It was the autumn of 1367, and Master Hugh was enjoying the peaceful life of Bampton, when a badly beaten man was found under the porch of St Andrew’s Chapel. The dying man was a chapman – a traveling merchant. Before he was buried in the chapel grounds an ancient, corroded coin was found in the man’s mouth.
Master Hugh’s quest for the chapman’s assailants, and his search for the origin of the coin, take him to Abingdon and a nearby village. There are men of wealth and power who wish to halt his search, and an old nemisis, Sir Simon Trillowe, is in league with them.
But Master Hugh, and his assistant, the groom Arthur, are determined to find thieves, murderers, and the source of the chapman’s coin. They do, but not before they become involved with a kidnapped maiden, a tyrannical abbot, and an abbey hosteler who needs Master Hugh’s surgical skills and in return for his treatment provides clues which assist Hugh in solving the mystery of the tainted coin.
Release date: October 19, 2012 (UK)
Please read the book’s first chapter.