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The Secret Report of Friar Otto

A gang of renegade knights takes refuge on tiny and remote Lundy Island off the coast of Devon in medieval England. When they are betrayed, captured and condemned, Friar Otto is sent to investigate their crimes. His secret report is Sam Smith’s reinterpretation of a 750 year-old manuscript.

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A gang of renegade knights take refuge on the tiny and remote Lundy Island off the coast of Devon. When they are betrayed, captured and condemned, Friar Otto is sent to investigate their crimes.

Confronted by dangerous ideas, Otto starts to ask himself awkward questions. His secret report is a modern reinterpretation of a 750-year-old manuscript, The Report in Confidence on the Imprisonment and Execution of William de Marisco and Sixteen of His Followers.

The original text has been turned into a beautifully-crafted modern novel, utterly convincing in its evocation of medieval England. The prisoners spend as much time goading the prudish celibate with stories about ‘tupping’ the ladies as they do in discussing doctrinal niceties.

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Pages

252

Imprint

Wordcatcher Publishing

MainBISAC

FICTION / Historical / General

PubDate

20190630

Series

Wordcatcher Historical Fiction

4 reviews for The Secret Report of Friar Otto

  1. DJ Tyrer, The Supplement, Atlantean Publishing

    I found myself pulled into the narrative as Otto interviews de Marisco and his men, trying to learn more about what drove them to apparent revolt and crime, whilst wondering whether they are actually guilty of what they have been accused and whether everyone is who they appear to be. An unusual mystery that takes the reader away from the well-worn paths of medieval history and fiction. Highly recommended

  2. D. Alan Lewis

    The story is a brilliant reinterpretation of a 750 year old manuscript which spins a web of deceit and political intrigue all the while making the reader wonder if the knights were guilty of their crimes or set up to take the fall for higher powers. / This is a unique book, full of history as well as a very unusual mystery which will draw the reader into life as it was centuries ago. A life that is filled with as much `behind the scenes’ political drama as we have in today’s modern world. A fun and informative read.

  3. Jezebel on Amazon

    I loved it. It was a great history lesson focusing on the politics of the time… the kings, the court and the church, who uses whom and what devices they used to wield that power. It was a dangerous time for people with dangerous ideas. And, it seems, the more things change, the more they stay the same.

    Friar Otto is a brave and likable man with strong character and an open mind.

  4. review on pulp.net

    A gang of renegade knights take refuge on Lundy island. When the knights are betrayed, captured and condemned, a friar is sent to inquire about the crimes they were accused of — but, confronted by some dangerous ideas, he starts to ask himself some awkward questions. The Secret Report… is Sam Smith’s reinterpretation of a real 750 year old manuscript, The Report in Confidence on the Imprisonment and Execution of William de Marisco and Sixteen of His Followers. The original text has been turned into a beautifully written modern novel, utterly convincing in its evocation of the medieval world and mindset. Fortunately, the prisoners spend as much time goading the prudish celibate with stories about ‘tupping’ the ladies as they do discussing doctrinal niceties. A brilliant book, actually, that deserves a decent readership.

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