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Author: Eric Jager Narrator: René Auberjonois Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2014 ISBN: 9781478951742
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A riveting true story of murder and detection in fifteenth-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 account 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 medieval era.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Jager is a fine writer attuned to the details that bring medieval France to life, and once the crime is dispensed with, we’re galloping madly across the rise of kings and the fall of cities, headed toward Henry V and the Battle of Agincourt.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Few works of fiction will grab readers’ attention as well as Jager’s riveting story of a 1407 murder mystery that split the royal family of France…An impressive combination of mystery, crime story, and social and political history.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Though the story is ostensibly about the murder of Louis, brother to mad King Charles and frequent regent of France, it takes on a much larger scope as the uncovering of the mastermind leads to political maneuvering, civil war, and ultimately invasion by England…Jager’s attention to atmosphere and detail allows the setting to come to life in all its gruesome detail, especially as he explores the nature of crime and punishment and the many grisly repercussions for those held responsible. Despite the misleading focus on Tignonville’s investigation, this is a fascinating and complex look at the tumultuous events of early fifteenth century France.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Jager has utilized de Tigonville’s written report as the basis for a tense and exciting true-life detective story. De Tigonville is the ideal detective, combining street smarts, a relentless drive, and a willingness to follow where the facts lead regardless of whose toes he steps on. An outstanding crime tale that also provides a good survey of both the glittering façade and the seamier aspects of medieval Paris.”


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About the Author

Eric Jager is an award-winning professor at UCLA and the author of many in acclaimed academic journals. He has also written numerous books, including the widely acclaimed The Last Duel, The Book of the Heart, and The Tempter’s Voice. He lives in Los Angeles.

About the Narrator

René Auberjonois is an American stage, film, television, and voice actor and an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator. After graduating from Carnegie-Mellon University, he acted with various theater companies, including San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater and Los Angeles’ Mark Taper Forum. In 1969, he earned a Tony Award for his performance as Sebastian Baye alongside Katharine Hepburn in Coco. Since then, he has acted in a variety of theater productions, films, and television series, in addition to being active in radio drama.