In 1350 the people of Cambridge are struggling
to overcome the effects of the Black Death. Bands of outlaws roam
the land and the high death rate among priests and monks has left
the people vulnerable to sinister cults that have grown up in the
wake of the plague.
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At Michaelhouse Matthew Bartholomew is training new physicians to
replace those who died of the pestilence. When the body of a friar
is found in the massive chest where the University stores its most
precious documents, Bartholomew is dragged away from his teaching
to investigate. But the friar's is not the only unexplained death
in the town.
Almost by chance Bartholomew stumbles across a derelict church, abandoned
since its congregation were decimated by the plague. It is now the
meeting place for a mysterious sect which holds its followers in terror,
and which Bartholomew believes to be at the very heart of an astonishing
web of blackmail and deceit aimed to overthrow the established religion.
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