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London is under siege by the Black Plague, closing its theaters and losing its frightened citizens to the countryside. Lord Westfield's Men decide upon the relative safety of the road and a tour of the North. Before they can pack up and depart, one player in the troupe is murdered.As they travel, the company of players managed by its bookholder, Nicholas Bracewell, learnsLondon is under siege by the Black Plague, closing its theaters and losing its frightened citizens to the countryside. Lord Westfield's Men decide upon the relative safety of the road and a tour of the North. Before they can pack up and depart, one player in the troupe is murdered.As they travel, the company of players managed by its bookholder, Nicholas Bracewell, learns that their arch-rivals, Banbury's Men, have been pirating their best works. Hoping to shake off Banbury's Men, actor Lawrence Firethorn eventually leads his troupe to York where all is revealed in a thrilling performance....

Title : The Trip to Jerusalem
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ISBN : 9780449219874
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Number of Pages : 240 Pages
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The Trip to Jerusalem Reviews

  • Maria Thermann
    2019-06-24 18:42

    The third book in Edward Marston's wonderful Nicholas Bracewell series is something of a puzzle. While the other books are essentially conventional murder mysteries, this one is more of a Elizabethan comedy of errors and mishaps befalling the celebrated troupe of actors, Lord Westfield's Men, for which Nicholas Bracewell acts as book holder and stage manager. A series of murders occurs, but this time Nicholas is far too busy extricating his actors from one calamity after another to bother with solving crime. The final denouement is more incidental than planned, it seems, as Nicholas literally stumbles upon the murderer in the dark - and the hired assassin who finishes off the murderer! Set against the political and religious unrests of the late 1500's during Queen Elizabeth I.'s reign, the murders are connected to Lord Walsingham's desire to rid the British Isles of Catholicism once and for all. A protestant monarch, so Walsingham argues, cannot allow religious freedom, if that very freedom of her subjects means they may well opt to have a different head of state. Prompted by an outbreak of the plague, London's authorities have no choice but to close down theatres in the city - in Europe of the late 16th century the origin of the plague was still unknown and so large gatherings of people were regarded as a source for the contagious disease to take hold. Robbed of their source of income, Lord Westfield's Men have no option but to leave London for the stages of the provinces. They set off confident, believing they'll wow the crowds of yokels along their way to York, where they are to stay and perform for the owner of an inn, Sir Clarence Marmion. The name of his inn is "The Trip to Jerusalem" and in many ways the troupe of actors are setting off on their very own pilgrimage, although they do not know that yet. Their patron, Lord Westfield, has secured them lodgings and a welcome at many different towns and cities, and the actors look forward to a lucrative few weeks of work. Their loyalties to the stage and to each other are tested to the limits along the way.When they get to their first destination, they discover to their horror that their rivals, the hated Lord Banbury's Men theatrical group, have not only been there first - Banbury's Men have stolen the script written by Westfield's talented playwright Edmund Hoode and performed a Westfield play to great acclaim. Naturally, the yokels have had their fill of theatre for a while and they refuse to allow Westfield's Men to set up their stage and play.This is just the first in a long list of towns - Westfield's Men find their efforts thwarted by their rivals wherever they go. It seems, a traitor among their very own troupe has given away the scripts Westfield's Men have guarded for so long. Copyright did not exist in the late 1500's, so a writer could not guard their work. Worse is to come, for one of the Westfield apprentices is kidnapped and then the basket with all their stage costumes goes missing, too. Is this the end of Lord Westfield's Men? How are they ever to recover such a substantial loss?The novel is a wonderful multi-stranded tale of actors in peril, of murderers going free and of religious fanatics torturing the hell out of each other only to all fall into deadly traps set by the cunning spider Lord Walsingham.At the end, faltering marriages are repaired and couples fornicate to their hearts' content, while Nicholas finds his finer feelings of friendship and trust betrayed at every turn and witnesses a ruthless killer go free. Much like your average Elizabethan tragedy then...The novel essentially deals with different types of passion, focussing mostly on the acting bug that won't let go of its "victim", no matter what the circumstances. As always, the banter and catty dialogue between the acting fraternity is highly entertaining. A novel as bawdy, full-blooded and raucous as Shakespeare's Men must have been in their day, when they performed at London's Rose and Curtain theatres!

