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.
©2014 Eric Jager (P)2014 Hachette Audio
Have not read the print version.
Eric Jager brings history to life. He takes these events, the twists and turns, and tells a better story with them than fiction.
Excellent audio performance.
I was totally immersed by this book and did not want it to finish.
I read this book because some years ago I read 'The Last Duel' by Eric Jager, another fantastic book.
"An epic tale and a B+ for René Auberjonois"
A good police thriller is made by the quality of the the villain. In this History the victim AND the villains are fantastically callous and despicable individuals , only their remoteness in time makes them safe for reading.
The story is fascinating, wonderfully alien in people's daily dealings of the occult and the holy. At one time a woman brings in a grievously wounded man and rather than tending to the man's wounds, she rushes out to find a priest so his immortal soul can be saved.
This story is made for the big screen, certainly an epic tale worthy of your time.
For me the story matters more than the reader but for this French medieval detective story a person with command of French is appreciated . René Auberjonois, of Deep Space Nine fame, with that French sounding name gives you momentary hope, that it will be perfection. It is not; but René is an American with notions of French so many pronunciations of names and place names are pretty good so B+!
"Intriguing and educational"
A well constructed story that keeps your interest all the way through. I want to go to France to visit all these places now
Rene Auberjonois is a fantastic narrator for this book because he is able to pronounce the French names without stumbling.
Blood Royal reads almost like some of Ann Rule's true crime novels. It does a great job of laying the foundation for the crime and discussing the climate and culture of the times.
I thought the book was very interesting. In some ways it was more like a thriller than a nonfiction work.
The story started and ended really well, it was the 6 hours in between that really lost me. I was following happily and then so many characters where introduced and the plot diverted so many times that I was just lost. Very confusing non-fiction.
This non-fiction really wanted to be a novel. It would have been a great novel. It might even have been a great series about the rise and fall of this branch of the french royal family.
I think a stronger narrative would have been enjoyable, sticking to some aspect of dissecting the forensic story.
I honestly don't know who any one was at this point. I love Rene Auberjonois, and his narration was the reason I chose this book.
The book would need some serious reworking to fit an even more narrative plot, but I think that Iwan Rheon and Gaspard Ulliel would work well in roles.
Probably a great book to read. Probably amazing for travel. Terrible audio book.
"historical true crime - great!"
This book combines two of my most-read genres, true crime and history. Events from long ago, especially those involving cover-up at the highest level, often lack enough detail to be informative and certainly not enough to fill a book. But Jager has enough material to document the terrible crime, and to set the events and the characters within their social and political context. Everything is recounted in rivetting detail.Jager has obviously conducted a great deal of painstaking research, and the writing is excellent, as is the narration by Auberjonois whose voice and delivery are just perfect for the story.
"True Crime Medieval Style"
The narrator isn't bad but certainly brilliant--it has a rather monotone delivery. I found this book a little hard to follow and I am somewhat familiar with the time period. It's interesting to see how crime was handled at the end of the middle ages in what we consider modern detecting. However, the point of the book is to show how the murder of the duke leads to Agincourt and Joan of Arc and how the murder was precipitated by the madness of the king.
"Could not stop listening"
This book was excellently researched and excellently written. It is a subject, medieval justice, that I don't read much about. I found it fascinating and the narration is some of the best I have ever listened to.
I highly recommend this book
"And Now for Something Completely Different"
The narrator is good; not in a theatrical, lots-of-different voices way, but he has a deep, pleasant voice that suits the story.
To me the most interesting aspect of the book is that it's different from anything I've read or listened to before. It's not really a mystery; we find out pretty early on who was behind the assassination of Louis but I enjoyed hearing about how the investigation unfolded. The book also provides wonderful insight into 15th century day-to-day life.
"worth it and will be listened to again"
Here you find Sam Vimes almost on the streets of Paris :-) jokes aside it basically is about a police officer who will not look away when the nobs are murdering people. He of course looses his job his honor etc.
It is a fascinating look at this time in the history of France, and the author cleverly uses a most serious crime to give us a snapshot of this time. What made me very hopefull was that even then there were men who would not compromise just so that the rich and mighty might murder without repercussion.
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