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The Knights Templar They had all joined taking three vows: poverty, chastity, and obedience...for they were monks: warrior monks, dedicated to the protection of pilgrims in the Holy Land -- until stories spread by anavaricious king who wanted their wealth for his own destroyed the order. There was one knight, however, who escaped the stake, vowing justiceas he watched hisThe Knights Templar They had all joined taking three vows: poverty, chastity, and obedience...for they were monks: warrior monks, dedicated to the protection of pilgrims in the Holy Land -- until stories spread by anavaricious king who wanted their wealth for his own destroyed the order. There was one knight, however, who escaped the stake, vowing justiceas he watched his innocent brothers die. A Dark Justice Cold-blooded murder has transformed Simon Puttock's official obligation into something horrid -- and he will need the able assistance of his friend, Sir Baldwin Furnshill, to draw a criminal out. A former Knight Templar, Sir Baldwin knows much of duty and servitude -- and of evil freely indulged in thename of godliness or greed. Now justice must be served,even if their search exposes extortion, foul corruption,rule by fear...and killers willing -- even eager -- to shed more blood....

Title : A Moorland Hanging
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ISBN : 9780060763473
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Number of Pages : 384 Pages
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A Moorland Hanging Reviews

  • Michael Jecks
    2019-05-12 08:46

    While hunting around for themes for a new story, I hit upon the idea of making use of the Stannaries. In the medieval period, the King owned all tin-mining on Dartmoor. He made a fortune from the mines, and gave miners extensive rights and benefits. They could dig anywhere where they thought there could be tin under the surface. If their extensive workings required plentiful supplies of water to wash away the soil, they could divert any water courses they wanted. And at a time when peasants were classed as serfs, slaves in a feudal society, who must remain with the land, while a man who escaped to a city and remained free for a year and a day could win his freedom, a serf who made it to the moors, who took up a shovel and axe and declared himself a miner, was instantly free. He was a King's worker, and thus free from all previous obligations. It's no surprise that the locals looked on tin miners as a Mafia who used their positions to extort money from others. And disputes were rife. This book looks at all those on the moors - the new runaway serf, the rich miner who owned several large pits, the men who smelted and worked the metal. And when a murder was discovered, the moors themselves become an additional, savage character.

  • Christopher Taylor
    2019-04-24 05:53

    I've read nearly all of the Templar books that are out at this point, although in jumbled, random order. this fills in an early gap in the series for me when Baldwin and Puttock are younger men.The story involves a curious English system at the time in which Tin miners on the Moors are so valuable to the King that they are protected from many usual laws and enjoy significantly greater freedoms than usual. Unfortunately, this causes clashes with the local manors that ostensibly protect them, and here the story takes place.A servant (Villein) of the local knight in his fortress escapes and becomes a Tinner, which makes him untouchable by Sir William Beauscyr, a source of no small frustration. Other complications arise, which brings Baldwin Furnshill with his friend Simon Puttock into the area to adjudicate the situation. When the Tinner is found dead, things get even more complicated.There's plenty of fascinating history and culture of Medieval England in the book to keep historical fans happy, but many of the characters feel kind of flat and indistinguishable, which hurts the narrative. Further, there's a lot of what feels like padding, the pacing doesn't seem to be driven by the story, but meanders and stalls in places, as if the writer felt the need to stretch out the tale longer.Its still a good read, but you'll have to stick with it because it took a good third of the book to really grasp my attention. The solution took be a bit by surprise (I had another culprit and scenario in mind) but it made sense.

