Falconer and the Face of God

  • Title: Falconer and the Face of God
  • Author: Ian Morson
  • ISBN: 9780312964108
  • Page: 495
  • Format: Paperback
  • Falconer and the Face of God It is Christmas in Oxford when Stefano de Askeles brings his troupe of jongleurs to town Things have not been going well for him poor Gyles de Multon was killed on stage in Winchester and Stefano s p
    It is Christmas in Oxford when Stefano de Askeles brings his troupe of jongleurs to town Things have not been going well for him poor Gyles de Multon was killed on stage in Winchester, and Stefano s pawing of Margaret the tumbler has her husband wild with jealousy But with a new venue to play, they are hopeful that matters will improve Master William Falconer, meanwhiIt is Christmas in Oxford when Stefano de Askeles brings his troupe of jongleurs to town Things have not been going well for him poor Gyles de Multon was killed on stage in Winchester, and Stefano s pawing of Margaret the tumbler has her husband wild with jealousy But with a new venue to play, they are hopeful that matters will improve Master William Falconer, meanwhile, has been scouring the back alleys of Oxford in search of an alchemist who can help his exiled mentor, Roger Bacon, with his research Thus it is that he witnesses the final rehearsal of de Askeles s play and the death of an unfortunate stand in It seems that someone wants de Askeles dead and Falconer is the only one who can save him.

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    About Ian Morson


    1. Born in 1947 in the Midlands town of Derby into a working class family whose members either worked for Rolls Royce or on the railways Educated at the local grammar school with high academic standards The school was one of the first to start teaching Russian Won a scholarship to Oxford University in 1965, and studied Russian At Oxford, developed a love of folk music, and regularly performed at clubs and pubs Was president of the Heritage Society Almost met Bill Clinton same college, wrong year Fell in love with Oxford.Obtained a grant to research into Folk life studies at Leeds University for a year in 1968 69 Wrote a thesis on Folk and Music hall songs Had to look for a real job at the end of it.Started work in London as a library assistant in Harrow, and progressed to a senior post in public libraries over the next twenty years Got married twice and now lives in Mevagissey, Cornwall Became interested in conservation, and spends a lot of time doing voluntary work for the National Trust Also directs and performs for St Austell Players local am dram group.Started writing for real at the age of 42, after having dabbled in unperformed radio plays and unpublished poetry First Falconer novel published at the age of 47.


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    1. What a perfect way to learn more about the Medieval England! This historical mystery set in Oxford in the 1200's gives the reader a crash course on Oxford University in its early days (NOT impressive!); the early Church (less than holy in many ways); and the rampant anti-Semitism prevalent at that time.The roving theatrical troupe at the heart of the story is colorful and Ian Morson creates a very believable cast of characters to complement them. The mystery was a credible puzzle for those who r [...]

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    2. This is my second book that I have read by Morson and I enjoyed this as much as the first! These novels are a great entry into the world of medieval England and the world of academia. The time it 2168 CE at Christmastime and the place is Oxford. Of course there is a murder and Falconer has to get involved. The action involves traveling players, thieving gangs, rival priests, holy relics, a visit by the King's court and much more. I particularly find interesting the interaction between town and g [...]

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    3. Set at Christmas time in Thirteenth Century Oxford where a troop of troubadours are putting on a series of Mystery Plays when a murderer strikes. Regent Master William Falconer,as always in this series,must solve the crime and prevent trouble between the locals and the small Jewish community. The descriptions of the stage and costumes of The Mystery Plays,and role of The Lord of Misrule give added interest to this Historical Mystery.

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    4. This is Ian Morson's Falconer and the Face of God, a historical mystery set in 1267 in Oxford. It is a good story, filled with great details of alchemists, Francis Bacon, the King's Jews, and traveling jongleurs (actors/jugglers/acrobats).

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    5. I enjoyed the realistic depiction of life at Oxford in the 1260's. But found the writing a bit pedestrian and the ending contrived.

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