• Wine of Violence

  • The Medieval Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Priscilla Royal
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (398 ratings)

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Wine of Violence

By: Priscilla Royal
Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
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Publisher's Summary

Late summer, 1270. Although the Simon de Montfort rebellion is over, the smell of death still hangs over the land. In the small priory of Tyndal, the monks and nuns of the Order of Fontevraud long for a return to routine. Their hopes are dashed, however, when the young and inexperienced Eleanor of Wynethorpe is appointed their new prioress. Only a day after her arrival, a brutally murdered monk is found in the cloister gardens, and Brother Thomas, a young priest with a troubled past, arrives to bring her a more personal grief. Now Eleanor must not only struggle to gain the respect of her terrified and resentful flock but also cope with violence, lust, and greed.

©2003 Priscilla Royal (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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If you're not into sodomy, this book's not for you

I was SO disappointed with this book! I love stories set in medieval time periods, but this book was just gross. Vast majority of this plot centers around the sexual preferences of the nuns and monks. I know not all people of that era who had taken religious orders were fully invested, but this was just over sexualized. Not at all what I was looking for.

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Wonderful Story

I truly enjoyed this story. Well-developed characters and a plot with plenty of twists. My only slight objection is to the title, which I think might have been better. Great writing. I look forward to reading or listening to the rest of the series.

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Cadfael-esque

After reading all of Ellis Peters "Brother Cadfael" series, this is a welcomed find. I love the period, and was disappointed that there were no more Cadfael tales. This series promises to fill the void with new characters, in a familiar setting, albeit Nuns and Monks. looking forward to more of the same.

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Fantastic Book

I have listened to well over 300 cozy/historical mysteries. What I truly enjoyed about this one is that the characters were so likable. In a couple scenes, Royal has some of the female characters laughing with one another and enjoying each other's company-you'd be amazed how rarely authors in this genre write about women being at such ease with one another. The story arc was well developed. The historical setting was explained nicely and the details of the surroundings were neither heavy handed nor too thin. It pained me a bit that Royal had to contextualize what people today understand as LGBTQ lives but from some of the other reviews, it is clear the explanation was needed, even if not fully understood. I will download other books by Royal, particularly any read by Wanda McCaddon, who did such a fine job of bringing the story to life.

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Weak , bland, boring

I am very fond of historical novels. I have seen Royal's name and finally tried this one. Waste of time. Not to be mentioned in company with Penman, Dunnett, Weir output.

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Very good and thought provoking ....

Priscilla Royal is very good and is scrupulous in her research. She develops her story well, providing some twists and turns I, for one, didn't expect.
Wanda McCaddon is a very good narrator, although I must admit, I wasn't sure about her at first.
I look forward to listening to more in this series to see how the characters develop.

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A nun and a priest walk into an lgbtq+ friendly priory

I actually found the story hard to follow for about the first third of the book. And then the subject material wasn’t really what I was interested in. Historical fiction with modern thought towards homosexuality. This was well narrated, no complaints about her performance. But otherwise this is a miss for me.

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I’m looking forward to next book!

This was an excellent mystery set in medieval times. There is a murderer on the loose and attacking those in a religious priory of nuns and monks. It covers the historical place of educated women and the power they could have within a religious order. The struggle of a patriarchal hierarchy and the seeking of political power. The class systems of the world and the history of hospitals and growing medical knowledge help to unravel the murder of gentle old monk.
I highly recommend this book. I was impressed by the amount of medieval, social and church history woven throughout this story. I’m downloading the next book today.

I was given a free copy of this book in lieu of an honest review. I honestly enjoyed this book!

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After Brother Cadfael, read this!

An equal of the Brother Cadfael mysteries.
Well plotted and the ending made sense not as though it was pulled together at the last minutes as is the case with so many mysteries.

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Sodomy + monk

A historical mystery excellently presented and narrated
I throughly enjoyed this book but I do love historical mysteries

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  • Hilary Falk
  • 02-24-17

Enjoyable Medieval whodunit

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes - an easy read for historical detective addicts, read it almost in one.

What did you like best about this story?

Eleanor, the new prioress. Intelligent, intuitive, with a sense of humour - and of course beautiful.
Also the details about the monastery life.

What about Wanda McCaddon’s performance did you like?

I have heard Wanda McCaddon on different books - all clear performances that help the book along with good rhythm and almost perfect diction.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It is not high drama - but does have humour in the perennial quirks of people.

Any additional comments?

At the very end there are some anachronistic reflections on morality which were superfluous.

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  • Pixz
  • 08-29-21

enjoyed it very much

I really enjoyed this book, it's a bit of a 'feel good' story even tho it's a murder mystery.

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  • The Curator
  • 07-27-20

Enjoyable mediaeval mystery

Sympathetic characters lead this story of pride, ambition and murder. The murderer is not a great shock but that’s not a problem. This more a meditation on good and bad than a straight whodunnit.

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  • Oldbird
  • 05-18-22

Grrrr....

Sorry I couldn't finish this. A very long preamble. It didn't come to life . The sexual content seemed a bit crude and Oh dear what is the matter with the narrator. The story is set in medieval England! I didn't expect it to read like Chaucer but in England we pronounce clerk as Clark and herbs with an aitch not a silent aitch. I just couldn't stand hearing urbs and clirk once more. I appreciate Americans pronounce them that way but in an English story and with that cut glass accent? - No! Sorry about the rant but can't finish this. The headline is optional. Why am I being forced to write one?

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  • D Dent
  • 11-20-21

Interesting but poorly told

I have to repeat the opinion of another reviewer, in that while the story echoed with historic detail and some characters were alive and 3 dimensional, most others were left flat and without enough detail.

Mostly though, the author's habit of telling us in long prose about conversations that had happened,rather than driving the experience of the story through the conversations themselves, became tiring and repetitious by the end. It interfered with the connection to the characters, and I shan't pay to hear more long reporting of past events in the next books.

Also, the strange focus on sex rather unbalanced it all, and felt discordant, rather than enhancing understanding of the characters.
Shame really, had great potential as a series of stories.

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  • Skye1
  • 10-23-19

struggled to finish it

liked book 1 book 2 just seemed to drone on and on played a word game at the same time not good

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  • J from Yorkshire
  • 11-29-22

Contains obscenity and foul language

The writer is talented. It's a shame that this book is spoilt by obscenity and foul language

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-23-22

super boring

poorly written, author less lacking skill, unnecessary diatribe about the sexualities of people and the narrator has a tedious voice

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-13-22

Most excellent

I enjoyed this book very much and the narrator did well with the narration

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  • Cidergirl
  • 07-31-22

enjoyable

I enjoyed this book. Medieval mysteries with good female protagonists are right up my alley, this one is good, I will listen again in a few months.

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  • claire
  • 02-03-22

Good book but struggled with the narrator

I really enjoyed this first book and will continue with the series
I found the narration frustrating as her cadence and pitch bounces around so much it could make the sentences hard to follow and I often realized my mind had wandered off despite being interested in the content