An Ancient Evil

An Ancient Evil

The Knight's Tale of Mystery and Murder as He Goes on Pilgrimage From London to Canterbury

Book - 1995
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Baker & Taylor
In a mystery based on the "Canterbury Tales," the Knight relates a chilling story about a sinister old Oxfordshire cult that appears to be linked to a terrifying series of more recent murders

Blackwell North Amer
An Ancient Evil inaugurates an ingenious new series of historical mysteries by P. C. Doherty, each one using characters from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. In Chaucer's poem, the pilgrims narrate tales to pass the time during their journey to the sacred shrine of Canterbury; Doherty's pilgrims entertain their companions with stories of mystery, terror, and murder.
The Knight's Tale begins with the story of an ancient evil: the destruction of a sinister vampire cult that thrived in the wilderness of Oxfordshire during the reign of William the Conqueror. The tale then leaps two hundred years ahead to Oxford, where students are disappearing and citizens are murdered in a bizarre and brutal fashion. The sheriff of the city and the university authorities are baffled, but Lady Constance, Abbess of the Convent of St. Anne's, believes the murders are connected with the legends of the cult, and petitions the king for help.
Two investigators, special commissioner Sir Godfrey Evesden and royal clerk Alexander McBain, arrive in Oxford and begin an investigation. The Archbishop of Canterbury sends unusual assistance in the person of the blind exorcist Dame Edith Mohun who, as a girl, had a horrifying experience with what may have been a remnant of that ancient cult. What this trio discovers and the repercussions for the city and the university form the scarily delightful plot of this novel.

& Taylor

In the first in a group of mysteries based on the Canterbury Tales, the Knight relates a chilling story about a sinister old Oxfordshire cult that appears to be linked to a terrifying series of more recent murders.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 1995
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780312117405
Branch Call Number: MYS Doherty, P 400.1 1995
Characteristics: 248 pages ; 22 cm


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Dec 29, 2016

I ordered this only because it was written by Paul Doherty, but I should have read the introduction. I will be cancelling my Hold. This story is not anything that I would like to get inside of my head.

bookfanatic1979 Aug 20, 2013

Loved it. Loved everything about it. The nod to Chaucer, the mystery, the neat tying up of loose ends. Fans of the original "Canterbury Tales" may be horrified, but those with an open mind and/or a fondness for Stoker’s "Dracula" will want to give this a try.


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