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A Death in the Venetian Quarter
St. Martin's, Mar 2002, 23.95, 288 pp. ISBN: 0312242670 In 1203, the two hundred plus Fourth Crusade ships anchor just off the walls of Constantinople causing panic and concern among the residents. The Imperial Treasurer Philoxenites not only worries about the horde of soldiers besieging his city, but the impact of a particular murder on that army. Someone killed Camilio Bastini, a silk merchant, in a locked room in the Venetian Quarter. Ph...
An Antic Disposition
St. Martin's, Jan 2004, 23.95, 304 pp. ISBN: 0312300964 In 1204 AD, Pope Innocent III declares the Fools' Guild as the most dangerous enemy that the Christian hierarchy faces, even more perilous than the Saracens, due to their subversive mockery of church hypocrisy. He sends an army to devastate the guild. Though they are Fools, these are not fools so they hide in the Black Forest (thankfully it is summer). The members heed the words of leader...
The Widow of Jerusalem
St. Martin's, March 2003, 23.95, 288 pp. ISBN 0312300891 The Fool's Guild turns out jesters and troubadours and sends them out in the world to entertain the various classes. They are also brilliant intelligence gathers who work behind the scenes to try and maintain the peace and when that is impossible influence the nobles into situations that will settle hostilities. Theophilus, a very good Fool, is sent by the Guild to Acre in the year 1191 ...
Thirteenth Night
Feste the Fool is a juggler, joker, singer, acrobat, and master of many languages, and a player of reknown in the courts of the dukes and kings of medieval Europe. He is also a spy, and an political agent provocateur of great skill. The Guild of Fools, hidden somewhere in the Dolomite mountains in Europe, may seem like just another trade union but it has political intrigues going on from Ireland to Damascus. Like any school of spies it has its own passwo...

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