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A Burnable Book - A Novel

Bruce Holsinger

In Chaucer's London, betrayal, murder, and intrigue swirl around the existence of a prophetic book that foretells the deaths of England's kings London, 1385. Surrounded by ruthless courtiers-including his powerful uncle, John of Gaunt, and Gaunt's artful mistress, Katherine Swynford-England's young king, Richard II, is in mortal peril. Songs are heard across London-catchy verses said to originate from an ancient book that prophesies the ends of England's kings-and among the book's predictions is Richard's assassination. Only a few powerful men know that the cryptic lines derive from a "burnable book," a seditious work that threatens the stability of the realm. To find the manuscript, wily bureaucrat Geoffrey Chaucer turns to fellow poet John Gower, a professional trader in information with connections high and low. Gower discovers that the book and incriminating evidence about its author have fallen into the unwitting hands of innocents, who will be drawn into a conspiracy that reaches from the king's court to London's slums and stews-and potentially implicates Gower's own son. As the intrigue deepens, it becomes clear that John Gower, a man with secrets of his own, may hold the key to saving the king, and England itself. Medieval scholar Bruce Holsinger draws on his vast knowledge of the period to add colorful, authentic detail-on everything from poetry and bookbinding to court intrigues and brothels-to this highly entertaining and brilliantly constructed literary mystery that brings medieval England gloriously to life.

In Chaucer's London, betrayal, murder, and intrigue swirl around the existence of a prophetic book that foretells the deaths of England's kings London, 1385. Surrounded by ruthless courtiers-including his powerful uncle, John of Gaunt, and Gaunt's artful mistress, Katherine Swynford-England's young king, Richard II, is in mortal peril. Songs are heard across London-catchy verses said to originate from an ancient book that prophesies the ends of England's kings-and among the book's predictions is Richard's assassination. Only a few powerful men know that the cryptic lines derive from a "burnable book," a seditious work that threatens the stability of the realm. To find the manuscript, wily bureaucrat Geoffrey Chaucer turns to fellow poet John Gower, a professional trader in information with connections high and low. Gower discovers that the book and incriminating evidence about its author have fallen into the unwitting hands of innocents, who will be drawn into a conspiracy that reaches from the king's court to London's slums and stews-and potentially implicates Gower's own son. As the intrigue deepens, it becomes clear that John Gower, a man with secrets of his own, may hold the key to saving the king, and England itself. Medieval scholar Bruce Holsinger draws on his vast knowledge of the period to add colorful, authentic detail-on everything from poetry and bookbinding to court intrigues and brothels-to this highly entertaining and brilliantly constructed literary mystery that brings medieval England gloriously to life.
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In Chaucer's London, betrayal, murder, and intrigue swirl around the existence of a prophetic book that foretells the deaths of England's kings London, 1385. Surrounded by ruthless courtiers-including his powerful uncle, John of Gaunt, and Gaunt's artful mistress, Katherine Swynford-England's young king, Richard II, is in mortal peril. Songs are heard across London-catchy verses said to originate from an ancient book that prophesies the ends of England's kings-and among the book's predictions is Richard's assassination. Only a few powerful men know that the cryptic lines derive from a "burnable book," a seditious work that threatens the stability of the realm. To find the manuscript, wily bureaucrat Geoffrey Chaucer turns to fellow poet John Gower, a professional trader in information with connections high and low. Gower discovers that the book and incriminating evidence about its author have fallen into the unwitting hands of innocents, who will be drawn into a conspiracy that reaches from the king's court to London's slums and stews-and potentially implicates Gower's own son. As the intrigue deepens, it becomes clear that John Gower, a man with secrets of his own, may hold the key to saving the king, and England itself. Medieval scholar Bruce Holsinger draws on his vast knowledge of the period to add colorful, authentic detail-on everything from poetry and bookbinding to court intrigues and brothels-to this highly entertaining and brilliantly constructed literary mystery that brings medieval England gloriously to life.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Simon Vance

