Matthew Bartholomew

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A Plague on Both Your Houses Summary

Matthew Bartholomew, unorthodox but effective physician to Michaelhouse college in medieval Cambridge, is as worried as anyone about the pestilence that is ravaging Europe and seems to be approaching England. But he is distracted by the sudden and inexplicable death of the Master of Michaelhouse - a death the University authorities do not want investigated.

But Matt is determined to get to the truth, leading him into a tangle of lies and intrigue that cause him to question the innocence of his closest friends - and even his family - just as the Black Death finally arrives.

A Plague on Both Your Houses is the book that introduced Matthew Bartholomew to the world.

©1996 Susanna Gregory (P)2017 Little Brown Book Group
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  • Book 1

    • A Plague on Both Your Houses

    • The First Chronicle of Matthew Bartholomew
    • By: Susanna Gregory
    • Narrated by: David Thorpe
    • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 198
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 179
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 180

    Matthew Bartholomew, unorthodox but effective physician to Michaelhouse college in medieval Cambridge, is as worried as anyone about the pestilence that is ravaging Europe and seems to be approaching England. But he is distracted by the sudden and inexplicable death of the Master of Michaelhouse - a death the University authorities do not want investigated.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • If I could give 3.5 I would. Entertaining enough

    • By Louis Hall on 05-06-17

    Regular price: £19.99

  • Book 2

    • An Unholy Alliance

    • The Second Chronicle of Matthew Bartholomew
    • By: Susanna Gregory
    • Narrated by: David Thorpe
    • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 118
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 102
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 105

    In 1350 the people of Cambridge are struggling to overcome the effects of the Black Death - and with a high mortality rate among priests and monks, the townsfolk are vulnerable to sinister cults that have sprung up. At Michaelhouse, Matthew Bartholomew is training new physicians when the body of a friar is found in the massive chest that the university uses to store precious documents. While investigating, Bartholomew stumbles across a derelict church being used as a meeting place for the mysterious sect he believes is at the heart of a web of blackmail.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • An exceptional alliance

    • By Siubhan O Dubhain on 28-08-17

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  • Book 3

    • A Bone of Contention

    • The Third Matthew Bartholomew Chronicle
    • By: Susanna Gregory
    • Narrated by: David Thorpe
    • Length: 16 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 105
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 98
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 98

    Cambridge in 1352 is rife with terrible clashes between the fledgling university and the townspeople. Matthew Bartholomew, physician and teacher at Michaelhouse College, is trying to keep the peace when a student is murdered and the town plunges into chaos. At the same time, a skeleton is discovered that is rumoured to belong to a local martyr, and Bartholomew has his hands full investigating both deaths while the rioting intensifies....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fantastic narration

    • By Mrs S on 21-07-17

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  • Book 4

    • A Deadly Brew

    • The Fourth Matthew Bartholomew Chronicle
    • By: Susanna Gregory
    • Narrated by: David Thorpe
    • Length: 16 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 80
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 71
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 71

    The fourth chronicle of Matthew Bartholomew continues the adventures of the 14th-century Cambridge physician when he is called to attend to two deaths from some poisoned wine. The opening of a new and very well-endowed college has created petty infighting amongst the academics as new appointments are made. The winter and spring have been appallingly wet, there is a fever outbreak amongst the poorer townspeople and the country is not yet fully recovered from the aftermath of the plague.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Deadly Brew

    • By Andrew Foulds on 28-11-17

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  • Book 5

    • A Wicked Deed

    • The Fifth Matthew Bartholomew Chronicle
    • By: Susanna Gregory
    • Narrated by: David Thorpe
    • Length: 17 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 82
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 74
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 75

    Matthew Bartholomew, doctor of medicine and fellow of Michaelhouse, Cambridge, is travelling with a party from the college to accept the gift of the living of a parish in Suffolk. One of his companions, Unwin, an unworldly scholar, is to be installed as priest. Their journey is not without incident - they are chased by footpads, pass through an eerie village abandoned after the recent plague and find a man barely alive on a gibbet - so they reach their destination with some relief. But their thoughts of recovering while enjoying the local Pentecostal Fair are soon curtailed.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • enjoyable series

    • By Jennifer Chennell on 21-12-17

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  • Book 6

    • A Masterly Murder

    • The Sixth Chronicle of Matthew Bartholomew
    • By: Susanna Gregory
    • Narrated by: David Thorpe
    • Length: 18 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 73
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 67
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 65

    Michaelhouse is in uproar: Kenyngham, the saintly but ageing master, has announced his retirement, and with unseemly haste Runham arranges his own 'election' as his successor. Within days he has dismissed several members of staff, including the redoubtable laundress Agatha, and is making life so unpleasant for the scholars that even Matthew Bartholomew believes his future as physician and teacher at the college is untenable.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Sadly disappointing

