A Bone of Contention - Chronicles of Matthew Bartholomew 3
In Cambridge during 1352, after the Black Death, there is tension between the town and the University with riots and violence bubbling under the surface. So when a reputed skeleton of a local martyr is discovered, Doctor Bartholomew, teacher of medicine, wants to identify the remains. Things take a turn for the worse when a student is murdered and Bartholomew must uncover the link between the two corpses before the city is ripped apart by desperation an... A Deadly Brew - Chronicles of Matthew Bartholomew 4
In the winter of 1353, the University city of Cambridge is cold, soaking and beset by outlaws. Three members of the University are killed by drinking poisoned wine and Doctor Bartholomew must find out how they were poisoned. Were they victims of a college conspiracy or the enimity of the townfolk? As he investigates, Matthew comes across bottles of poisoned wine, criminal activities and is attacked by a ruthless killer. Even his relatives and friends... A Masterly Murder - Chronicles of Matthew Bartholomew 6
Its a miserable wet November day in 1353 and a body is discovered in the Cambridge river. Doctor Bartholomew identifies the corpse as the servant of a college fellow named John Runham. It looks like suicide but before a definite conclusion is made, the Master of the college throws everything into confusion when he announces his immediate retirement and appoints Runham as his successor. Runham begins an unpopular upheaval by sacking servants, starting un... 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 pla...
A Summer of Discontent - Chronicles of Matthew Bartholomew 8
In Cambridge, 1354, and a steward called Glovere is found dead on the banks of the river Ouse, days after the Bishop of Ely publically threatened the malicious gossip with just such a fate. The Bishop summons the senior proctor Brother Michael to clear his name. He, in turn, recruits Doctor Matthew Bartholomew. They discover that Golvere didn't drown because he was drunk - someone had carefully and precisely stabbed him in the back of the neck! When two... An Order for Death - Chronicles of Matthew Bartholomew 7
In Cambridge, during March 1354, the Carmelites and the Dominicans are at loggerheads over theological divisions which become so heated that the more fanatical followers are willing to use violence instead of debate. Suddenly a Carmelite friar named Faricus is discovered stabbed to death. A junior proctor (university policeman) is found hanging from the wall of a Dominican friary. As tempers run high, threatening riot, the teacher of medicine Doctor M...