  • Simon Mcleish
    2019-05-19 02:38

    Originally published on my blog here in August 1998.A Moorland Hanging is the third of Jecks' Devonshire novels featuring Simon Puttock and Sir Baldwin Furnshil. Like P.C. Doherty, Simon Jecks is an author who really knows something about the medieval period. He is perhaps more interested in institutions than Doherty, and this combines with the country setting to naturally remove some of the unpleasantness of the medieval world (to a modern reader) which comes to the fore in Doherty's series of the seamier side of London life.The novel has as its central theme the clash between forest law and common law which was an important part of the medieval English scene, where much of the land was designated "royal forest", to be the private hunting ground of the king and his friends. Although open land rather than woodland, Dartmoor was a forest, and this led to clashes between the tin miners who worked on the moor (who paid a special tax to the king, and were able to run their own affairs with their own courts in return) and local landowners. The miners were able to prevent the use of particular pieces of land for farming by marking them out as places where tin was mined; this privilege could be (and was) used to terrorise the landowners, who were unable to retaliate against the miners because they had the king's protection.The particular dispute around which the plot turns concerns the escape of a villein, Peter Bruther, from the Beauscyr family demesne. By declaring himself a miner, he puts himself beyond the landowners' normal methods for forcing a serf to return and causes a confrontation between the Beauscyrs and the miners' leader, Thomas Smyth. When Bruther is discovered hanged on a tree on the moor, as though killed judicially, the confrontation threatens to escalate into a major incident; hence the involvement of Simon Puttock, the king's bailiff, and his friend Sir Baldwin Furnshill.A Moorland Hanging is a fascinating novel, particularly in the way it makes the frequently obscure workings of the medieval legal system not only clear but interesting. The characters do tend rather to the two dimensional, especially those - paradoxically - that you would expect to be best fleshed out, the series characters Puttock and Furnshill.

  • Janneke
    2019-04-26 02:31

    Weer een spannende zaak met Simon Puttock en Sir Baldwin in de hoofdrol. Een horige, weggelopen van Beauscyr Manor, vestigt zich op de woeste gronden van Dartmoor waar tin gedolven wordt. De tinmijnen vallen onder de koning want met de opbrengsten financierde Engelse koningen hun oorlogen. Hierdoor ontstond er een gebied met een eigen bestuur dat onder leiding stond van de inspecteur-generaal van de tinmijnen.De horige die weggelopen was viel, doordat hij zich vestigde als mijnwerker onder de wetten die golden voor de tinmijnen. De heren van de havezaten (Manors) waren echter afhankelijk van hun horigen in die zin, dat als ze geen horigen zouden hebben, zouden de landerijen niet bewerkt worden en de havezate zou daardoor economisch niet levensvatbaar zijn. Simon Puttock, de Baljuw en Sir Baldwin, worden gevraagd te bemiddelen in een conflict tussen de leider van de mijnwerkers en Sir William Beauscyr. Een conflict dat een dieptepunt bereikt als Peter Bruther, de weggelopen horige dood wordt gevonden. Hij is eerst gewurgd en daarna opgehangen. Wie is de dader?

  • Joan
    2019-05-15 00:30

    Jecks sets up an interesting story regarding the tension between tin miners and the local gentry in early 14th century Cornwall. The story rambles, however, and is not well executed.

  • Ed
    2019-05-02 08:50

    I stumbled on to this series and this, the third in the series, is the second one I've read. Jecks does a great job of setting the scene. He's obviously done his research. As a result it's easy to connect with the characters and their assumptions, concerns, and devotion to duty. The major protagonists in the series, Bailiff Simon Puttock and Templar Knight Sir Baldwin Furnshil seem to exemplify what was good about medieval society. The background of this story is the tension between landowners and tin miners who were under special protection of the King because of the taxes they paid and could run their own affairs with their own courts, prevent the use of particular pieces of land for farming by binding areas as a place where tin was mined, even divert water. These priveleges could be and often were used to terrorize the landowners. The plot is developed from the hanging of a villein (serf), Peter Bruther, turned miner on the moor. His previous masters, the Beaucyr family are suspect after confronting Bruther and the miners' leader Thomas Smyth. As Puttock and Sir Baldwin try to solve the murder, events begin to escalate to a major incident. The process of sorting out all the threads to identify the murderer carries the reader to a satisfying conclusion.While there are sections of the novel that drag, on the other hand, I did learn a lot about the workings of the medieval legal system. I recommend this book, unreservedly.

  • Ann
    2019-05-21 01:59

    I really like this series. I like how the mysteries always seem to keep me guessing and how the plot keeps me hooked throughout the book. Simon and Baldwin, the protagonists, are really good characters, but I like how the secondary characters (the suspects in the murders) become main characters as well. We learn about the people in the surrounding area of the murder, their personalities and what type of characters they are, so they become more than supporting characters. In many ways, Simon and Baldwin step aside as they uncover the mystery.I do wish the revel of the mystery was more dramatic. This one seemed a bit flat.

