The Crown in Darkness

The Crown in Darkness and on a storm ridden night King Alexander III of Scotland is riding across the Firth of Forth to meet his beautiful French bride Yolande He never reaches his final destination as his horse myste

1286 and on a storm ridden night King Alexander III of Scotland is riding across the Firth of Forth to meet his beautiful French bride Yolande He never reaches his final destination as his horse mysteriously slips, sending them both crashing to their death on cruel rocks The Scottish throne is left vacant of any real heir and immediately the great European princes and th1286 and on a storm ridden night King Alexander III of Scotland is riding across the Firth of Forth to meet his beautiful French bride Yolande He never reaches his final destination as his horse mysteriously slips, sending them both crashing to their death on cruel rocks The Scottish throne is left vacant of any real heir and immediately the great European princes and the powerful nobles of Alexander s kingdom start fighting for the glittering prize The Chancellor of England, Burnell, ever mindful of the interest his king, Edward I, has in Scotland, sends his faithful clerk, Hugh Corbett, to report on the chaotic situation at the Scottish court Concerned that a connection exists between the king s death and those now desirous of taking the Scottish throne, Corbett is drawn into a maelstrom of intrigue, conspiracy and danger.

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The Crown in Darkness

  1. Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name See this thread for information.He has been published under several pseudonyms P.C Doherty, Celia L Grace, Paul Harding, Ann Dukthas, Vanessa Alexander, Michael Clynes and Anna Apostolou but now writes only under his own name.Paul Doherty was born in Middlesbrough North Eastern England in 1946 He had the usual education before studying at Durham for three years for the Catholic priesthood but decided not to proceed He went to Liverpool University where he gained a First Class Honours Degree in History and won a state scholarship to Exeter College, Oxford, whilst there he met his wife Carla Lynn Corbitt He continued his studies but decided that the academic world was not for him and became a secondary school teacher.Paul worked in Ascot, Nottingham and Crawley West Sussex before being appointed as Headmaster to Trinity Catholic School in September 1981 Trinity is a large comprehensive 1700 on roll which teaches the full ability range, ages 11 18 The school has been described as one of the leading comprehensives in the U.K In April, 2000 H M Inspectorate describe it as an Outstanding School , and it was given Beacon status as a Centre of Excellence whilst, in the Chief Inspector s Report to the Secretary of State for January 2001, Trinity Catholic High School was singled out for praise and received a public accolade.Paul s other incarnation is as a novelist He finished his doctorate on the reign of Edward II of England and, in 1987, began to publish a series of outstanding historical mysteries set in the Middle Age, Classical, Greek, Ancient Egypt and elsewhere These have been published in the United States by St Martin s Press of New York, Edhasa in Spain, and Eichborn, Heyne, Knaur and others in Germany They have also been published in Holland, Belgium, France, Italy, Romania, Estonia, Czechoslovakia, Russia, Bulgaria, Portugal and China, as well as Argentina and Mexico.He has been published under several pseudonyms see the bibliography C L Grace, Paul Harding, Ann Dukthas and Anna Apostolou but now writes only under his own name He recently launched a very successful series based around the life of Alexander the Great, published by Constable Robinson in the U.K and Carroll and Graf in the U.S.A whilst his novels set in Ancient Egypt have won critical acclaim Paul has also written several non fiction titles A Life of Isabella the She wolf of France, Wife of Edward II of England, as well as study of the possible murder of Tutankhamun, the boy Pharaoh of Egypt s 18th Dynasty, and a study on the true fate of Alexander the Great.Paul and Carla live on the borders of London and Essex, not far from Epping Forest and six of their children have been through his own school His wife Carla currently owns two horses and is training, for showing and dressage, a beautiful Arab filly named Polly.Paul lectures for a number of organisations, particularly on historical mysteries, many of which later feature in his writings A born speaker and trained lecturer Paul Doherty can hold and entertain audiences.His one great ambition is to petition the Privy Council of England to open the Purbeck marble tomb of Edward II in Gloucester Cathedral Paul believes the tomb does not house the body