    • By mollyeyre on 07-08-17

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  • Book 7

    • An Order for Death

    • The Seventh Matthew Bartholomew Chronicle
    • By: Susanna Gregory
    • Narrated by: David Thorpe
    • Length: 18 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 66
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 60
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 60

    Believers in the theory of nominalism have set some Cambridge colleges at the throats of those who believe them to be heretics, and Michael, the senior proctor, has his work cut out to keep the peace. When a nominalist is murdered during a riot, Michael is certain he will easily find the killer amongst the Dominicans, but before he can get any sense out of them his junior proctor, Walcote, is found hanged, and he discovers that his trusted ally had arranged secret meetings at the St Ragelund Convent....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Nominalism

    • By Andrew Foulds on 10-06-18

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  • Book 8

    • A Summer of Discontent

    • The Eighth Matthew Bartholomew Chronicle
    • By: Susanna Gregory
    • Narrated by: David Thorpe
    • Length: 19 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 60
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 55
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55

    Matthew Bartholomew jumps at the chance to travel to Ely with Brother Michael, as it will give him a unique opportunity to study in the richly stocked library of the Benedictine priory. Michael has been summoned to the city by his bishop, but it isn't until they arrive that they discover the reason - the bishop has been accused of murder. The charge seems ludicrous, but Michael takes the investigation seriously and energetically sets about his task. Almost immediately he discovers that there appears to have been a series of unexplained deaths in the area.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A good listen with nice historical detail

    • By Hathor on 25-06-17

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  • Book 9

    • A Killer in Winter

    • The Ninth Matthew Bartholomew Chronicle
    • By: Susanna Gregory
    • Narrated by: David Thorpe
    • Length: 19 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 58
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 58
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 58

    Cambridge, 1354. Christmas approaches, and the town is gripped by the worst blizzards in living memory. As the physician Matthew Bartholomew struggles to help the poorer citizens cope with freezing temperatures, his colleagues prepare for the festivities. The weather has trapped many travellers in the town, including Matthew's erstwhile love, Philippa. She and her wealthy husband are invited to Michaelhouse for the main feast, and Matthew is horrified that he does not immediately recognise the overweight, sulky woman who once stole his heart.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • not my favourite

    • By Jennifer Chennell on 02-01-18

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  • Book 10

    • The Hand of Justice

    • The Tenth Chronicle of Matthew Bartholomew
    • By: Susanna Gregory
    • Narrated by: David Thorpe
    • Length: 19 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47

    In Cambridge, 1355, the colleges of the fledgling university are as much at odds with each other as they are with the ordinary townfolk. This tension has recently been heightened by the return of two well-born murderers after receiving the King's pardon, showing no remorse but ready to confront those who helped convict them. And in the midst of this Bartholomew the physician is called to the local mill to examine two corpses. It is almost a relief to be able to turn his back on the fractious town, but as always in Cambridge nothing is disconnected.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good story

    • By fiona on 01-09-17

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  • Book 11

    • The Mark of a Murderer

    • By: Susanna Gregory
    • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
    • Length: 16 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 131
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 88
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 88

    February 1355: Oxford explodes in one of the most serious riots of its history. Fearing for their lives, the scholars flee, and some choose the University at Cambridge as their temporary refuge. But they don't remain safe for long. Within hours of their arrival, the first of their number dies, followed quickly by a second. When Matthew Bartholomew begins to investigate the deaths, he uncovers evidence that the Oxford riot was not a case of random violence, but part of a carefully orchestrated plot.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A good read

    • By Ruth on 25-10-08

    Regular price: £24.69

  • Book 12

    • The Tarnished Chalice

    • By: Susanna Gregory
    • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
    • Length: 17 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 91
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 64
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 63

    It is not long before they learn that the friary in which they are staying is not the safe haven they imagine - one guest has already been murdered. It soon emerges that the dead man was holding the Hugh Chalice, a Lincoln relic with a curiously bloody history. Bartholomew and Michael are soon drawn into a web of murder, lies and suspicion in a city where neither knows who can be trusted.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • So SLOW!!!

    • By twigs way on 12-02-10

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  • Book 13

    • To Kill or Cure

    • The Thirteenth Chronicle of Matthew Bartholomew
    • By: Susanna Gregory
    • Narrated by: David Thorpe
    • Length: 15 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47

    Cambridge University is in dire financial straits: the town's landlords are demanding an extortionate rent rise for the students' hostels, and the plague years have left the colleges with scant resources. Tension between town and gown is at boiling point and soon explodes into violence and death. Into this maelstrom comes a charismatic physician whose healing methods owe more to magic than medicine, but his success threatens Matthew Bartholomew's professional reputation - and his life....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • One of the best!!!!

