions des deux royaumes continuent toutefois de se surveiller en silence. Le prince de Galles s'abandonne à la voluptueuse et dangereuse influence de son favori, le Gascon Piers Gaveston qui nourrit de secrètes ambitions politiques. La mort mystérieuse de Lady Eleanor Belmont, officiellement promise au prince, vient compliquer davantage encore le jeu diplomatique.


    10. This is the first Doherty mystery I have read, and I was pleasantly surprised by the depth of the characterization. Doherty draws his characters well, and fleshes out even the minor characters, and has a deft way of putting the characters together in ensemble. The story was well plotted. Not quite as much historical detail as some others, but a very satisfying read.


    11. I really,really liked that novel, as I have all of Doherty's books. This one was quite interesting and I didn't have a clue what was going on until the very end. I'm so glad the Hugh Corbet series continues to grow, these novels are so addictive!


    12. Hugh Corbett succeeds against all odds again in another well-written mystery from the pen of Paul Doherty. A great read.


    13. Everything you expect from this author - a well-written mystery, not too easy to guess. Well-drawn characters for the length of the book and it clips along at a good pace. On to book six


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