In the Presence of Evil
by Tania Bayard

Christine de Pizan is hired to be a scribe for the King in 14th Century France but finds more than she bargained for as a trail of bodies are found.

Paris, 1393.
Recent widow Christine de Pizan became a scribe to support her family, but when she is called to the palace to work, she dreads going. There, everyone fears the king’s attacks of unreason and they believe the charlatans who claim they can cure him with vile potions. But when a mysterious book of magic leaves a trail of real murdered bodies in its wake, Christine has more than black magic to worry about.

Then one of the king’s favourites, Hugues de Précy, is found murdered and his wife Alix de Clairy is blamed. Can Christine prove Alix’s innocence and save her from being burned at the stake?


Bayard excels at describing people and places and puts her knowledge of the period to good use in crafting an engrossing whodunit

Publishers Weekly Starred Review

This richly detailed and atmospheric historical mystery will draw readers into a fascinating medieval world that devotees of Ellis Peters and Ariana Franklin will savor.

Library Journal

An intriguing premise and a dexterously executed story


Tania Bayard

Tania Bayard is a freelance writer and lecturer specializing in medieval art, culture, and horticulture. She has taught art history at Fordham, Rutgers, and Hofstra universities and is the author of a number of non-fiction books, including A Medieval Home Companion: Housekeeping in the Fourteenth Century. Previously, she was the curator of the Biblical Garden at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City and assistant horticulturist at The Cloisters, a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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In the Presence of Evil by Tania Bayard is available in the following formats

Hardback97807278878871st August 2018142 X 222mm240$28.99
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