Michaelmas Tribute

Michaelmas Tribute In in the kingdom of the Burren people lived according to the ancient customs and Brehon laws of their ancestors When the steward of the MacNamara clan is found dead in the local churchyard it

  • Title: Michaelmas Tribute
  • Author: Cora Harrison
  • ISBN: 9781405092258
  • Page: 177
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In 1509, in the kingdom of the Burren, people lived according to the ancient customs and Brehon laws of their ancestors When the steward of the MacNamara clan is found dead in the local churchyard, it is questioned whether it was revenge, greed or something sinister which led to his murder It is up to Mara to investigate.

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    1. I have enjoyed this novel and its precursor, My Lady Judge, by Irish author Cora Harrison because the events take place in an interesting period of Irish history, around 1500AD. It is an era in which the traditional way of life is being threatened by the spread of English culture. This tension is played out in Harrison's novels by the challenge of English law to the traditional legal system, which had existed for over 1,000 years, and which has an entirely different underlying philosophy. Harris [...]

    2. Excellent book 2. The mysteries are cleverly woven giving little hints how future historical events will effect this series. The romance with Mara and the King is charming and tastefully done. I love her reasoning. Just a very good read.

    3. I found the first hundred pages or so of this novel difficult. There were a lot of medieval Irish words, there was a lot of discussion about Irish kin and political systems. But, the last two hundred pages I read in one continuous sitting. I've read a lot of historical fiction about the worlds of the Tutors, but never anything about Ireland. Learning about how different that world was was a great experience. I also enjoyed the characters--a female judge/law teacher and her small hoard of young s [...]

    4. Good mystery. A look at how disputes were resolved in Ireland at the time of Henry VIII. And penalties associated with unlawful killing, And how property devolved from one generation to the next. Mixture of community property and private ownership.

    5. Book 2 is even better than book one in this series.Wonderful writing and a fascinating mystery. The look into the laws of Ireland in the early 1500s is amazing, and the relationships formed in this story just get better and better.It is rare to find a book with such wonderful writing.

    6. A SECRET AND UNLAWFUL KILLING (aka MICHAELMAS TRIBUTE) (Hist. Mys-Mara-Ireland-1500s) - VGHarrison, Cora – 2nd in seriesMacmillan, 2008, UK Hardcopy – ISBN: 9781405092258First Sentence: The kingdom of the Burren was then an isolated place, with the Atlantic Ocean guarding its northern and western coast, and the broad sweep of the River Shannon encircling its eastern and southern sides.November 1509 brings the Michaelmas Fair to the kingdom of Burren. It is also time for the citizens to pay t [...]

    7. This is a murder mystery set in the west of Ireland in the early 16th century.The book starts off slow, but then I found it unputdownable at the end.The murder mystery is good with plenty of false leads and twists to keep us guessing and engaged.The historical perspective explores the Irish system of hierarchy and society before English law came into force. In particular the Brehon laws are explained - though perhaps a tad overly so. (Editor - where are you?) The differences between the English [...]

    8. The second of the Burren series of medieval Irish mysteries, this novels follows fairly closely the plot and flow of the first, but didn’t feel particularly formulaic, since new characters and conflicts are introduced. There is some redundancy in describing the Brehon law, but as I read the first and second novels back to back, this may have been more noticeable to me. I appreciated seeing the growth in character of the young scholars that were first introduced in the previous novel. However, [...]

    9. This story deals with a lady Brehon judge in early Ireland. The setting is the limestone Burren area on the Atlantic shore.At Michaelmas time a countryside chieftain collects a tribute from his followers. The man who goes around with the cart collecting is not popular and some say he gathers too much of goods. A murder occurs on the dark lonely roads, amid jealousies, feuds and romances, and the lady lawgiver decides to investigate. Mainly I thought the story could be improved by a map. At lot o [...]

    10. #2 Burren historical mystery featuring the Brehon Mara. When the unpopular steward of clan MacNamara is found murdered in a churchyard the day after the Michealmas faire, it's up to Mara to determine who killed him and enforce the Brehon laws that have governed Ireland for centuries. A second death complicates matters, but the miller Aengus may actually have been killed before the steward. Mara can't help but believe they are somehow connected, but has difficulty figuring out who had motive, mea [...]

    11. This is the 2nd book to feature Brehon Mara. I thought the 1st, "My Lady Judge," was a bit too obvious in terms of how the relationships between the recurring characters would play out. This book is somewhat better in that regard, although at certain turning points in the plot there was no uncertainty in my mind how characters would behave. On the other hand, as far as I know the setting is unique (the Sister Fidelma books take place in the 7th century; these take place in the 16th). So if you'r [...]

    12. I just have not been pulled into this book and I think I am done with this series. I would lose track of which kin group was which easily and Mara was getting on my nerves with (view spoiler)[ her inability to make up her mind about the wedding and when I skimmed the end she seems to say yes out of pity! The poor guy is grieving one son who is fatally and the other running off to England as a murderer. It seems like she is much more attached to the neighbor and if she has to think this hard abou [...]