    • By Anonymous User on 28-06-18

    Regular price: £19.99

  • Book 14

    • The Devil's Disciples

    • The Fourteenth Chronicle of Matthew Bartholomew
    • By: Susanna Gregory
    • Narrated by: David Thorpe
    • Length: 15 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 45
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45

    Rumours of plague threaten Cambridge again, 10 years after the Black Death had almost laid waste to the town. Neither the church nor its priests had defended people from the disease, and now they turn elsewhere for protection, to pagan ritual and magical potions. It is a ripe atmosphere to be exploited by the mysterious 'Sorcerer', an anonymous magician whose increasing influence seems certain to oust both civil and church leaders from power.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A "Good Listen" (with some reservations).

    • By Anthony M. Padgett on 09-09-17

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  • Book 15

    • A Vein of Deceit

    • The Fifteenth Chronicle of Matthew Bartholomew
    • By: Susanna Gregory
    • Narrated by: David Thorpe
    • Length: 15 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 46
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46

    There is something very amiss in the finances of Michaelhouse. Despite a new influx of well-heeled students, there is an acute lack of funds for the upkeep of the buildings, even for decent provisions. It is only when the brother in charge of the account books dies unexpectedly that some sort of explanation is revealed: he has been paying large amounts of money for goods the college itself has never received.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • More of the same

    • By Spiky Potplant on 01-01-18

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  • Book 16

    • The Killer of Pilgrims

    • The Sixteenth Chronicle of Matthew Bartholomew
    • By: Susanna Gregory
    • Narrated by: David Thorpe
    • Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 38
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38

    When a wealthy benefactor is found dead in Michaelhouse, Brother Michael and Matthew Bartholomew must find the culprit before the college is accused of foul play. At the same time, Cambridge is plagued by a mystery thief who is targeting rich pilgrims. Moreover, pranksters are at large in the university, staging a series of practical jokes that are growing increasingly dangerous and that are dividing scholars into bitterly opposed factions.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good read

    • By fran on 14-09-18

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  • Book 17

    • Mystery in the Minster

    • The Seventeenth Chronicle of Matthew Bartholomew
    • By: Susanna Gregory
    • Narrated by: David Thorpe
    • Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34

    In 1358 the fledging college of Michaelhouse in Cambridge is in need of extra funds. A legacy from the Archbishop of York of a parish close to that city promises a welcome source of income. However, there has been another claim to its ownership, and it seems the only way to settle the dispute is for a deputation from Michaelhouse to travel north. Soon Matthew Bartholomew and his colleagues learn that many of the Archbishop's executors have died in unexplained circumstances.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • One of the better Matthew Bartholomew Chronicles

    • By Spiky Potplant on 28-01-18

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  • Book 18

    • Murder by the Book

    • The Eighteenth Chronicle of Matthew Bartholomew
    • By: Susanna Gregory
    • Narrated by: David Thorpe
    • Length: 14 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34

    It is drawing near to the end of term, and the University at Cambridge is in turmoil over the opening of a new common library. There is an attack on one of the masters at a meeting to discuss the matter, and a body is found floating in the pond in the library's garden on the eve of its opening. Meanwhile, there are rumours of a large force of dangerous smugglers lurking in the Fens. Aided by their friend Sheriff Tulyet, Bartholomew and Michael must thwart the invaders before the Feast of Corpus Christi the following week.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Far too many deaths!

    • By Spiky Potplant on 28-01-18

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  • Book 19

    • The Lost Abbot

    • The Nineteenth Chronicle of Matthew Bartholomew
    • By: Susanna Gregory
    • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
    • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 102
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 87
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 89

    Matthew Bartholomew doesn't want to travel to Peterborough in the summer of 1358, but his friendship with the lovely Julitta Holm has caused a scandal in Cambridge, so he has no choice. He is one of a party of Bishop's Commissioners, charged to discover what happened to Peterborough's abbot, who went for a ride one day and has not been seen since. When the Commissioners arrive, they find the town in turmoil.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • An entertaining mystery

    • By Learning is fun! on 14-06-14

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  • Book 20

    • Death of a Scholar

    • The Twentieth Chronicle of Matthew Bartholomew
    • By: Susanna Gregory
    • Narrated by: David Thorpe
    • Length: 16 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 73
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 67
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 67

    In the summer of 1358 the physician Matthew Bartholomew returns to Cambridge to learn that his beloved sister is in mourning after the unexpected death of her husband, Oswald Stanmore. Aware that his son has no interest in the cloth trade that made his fortune and reputation, Oswald has left the business to his widow, but a spate of burglaries in the town distracts Matthew from supporting Edith in her grief and attempting to keep the peace between her and her wayward son.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Continuing Audio Problems with this Series

    • By Clementi on 31-12-17

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