|Plot Summary of A Plague On Both Your Houses - Chronicles of Matthew Bartholomew 1|
In 1348 the first Black Death ravaged England and in the university city of Cambridge citizens waited for the unstoppable plague. The teacher of medicine at Michaelhouse, Doctor Matthew Bartholomew, is struggling with his advanced ideas of treatment against his more traditional collegues. When the Master of Michaelhouse inexplicably dies, Doctor Bartholomew starts asking questions the University authorities would rather go unanswered. Then bubonic plague hits the city. Susanna Gregory evokes the dingy, fetid feel of the period when social life and ignorance aided the spread of a virulent disease.
This synopsis report prepared by Alan J. Bishop
|Chapter Analysis of A Plague On Both Your Houses - Chronicles of Matthew Bartholomew 1|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 20%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 40%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 20%
Tone of story
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
How difficult to spot villain?
- Difficult, but some clues given
Time/era of story:
- middle ages
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Murder of certain profession?
Kind of investigator
- skilled citizen investigator
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
- natural disaster
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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