  • Karen Brooks
    2019-06-15 21:46

    The third book in the Nicholas Bracewell series by Edward Marston, The Trip the Jerusalem ups the ante by becoming darker and more twisted in terms of plot and character motivation. So much so, it was hard to put down.The novel opens with London in the grip of plague, so Lord Westfield’s men decide to quit London and try and earn their keep by playing at inns and country houses on the way to “Jerusalem” or York. Knowing they have to reduce the size of their company in order to make the journey viable, they make some tough decisions regarding the actors, decisions that the murder of one of the players throws into disarray.As per usual it’s not just murder that stalks Lord Westfield’s Men, but mayhem as well as they discover that their arch rivals, Lord Banbury’s men are not only pirating their plays but managing to perform them successfully prior to their arrival at each destination. But when one of their valuable players is kidnapped, other disasters befall the troupe, and strangers join their pilgrimage, bookholder, Nicholas, requires all his intelligence and skills to outwit Banbury’s men, sort out a muddle of relationships and uncover a plot that threatens the crown.Fast-paced, easy to read and thoroughly enjoyable (there are some laugh out loud moments) this is a terrific edition to a series that is getting better with each instalment. Part of that is because the characters are becoming more familiar and lovable (or not) but also because the language in which the tales are told and the cracking dialogue is reminiscent of Shakespeare’s plays – particularly the comedies – and there’s a richness and boldness about them that’s at once familiar, strange and lovely to read.

  • Sian Wadey
    2019-06-13 21:44

    When I picked this up in the bookshop I couldn't wait to get home and start reading it. The plague, a touring band of players, murder and mystery and all narrated by their stage manager. As a stage manager myself it was interesting to read about what my role would have been like if I had been alive during that time period (and had been a man). Initially the style of writing took me aback. I had expected it to be of the period, and am accustomed to reading Shakespeare but some phrases took two readings for me to understand what was being said or going on. However, as the book progressed I became more used to the language and the book flowed well.The characters were an eclectic mix which I enjoyed reading about, especially the magnificent Lawrence Firethorn! Dubious in character, but an excellent actor. The other players were also interesting, all distinctive enough to keep separate in my head. Although it did annoy me when Martson constantly referred to them by their full name but actually this became useful as were introduced to more people within the novel.The story itself of Westfield's Players, their travels on the road and their running feud with Barnaby's players was enough to keep me enthralled. In fact, I found the two running stories alongside a bit boring, especially the one about the traitors. The woman who had abandoned her husband for God was a bit more interesting but it's conclusion was a bit bland, and it had no tie into the main story.Overall an excellent book, a quick read and a very original idea. I hope to discover the first two of these novels and enjoy them just as much as I have this one.

  • Soozee
    2019-06-18 20:34

    This is a great series, really entertaining, historically accurate. I enjoy the characters and the stories. I was excited to see this one was out of London and to my old home town of Nottingham. Its a great read and I look forward to reading the next in the series.

  • Helene Harrison
    2019-06-17 01:55

    Review - My least favourite of the three I have read, however, still a cleverly constructed murder mystery. I did think that the introduction of the religious controversies of the period was a clever device, but it could have been used to better effect. The characters didn't come across as fully formed as in the earlier two novels which, for me, let the story down.Genre? - Historical / Crime / MysteryCharacters? - Nicholas Bracewell / Edmund Hoode / Lawrence Firethorn / Richard Honeydew / Anne Hendrik / Margery FirethornSetting? - London & York (England)Series? - Nicholas Bracewell #3Recommend? – YesRating - 16/20

  • Alexander
    2019-06-09 18:34

    A decent enough Elizabethan theatrical mystery which whiled away the time.

