Solsbury Hill in the dark ages.
Two lads fight for King Arthur in the final battle against the Saxon invaders.
Meanwhile, in 1199, the monks’ peaceful existence is turned upside down when the Abbey’s unpopular prior is found dead on Solsbury Hill. But when Sir Symon Cole and his wife, Gwenllian, arrive to investigate, they soon hear whisperings that prior has met with divine punishment.
For it is said that on Solsbury Hill, only those who are pure in heart can survive a night when the moon is full.
Determined to get to the bottom of the suspicious circumstances surrounding the prior’s death, Gwenllian launches a daring investigation that puts her in great danger and Sir Symon accepts a challenge to visit the hill at night.
Sacred treasures. Dangerous secrets. Plots against church, crown and government. Solsbury Hill continues to be the scene of murder, theft and conspiracy throughout the ages. But what will today’s archaeologists make of the mysteries uncovered on this haunted site?
Hill of Bones is also available as an audio CD, read by Colin Mace. It can be ordered from Whole Story Audiobooks.
Prologue: In which Philip Gooden relates how two young brothers from Somerset travel to join King Arthur’s forces in a final battle against the Saxon invaders.
Act One: In which Susanna Gregory relates how Sir Symon Cole and his wife Gwenllian are ordered by King John to investigate the suspicious death of Bath Abbey’s unpopular prior.
Act Two: In which Bernard Knight records how treasures from Bath Abbey are stolen, and how a cat catcher and a royal steward help a luckless lay-brother avoid a hanging.
Act Three: In which Karen Maitland tells how the mysterious survivor of a shipwreck flees to Solsbury Hill to escape his nemesis, only to find himself unwittingly embroiled in a plot of treachery and treason.
Act Four: In which Philip Gooden recounts how Nick Revill arrives in Bath with the touring players, and swiftly finds himself persuaded to impersonate a dying man’s son – and comes into possession of a dangerous secret.
Act Five: In which Ian Morson describes how Joe Malinferno and Doll Pocket find themselves in Bath escaping Joe’s dalliance with the Cato Street Conspirators. Radical agitation follows them, and they are faced with solving a murder that casts a shadow over a very senior member of the royal family.
Epilogue: In which Bernard Knight reveals an unexpected ending when police and archaeologists investigate the top of Solsbury Hill.