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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (436 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Margaret Frazer Narrator: Anne Dover Publisher: ISIS Audio Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Since the death of her husband, Anne Blakhall has carried on their shared tailoring business in the heart of London. Rather than remarry, she has taken on a lover: Daved Weir, a foreign merchant who must conceal the fact he is a Jew, or face deadly peril.

Dame Frevisse of St Frideswide's nunnery is in London to arrange funeral vestments for her cousin's murdered husband, the Duke of Suffolk. She encounters Anne and Daved, but her duty and their love become more dangerous as a rebel army approaches the city. Threatened by the Inquisition, Dame Frevisse must find out who is guilty and whether anyone at all is innocent. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Shelly | 2/14/2014

    " I really enjoy this author, Margaret Frazer. Really accurate historical settings and great characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jill Holmes | 1/25/2014

    " Although I have not worked my way through the canon of Margaret Frazer's Dame Frevisse medieval mysteries or the companion series featuring the player Joliffe, I must say this fifteenth book, "The Sempster's Tale" is my favorite so far. The story takes place mostly in the London of 1450, when King Henry VI reigns. The sempster of the story is Anne Blakhall, a widow and a highly skilled seamstress, tailor, and embroiderer gifted in working with precious fabrics and gold thread for nobility and high church officials. But Anne holds a dire secret; she has taken as her lover a merchant named Daved Weir who travels between England and the Continent while keeping his Jewish beliefs secret. Jews have been banned from England for 200 years; and, there is religious turmoil primed by zealots, Lollards (those who believe The Bible should be printed in English so all persons--not just churchmen--may read it), and political factions lead by noblemen who are also religious leaders. Dame Frevisse, cousin to Anne of Suffolk (granddaughter of Geoffrey Chaucer), has come to London in support of her newly widowed cousin. The Duke of Suffolk was murdered, and Dame Frevisse is to take charge of the making of funeral vestments for the dead man. Suffolk had sent large amounts of gold out of England, and Frevisse also has a secret mission to recover the gold. It turns out her contacts for this are the sempster and her Jewish lover. As Frevisse feels her way through the delicate and convoluted secrets and politics on both the personal and grand scale, a murder victim is found in a church crypt. His body is mutilated with characters a zealous priest believes to be Hebrew. With foreign relations and economics in a right royal mess on top of the religious frenzies, rebel armies gather to march on London. Frevisse and all the characters are in grave danger whenever they venture onto the streets of London, which must be often for Frevisse to accomplish her dual mission. This story is complex and fascinating because of the issues of anti-Semitism, other religious conflicts (in which heresy is cause for execution), the cultural turmoil of the vital and lively Middle Ages, and the powerful sway of personality amongst religious and political leaders, not to mention our sleuth, Dame Frevisse. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Barbara | 1/23/2014

    " I got the feeling that she had a good idea for a short story but tried to spin it into a novel. (Yawn) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Thalia | 1/22/2014

    " I cried. A bittersweet love story, grappling with hatred of Jews and both kind and rabid priests, a convoluted mystery, and a family in the center of it. "

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