Length:

14h


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

09:11


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

23:33


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

10:47


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

20:18


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

08:23


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

07:52


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

13:14


Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 7

25:16


Part 1, Chapter 8
Part 1, Chapter 8

07:38


Part 1, Chapter 9
Part 1, Chapter 9

12:16


Part 1, Chapter 10
Part 1, Chapter 10

11:01


Part 1, Chapter 11
Part 1, Chapter 11

11:58


Part 1, Chapter 12
Part 1, Chapter 12

09:28


Part 1, Chapter 13
Part 1, Chapter 13

16:54


Part 1, Chapter 14
Part 1, Chapter 14

09:20


Part 1, Chapter 15
Part 1, Chapter 15

08:59


Part 1, Chapter 16
Part 1, Chapter 16

11:07


Part 1, Chapter 17
Part 1, Chapter 17

21:19


Part 2, Chapter 18
Part 2, Chapter 18

20:06


Part 2, Chapter 19
Part 2, Chapter 19

09:03


Part 2, Chapter 20
Part 2, Chapter 20

18:54


Part 2, Chapter 21
Part 2, Chapter 21

39:19


Part 2, Chapter 22
Part 2, Chapter 22

07:23


Part 2, Chapter 23
Part 2, Chapter 23

09:50


Part 2, Chapter 24
Part 2, Chapter 24

07:59


Part 2, Chapter 25
Part 2, Chapter 25

22:55


Part 2, Chapter 26
Part 2, Chapter 26

05:41


Part 2, Chapter 27
Part 2, Chapter 27

08:38


Part 2, Chapter 28
Part 2, Chapter 28

24:23


Part 2, Chapter 29
Part 2, Chapter 29

06:13


Part 2, Chapter 30
Part 2, Chapter 30

12:03


Part 2, Chapter 31
Part 2, Chapter 31

12:28


Part 2, Chapter 32
Part 2, Chapter 32

13:25


Part 2, Chapter 33
Part 2, Chapter 33

14:49


Part 2, Chapter 34
Part 2, Chapter 34

10:31


Part 2, Chapter 35
Part 2, Chapter 35

14:09


Part 2, Chapter 36
Part 2, Chapter 36

08:13


Part 2, Chapter 37
Part 2, Chapter 37

25:18


Part 3, Chapter 38
Part 3, Chapter 38

19:35


Part 3, Chapter 39
Part 3, Chapter 39

07:32


Part 3, Chapter 40
Part 3, Chapter 40

14:45


Part 3, Chapter 41
Part 3, Chapter 41

29:14


Part 3, Chapter 42
Part 3, Chapter 42

11:24


Part 3, Chapter 43
Part 3, Chapter 43

08:20


Part 3, Chapter 44
Part 3, Chapter 44

04:15


Part 3, Chapter 45
Part 3, Chapter 45

04:44


Part 3, Chapter 46
Part 3, Chapter 46

06:32


Part 3, Chapter 47
Part 3, Chapter 47

06:14


Part 3, Chapter 48
Part 3, Chapter 48

06:13


Part 3, Chapter 49
Part 3, Chapter 49

08:57


Part 3, Chapter 50
Part 3, Chapter 50

05:12


Part 3, Chapter 51
Part 3, Chapter 51

37:16


Part 3, Chapter 52
Part 3, Chapter 52

11:15


Part 3, Chapter 53
Part 3, Chapter 53

22:29


Part 3, Chapter 54
Part 3, Chapter 54

25:38


Part 3, Chapter 55
Part 3, Chapter 55

28:39


Part 3, Chapter 56
Part 3, Chapter 56

12:20


Part 3, Chapter 57
Part 3, Chapter 57

04:59


Part 3, Chapter 58
Part 3, Chapter 58

08:50


Part 3, Chapter 59
Part 3, Chapter 59

12:50


Part 3, Chapter 60
Part 3, Chapter 60

11:58


Part 3, Chapter 61
Part 3, Chapter 61

01:04