Blood Royal

Blood Royal

A True Tale of Crime and Detection in Medieval Paris

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Grand Central Pub
A riveting true story of murder and detection in 15th-century Paris, by one of the most brilliant medievalists of his generation.

On a chilly November night in 1407, Louis of Orleans was murdered by a band of masked men. The crime stunned and paralyzed France since Louis had often ruled in place of his brother King Charles, who had gone mad. As panic seized Paris, an investigation began. In charge was the Provost of Paris, Guillaume de Tignonville, the city's chief law enforcement officer--and one of history's first detectives. As de Tignonville began to investigate, he realized that his hunt for the truth was much more dangerous than he ever could have imagined.

A rich portrait of a distant world, BLOOD ROYAL is a gripping story of conspiracy, crime and an increasingly desperate hunt for the truth. And in Guillaume de Tignonville, we have an unforgettable detective for the ages, a classic gumshoe for a cobblestoned era.

Baker & Taylor
In this medieval true crime story set in 15th century Paris, one of history's first detectives uncovers a shocking conspiracy while he investigates the murder of Louis of Orleans, brother to King Charles, by a band of masked assailants. 25,000 first printing.

& Taylor

In a true story of crime and detection in fifteenth century Paris, Guillaume de Tignonville, the Provost of Paris and one of history's first detectives, uncovers a conspiracy while investigating the murder of Louis of Orleans, brother to King Charles.

Publisher: New York :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2014.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780316224512
Characteristics: 323 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.


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Jul 28, 2015

The disadvantages of depending on a divine right of royalty: a mad king, feuding cousins terrorizing the peasants, and butchering thugs looking for traitors in the city. The book gives the back story on why the Burgundians were against Joan of Arc.


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Aug 16, 2014

A fascinating episode in French history, thoroughly researched and finely written, "Blood Royal, features one of history's first detectives. The detective solves a conspiracy to assassinate a member of the French royal family in 1407. Details of which were described on a thirty-foot parchment scroll."


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Aug 16, 2014

“If you really want to reenact the Middle Ages, then you should drink contaminated water, contract the plague, and die very quickly.” — Eric Jager


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