Tania Bayard is a freelance writer specializing in medieval art, culture, and horticulture. She has a Ph.D. in art history from Columbia University, and she has taught at several universities. She has also been the assistant horticulturist at The Cloisters, a museum of medieval art that is a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the curator of the Biblical Garden at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City. Her publications include a study of the thirteenth century sculpture of Bourges Cathedral; books and articles on medieval plants and gardens; a translation of a fourteenth-century housekeeping manual; two books on roses, co-authored with the rosarian at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden; and a series of mystery novels set in 14th century France that feature Christine de Pizan.
Murder in the Cloister
Paris, 1399. Scribe Christine de Pizan is sent by the king to the Priory of Poissy to copy a manuscript for the prioress. But the prioress already has many copyists and Christine senses that something is amiss. Her suspicions are confirmed when the prioress reveals that one of the sisters has been found murdered in the cloister. Fearing for the welfare of the king's young daughter, who resides at the priory, she is eager for Christine to find out who killed the nun, and why. As Christine investigates, she uncovers dark mischief and closely guarded secrets. But can she unmask a killer?
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