The Serpent's Tale takes readers to the upper Thames Valley, near Wallingford, in 12th century England.
In a novel filled with unexpected twists, one ongoing surprise is the medieval
protagonist herself -- a skilled and secretly practicing forensic pathologist!
Dr. Vesuvia Adelia Rachel Ortese Aguilar was educated not in England, then
shackled by religious and superstitious restrictions against women, but at the
"forward-thinking, internationally admired School of Medicine in Salerno*, which
defied the Church by enrolling women into its studies."
The fictional Adelia is probably the only anatomist in England at this time male or female and the King uses her unique abilities to solve a string of criminal and medical mysteries. Any book containing autopsies and gruesome deaths is not for the squeamish, but Adelia's blunt personality and investigative ...
About the Author
Ariana Franklin is the pen name of British writer Diana Norman, a former journalist, who has written several critically acclaimed biographies and historical novels under her own name and as Ariana Franklin. She is married to well known British film critic, Barry Norman (more).
Publishing in March 2009
Grave Goods, which opens with Adelia traveling to the holy town of Glastonbury to inspect bones rumored to belong to Arthur and Guinevere.
Blood at the Root
"A gripping, timely, and important examination of American racism."
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