Knight Prisoner (Paperback)

By Mark J. Mitchell

Battered Suitcase Press, 9780615828978, 184pp.

Publication Date: July 27, 2013

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Description

In 1470, in the great City of London, the great French poet, Francois Villon, was in trouble. He had a talent for it. Carted off to Newgate prison, he is thrown into the company of that master of English crime and prose, Sir Thomas Malory.

This humorous alternative medieval history tale is told by Fremin-Villon's put-upon secretary who has never had an adventure of his own-he tells the story of the meeting of these two masters of writing and crime, while looking back at their early criminal adventures. Both men's lives curiously echo their literary work. It also becomes the story of Fremin himself, as he grows from being the servant of two great men, into his own manhood.

The legal and romantic situations go from bad to worse until there is only one man they can turn to, the old Knight in the prison.

Knight Prisoner is a delightful tale of adventure through the dark alleys and filthy taverns of pre-Renaissance London, infused with a warmth and humor worthy of Chaucer himself. Mark J. Mitchell's Knight Prisoner is an ageless comedy filled with clever insight into humanity, whatever the century.



About the Author

Mark J. Mitchell was born in Chicago and grew up Catholic in southern California. He studied writing and Medieval Literature at UC Santa Cruz under Raymond Carver, George Hitchcock, Barbara Hull and Robert M. Durling. His poems have appeared in several hundred periodicals over the last thirty five years, as well as the anthologies Good Poems, American Places, Hunger Enough, and Line Drives. His poetry chapbook, Three Visitors won The Negative Capability Press International Chapbook Competition. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, the film maker and documentarian, Joan Juster.
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