102 Reply to “The Crown in Darkness”


  1. In this book, Hugh Corbett solves another medieval mystery This time Hugh Corbett went to Scotland following the accidental death of Alexander III of Scotland to investigate the circumstances on behalf of the Chancellor I really enjoyed the medieval nature of the plot and especially the journey to the dark forest in Scotland to visit the Picts, often referred to as pixies, goblins or elves Once they were a proud people and ruled the greater part of Scotland but the Celts, the Angles, the Saxons [...]


  2. Another historically set mystery to be confronted by our hero, Hugh Corbett, clerk to the King s Bench, this novel sees Corbett thrust into international intrigue along with the expected murder and mayhem.Sent into Scotland after the untimely death of King Alexander III, Corbett has been instructed to find out what happened, and what that might mean for England and her sovereign, Edward I The only problem is that Corbett, like many of people who find themselves in similar situations, isn t told [...]


  3. Set during the reign of Edward I of England, clerk Hugh Corbett is sent to Scotland to investigate the death of Alexander III, King of Scotland Although short and to the point, I didn t think the narrative was consistent The story line seemed a bit sloppy in places.


  4. While I love historical mysteries, a medieval England and Scotland setting is new to me Took awhile to get into the time period, but once I did, I enjoyed the mystery and the detective , Hugh Corbett Have already started another book in the series




  5. Read again 02 24 14 for Maze Mystery discussion on 3 4 14.Both Philip of France and Edward of England want control over Scotland Then the Scottish king dies Was it an accidentor murder.I got annoyed in this book with the fact that Doherty does not use the convention of dialog by different characters being broken into paragraphs Long pages of text could be daunting, though they were actually detailed conversations I don t know why he chose this form or if it is regularly seen in England.


  6. In 1286, King Alexander III of Scotland left a dinner party and was fatally thrown form his horse on his way back to his castle Leaving no heirs, the throne may be up for grabs between two powerful Scottish families Hugh Corbett is dispatched to Scotland to find out if the fall was an accident or murder Far from the protection of the English Crown, Corbett is soon fighting for his life as an assassin dogs his every move He realizes that Scottish politics can be even deadly than English ones


  7. I always enjoy a well written, well researched historical novel Add a bit of mystery, crime or murder and you have a perfect formula for author Paul Doherty His knowledge of this period of history is legendary and obvious to the reader Was there an Alexander III Yes Was he murdered There is no absolute evidence for regicide or accident Doherty takes advantage of this gap in Scottish history and weaves a story that takes the reader back some 800 years getting a glimpse of 13th century politics an [...]


  8. A good book with a good plot, several red herrings, a lot of twists and turns It covers the time of the death of Alexander III, King of Scotland, which was supposedly an accident, but Doherty gives the alternate possibily murder I had never read of the details involved and had taken the accident theory as absolute, but this book provides a different, and real, possibility A good read for history lovers.


  9. The writing style is at times too simplistic, or rather, superficial for my liking It is rather like a grown up version of Hardy Boys, albeit set a few hundred years before But this book tickled my fancy because it took an inexplicable event in history King Alexander of Scotland s untimely death and ran with it Although I wish the plot could be sophisticated, and characters dimensional, it serves well as a random on the bus journey read.


  10. The endless paragraphs, even for dialogue, take a bit to get used to but this story really moves once it catches you Vivid characters from villain to hero sometimes it s hard to tell, in a most realistic way.


  11. A fun romp through the reign of Edward the I I watched the series, A History of Briton, before I read this story That helped quite a bit with the history I m actually interested in digging deeper into the death of Alexander III.Recommended for a light, fun read with substance.






  12. See Satan at St Mary s I wanted to give Hugh Corbett another chance, but I won t go any further with him.


  13. A compelling twist on the theory of the death of King Alexander of Scotland Well written, well thought out


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