    13. Interesting. The author writes of two murders taking place in Ireland in 1509, just before Henry VIII became King. Ireland was still independent, ruled by Kings and clans. The lawyers and judges were called Brehon, and in this story, the judge is a woman. She is second only to the King in terms of status and power. The story was okay, and the character's solving of the murders was interesting, but what appealed to me most was that women in Ireland were equal to men in many respects. After Englis [...]

    14. I'm a sucker for medieval fiction, and although I think it's a stretch, at best, to describe this as "medieval"--it's after 1500, for gawd's sake!--the location of Ireland allows the setting to work for the late Middle Ages.Sure, the book was on the fluffy side, but it flowed well and was a quick read, with an entertaining juxtaposition between the heroine's dual careers as judge/lawer/investigator and head of a law school that consists mainly of young boys. You've got some good professional wom [...]

    15. I'm in love with this author, and with Mara, the main character of this series. Mara is a Brehon, a female judge in Ireland, and, in this novel, she's solving murders (of course!) and trying to decide if she should give up everything she has to marry a king. I have a feeling she won't--she's thinking about a marriage in the 4th degree, where they both would keep their own homes and meet whenever they need to, to, um, act like a married couple. The more I learn about ancient Gaelic law, the more [...]

    16. This is a great mystery series set in ancient Celtic Ireland with a female judge (Brehon) who is the sleuth. There is another series, the Sister Fidelma series, which also features a female judge in medieval Ireland, but I believe this series by Cora Harrison is much, much better. I enjoy learning about how the ancient Celtic clans ruled themselves- very practical and sensible. We could learn a lot from them!

    17. I really enjoy these books. The clan law before Ireland became Anglicized seems so sensible. Crime solving before CSI and modern technology makes one realize how relationships and basic values are so important to whether a person will commit crimes. The judgement of the Brehon are so well though out and the Brehon being a woman demonstrates the respect for position all members of the clans held dear

    18. Once again Harrison has presented a mystery that's infused with the feeling of ancient Ireland. Like in the best historical fiction, the time and place are integral to Harrison's story.The characters continue to grow and change. The pace is leisurely but not slow. And I really enjoyed the bits of Brehon law. Those glimpses of Celtic law helped ground me in medieval Ireland.I eagerly await Mara's next case.

    19. I'm not sure which is more appealing, the Brehon laws or the Brehon herself, my lady judge Mara. These books make 16th-century Ireland an appealing place, especially for women. Women enjoyed more freedom and status than at any other time or place. The murder mystery is incidental to the setting and characters IMHO. This is a reread, and picking up on details I missed the first time through add to the enjoyment. Mara is a delight.

    20. A good mystery. If you can relax your mind enough to breeze through the Gaelic words/pronunciation it is a quick read that keeps the reader guessing and wanting more. Not your typical mystery cliff hanger, no action or adventure scenes, but I think more true to life for the most part (how many fiery car chases do detectives really go through in a day?). Good imagery and historical information. I would read more in the series.

    21. Second in the Medieval Ireland series set at the beginning of the reign of Henry VIII, the Irish still have their own laws and Mara is the Brehon of the Burren and judges with the consent of the king. It is pretty awesome to see a different sort of legal system, which worked for the Irish for centuries before England forced a change. This is a lovely historical fiction series.

    22. A historical whodunnit that gave an insight into a piece of Irish history but mainly focused on the characters living that history. Easy and enjoyable to read with some simple explainations of historical law and social settings. The plot followed exciting twists and turns that concluded well but left me wanting to know more of the characters and their futures.

    23. Enjoyable tale of murder in the West of Ireland prior to the coming of Henry viii to Ireland, so Ireland is still widely under Brehon Law. The insights into how justice functioned in Ireland prior to English law was very interesting. The characters introduced in the first of the trilogy are filled out a bit more in this book and all in all a pleasant easy read.

    24. I liked this one better than the first; the author is settling down into her subject and her characters are stronger. Better descriptions of the lovely part of Ireland where the story is set as well.

    25. An enjoyable and interesting mystery; I wish that the author had spent a bit more time describing the medieval Irish countryside, customs and culture. All in all I found this to be pretty well plotted and well written.

    26. I think I am enjoying the historical references of these novels maybe even more than the mystery aspect. I really did not know much about Ireland in the 1500s and their laws and communities are very intriguing to me.

    27. Another excellent mystery and I enjoyed the characterisation of the judge and her pupils and the king of Ireland in MediaevalTimes. I like the way the chapters explain the folklore of the time and will definitely continue to follow the series.

    28. These are fun. The first one was more fun though, because the English weren't on the scene yet. Now they are here, causing trouble.

    29. A very slow plodding mystery that gained some charm as I progressed through the book. But I don't think the charm outweighed the drudge.

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