Chaucer and the Doctor of Physic

Chaucer and the Doctor of Physic

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Sent by Edward III to the Devon seaport of Dartmouth where he has been ordered to solve the theft of a Genoese ship's cargo, poet and diplomat Geoffrey Chaucer and his companions find lodging in the waterside home of a wealthy doctor and encounter dangerous local hostilities. By the author of Chaucer and the House of Fame.

Perseus Publishing
Poet and diplomat Geoffrey Chaucer, newly returned from a delicate mission to Florence on behalf of Edward III, is despatched to sort out a home-grown problem in the Devon seaport of Dartmouth. Geoffrey must leave his family in London and travel west, expecting to solve the theft of the cargo of a Genoese ship with comparative ease. Chaucer and his companions are lodging with a wealthy doctor of physic in his fine house overlooking the water. But there is deep hostility in the port town between citizens and sailors — accusations and daggers fly. There are tensions in the house as well, and murder occurs soon after their arrival when one of the occupants is done to death in the herb garden. Geoffrey investigates the death and its possible connection to the theft. Meanwhile, Philippa Chaucer, staying in the Palace of Savoy, is warned of a conspiracy against Katherine — her sister and the mistress to John of Gaunt, now the most powerful man in England after the king. Philippa once saved Katherine's life during an outbreak of plague when they were children. Will she again be called on to protect her sister from her equally dangerous enemies at court?

Poet and diplomat Geoffrey Chaucer, newly returned from a delicate mission to Florence on behalf of Edward III, is despatched to sort out a home-grown problem in the Devon seaport of Dartmouth. Geoffrey must leave his family in London and travel west, expecting to solve the theft of the cargo of a Genoese ship with comparative ease. Chaucer and his companions are lodging with a wealthy doctor of physic in his fine house overlooking the water. But there is deep hostility in the port town between citizens and sailors — accusations and daggers fly.

There are tensions in the house as well, and murder occurs soon after their arrival when one of the occupants is done to death in the herb garden. Geoffrey investigates the death and its possible connection to the theft. Meanwhile, Philippa Chaucer, staying in the Palace of Savoy, is warned of a conspiracy against Katherine — her sister and the mistress to John of Gaunt, now the most powerful man in England after the king. Philippa once saved Katherine's life during an outbreak of plague when they were children. Will she again be called on to protect her sister from her equally dangerous enemies at court?


Reasearch Associates
Poet and diplomat Geoffrey Chaucer, newly returned from a delicate mission to Florence on behalf of Edward III, is despatched to sort out a home-grown problem in the Devon seaport of Dartmouth. Geoffrey must leave his family in London and travel west, expecting to solve the theft of the cargo of a Genoese ship with comparative ease. Chaucer and his companions are lodging with a wealthy doctor of physic in his fine house overlooking the water. But there is deep hostility in the port town between citizens and sailors — accusations and daggers fly.


Blackwell North Amer
The year is 1373. Geoffrey Chaucer - poet, diplomat and sometime spy - is newly returned to England from a successful mission to Florence, but scarcely has he set foot on the London wharves than he is dispatched to the Devon town of Dartmouth. The San Giovanni, a ship from Genoa, has been wrecked and its cargo stolen, and a recent treaty with the powerful Italian city is at risk. There is tension between the mayor of Dartmouth and the Genoese shipmaster, each of whom is accusing the other of theft.
Geoffrey and his assistants are lodged with Richard Storey, a wealthy doctor of physic with a fine house overlooking the estuary of the Dart. But they find discontent among the family, which consists of Story's new young wife, his moody son and high-spirited daughter. Then a dog is killed, seemingly unimportant but the precursor to real murder.
Chaucer finds himself drawn into an investigation. The household has some intriguing visitors, among them a thrice-widowed older woman, a softly spoken herbalist and the madam of a local brothel. Is the murderer one of them or perhaps a member of the band of smugglers who live in the wild woods? And there are rumours that the San Giovanni was carrying a secret cargo, an object that is literally priceless.

Publisher: New York : Carroll & Graf, 2006
Edition: First Carroll & Graf edition
ISBN: 9780786718245
0786718242
Branch Call Number: MYS Morgan, P 2006
Characteristics: 298 pages ; 23 cm

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