Bermondsey Priory 1114.
A young chaplain succumbs to the temptations of the flesh – and suffers a gruesome fate.
From that moment, the monastery is cursed and over the next five hundred years, murder and treachery abound within its hallowed walls. A beautiful young bride found dead two days before her wedding. A ghostly figure that warns of impending doom. A daring plot to depose King Edward II. Mad monks and errant priests … even the poet Chaucer finds himself drawn into the dark deeds and violent death that pervade this unhappy place.
House of Shadows is also available as an audio CD, read by Paul Matthews. It can be ordered from either Amazon.co.uk or Whole Story Audiobooks.
Prologue: In which Bernard Knight lays the foundation for the ghoulish tales that follow.
Act One: In which Bernard Knight tells how Crowner John arrives at the priory of Bermondsey to investigate murder most foul.
Act Two: In which Ian Morson’s William Falconer uncovers dark deeds during an eclipse of the Moon.
Act Three: In which Michael Jecks’ Keeper Sir Baldwin and Bailiff Puttock foil a treasonous plot.
Act Four: In which Philip Gooden relates how poet Chaucer becomes embroiled in the priory’s dark history.
Act Five: In which Susanna Gregory’s Thomas Chaloner, spy for the Lord Chancellor of England, avenges a violent death.
Epilogue: In which Bernard Knight exposes the final secret.