The Tarnished Chalice
By Susanna Gregory
(Time Warner Books UK, Hardcover, 9780316726412, 502pp.)
Publication Date: September 2006
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In 1356, on a bitter winter evening, Matthew Bartholomew and Brother Michael arrive in LincolnMichael to accept an honor from the cathedral, and Bartholomew to look for the woman he wants to wed. It is not long before they learn that the friary in which they are staying is not the safe haven they imagineone guest has already been murdered. It 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 intrigue in a city where neither knows who can be trusted.