  • Bob
    2019-05-23 06:44

    On the Moorland in the 1300s freemen who mine for tin have been given buy the King certain rights to ply their trade. When the villain of a knight who has lands on the moor runs away, the knight appeals to the Bailiff of Lydford for his return. Simon Puttock the Bailiff has to explain to the Kinght that since the runaway is now mining tin, he is covered by the King's law and Simon can do nothing to fore his return. While Simon and his friend Sir Baldwin Funshill find the ruaway hanging from a tree, there begins a search for the killer/s amid growing tensions between the Knight and the tin miners which make Simon's task all the harder. A 13th century mystery in "Merry olde England"..

  • Ronda
    2019-05-12 01:34

    This latest installment took me back in time to see, hear, feel, and yes, even smell this wild land. (I had to cringe right along with our characters at sleeping on a wooden bench, waking up stiff and sore, or at the smells of. farmhouse shared by both livestock and family.). I loved the description of the moors and found myself thinking of them as Crockern--to be respected and not underestimated. Meanwhile, I have to say it--I am hopeful that Baldwin finds a lady love at some point. Can't help it.

  • Spuddie
    2019-05-20 00:54

    I chose this book for the "Read a mystery by an author you previously tried reading and didn't care for" category in my Mystery Challenge over at PBS. I finished the book, but still not a series I will pursue...possibly until this category comes up in a challenge again. LOL This Medieval West Country series is hugely popular (I believe there are like 25 of them now!) but I just find the author's writing style not to my liking, and the characters are nondescript enough that I kept mixing them up.

  • Deborah Pickstone
    2019-04-27 04:32

    MJ continues with his winning formula. I am continuing with this very easy-reading series. It is very enjoyable to watch a writer's development, as is possible over such a long series. By this third book the wrinkles are starting to be ironed out and the plots are gaining complexity and credibility. I suspect MJ will be entered into my fave writer's list in a few more excerpts!

  • Cece
    2019-05-19 03:34

    This series is holding up well so far-although the occasional "modern" turn of phrase from a character of the era-14th century England-does niggle. But I like the plotting and the characters as they develop so far, so I will forgive the out-of-place "okay" and such.

  • Nancy Ellis
    2019-05-17 06:44

    This was interesting in the information it had of the conflict between the tin miners and the manors, but the plot itself was too monotonous and dragged out in my opinion. That won't keep me from reading the other books in the series, though!

  • Kelly Delph
    2019-05-09 07:30

    I liked this book, and had just finished an audio book by Conn I. on Margaret of Anjou. So I'm saturated with early English history. And I realize how blest I am that I live with heat, light, and food...and all those other first world things...A good thing to remember on Christmas Eve.

  • Cynthiaj
    2019-05-04 02:44

    I thought this one dragged a bit. I kept feeling like I was just trying to get through it so I could get on to some of the books that came home with me from the library the other day. Nice wrap up to "mystery" although I definitely did not develop empathy with the original victim.

  • Wazz
    2019-05-07 01:42

    book 3

  • Marts(Thinker)
    2019-05-08 01:31

    Michael Jecks' historical mystery series 'Knights Templar'. This volume: Knights Templar #3 - A Moorland Hanging.

  • Rena Nowacoski
    2019-05-08 02:57

    Love this series!

  • Kathy
    2019-05-18 05:40

    This is the third in The Knights Templar Mystery series. I love the period, and I enjoy this author's research and authenticity.

  • Peter Nye
    2019-05-02 01:45

    Very interesting background to life on Dartmoor in the early 14th century combined with a twisting, complex murder mystery. I enjoyed this very much.

  • Susan
    2019-05-19 03:33

    Great mediaeval who done it with history coming to life.Kept you guessing to the end as to who was the culprit.An excellent read.

  • Karen Henry
    2019-05-24 07:42

    Enjoyable read. Medieval readings are so interesting.

  • Megan Graham
    2019-04-30 01:33

    I really enjoy Michael Jecks writing and this is another good book in the series.

  • Dawn
    2019-05-14 02:50

    While the mystery was only so-so and the characters a bit boring, the history of the legal system and the rights of the tin miners was fascinating.