  • Kevin
    2019-06-19 00:48

    Character List(view spoiler)[ Edward Marston - The Trip to JerusalemNicholas Bracewell, stage manager for a theatre company in 16th century Elizabethan London. company’s book holder Anne Hendrick NB's Landlady in Bankside, LoverLawrence Firethorn Lead actor, sharer, ranked player Margery Firethorne - good wife, a caring mother, Kindred spirits Barnaby Gill - sharer, clown, predilection for young boys w/ pretty faces+firm bodies.Edmund Hoode - sharer, ranked player, all, slim, pale, clean-shaven man in his thirties,he was an actor-playwright George Dart he was assistant stagekeeper and occasionally got pressed into service as an extra.Gabriel Hawkes - fine actor rival Millfield, strangledChristopher Millfield - fine actor rival HawkesThomas Skillen was a case in point. The stagekeeperPeter Digby was another casualty. As leader of the musiciansAlexander Marwood, the luckless landlord of the Queen’s Head.Miles Melhuish believed totally in the power of prayer. As vicarHumphrey Budden - big broad man of florid hue, honest, affable, upright, Eleanor Budden - wife, grip of some ineluctable passion. to goto Jerusalem Lord WestfieldRichard Honeydew - most talented of the boy apprenticesMartin YeoAnthony Rickwood. Late of Sussex.’ Part of a Catholic conspiracy, hungSir Francis Walsingham. He has spies everywhere.Sir Clarence Marmion in York CatholicLambert Pym, landlord The Trip to JerusalemRobert Rawlins had the appearance and air of a scholar.Giles Randolph - Firethorns rival, Banbury’s MenOliver Quilley courtier,robbed, painter of miniatures Susan Becket -pilling out of her dress with welcome. Inn Waitress NottinghamDavy StrattonSir Michael GreenleafJonas ApplegarthMark Scruton - Gabriel Hawkes kinsman (hide spoiler)]

  • LJ
    2019-06-18 22:36

    First Sentence: Enemies surrounded them.Bookholder Nicholas Bracewell and the theatre company of Lord Westfield’s Men decide to leave London in an effort to avoid the plague, which seem already to have felled one of the troupe’s members. More the plague troubles the troupe. They find their plays have been given to a rival company, who are performing them on the road just ahead. When a young player is kidnapped, Nicholas is determined to learn who is out to sabotage his troupe. Although I am not as big a fan of Marston’s “Elizabethan Theater” books as I am his “Domesday” books, this was still a very enjoyable read. Nicholas Bracewell is an intriguing character about whom we learn a bit more and who grows as a character with each book. He is the core of reason and sanity in the world-wind of artistic personalities and the vanity of actors. His background of sailing and fighting with Sir Francis Drake make him a strong, credible investigator.Marston fine eye for history is well portrayed in aspects. From the dialogue, to the vagaries of an actor’s life on the road, a look behind the scenes of Elizabethan theater and the dangers of the political and religious times; Marston doesn’t “pretty-up” the period but helps us understand the challenges of living during that time. At the same time, I appreciate Martson’s humor and the bombastic personalities of some of the characters which enliven and lighten the plot. This was a short, light, fascinating read that I very much enjoyed and series with which I shall continue.THE TRIP TO JERUSALEM (His Mys, Nicholas Bracewell, England, Elizabethan) – Good+Marston, Edward, 3rd in Elizabeth Theater SeriesSt. Martin’s Press, ©1990, US Hardcover – ISBN; 0312051743

  • Rob Spence
    2019-06-20 18:53

    This is the third story in the Bracewell mysteries, and all the familiar ingredients are there: dastardly acts of sabotage by the Earl of Banbury's Men; a player who is not what he seems; the abduction of one of the boy-players; marital problems for Lawrence Firethorn; bloody scenes of torture and death. But then, the genre is formulaic, and Edward Marston has honed his technique well. And to be fair, there are some unusual elements to this tale of Lord Westfield's Men. The plague has forced the players out of London, and the action takes place in a series of provincial locales, ending up at York, where, according to this novel, the pub called the Trip to Jerusalem was to be found. I remember going to the Nottingham Trip, so I was puzzled by this substitution, especially as some of the action takes place in Nottingham, where Firethorn pleases the locals by giving them his Robin Hood. Extensive research (well, I googled it) suggests there was no Trip to Jerusalem pub in York, and actually, Marston's pub now has a new name since it was taken over by Sir Clarence Marmion.Bracewell is his usual resourceful self, saving the company from disaster, and bringing a plot that involves recusant Catholics, gay spies and a mad woman to a satisfactory conclusion.

  • Gerald Sinstadt
    2019-06-19 01:49

    Sir Lawrence Firehorn leads a troupe of actors forced out of Tudor London by the plague. The Trip to Jerusalem of the book's title proves to be an inn in York, their final destination. Their journey features murder an mayhem, kidnapping and betrayal, and - as others have observed - much bawdy sex.The author's clockwork plot works well enough but he cannot resist showing off the fruits of his homework - for instance the description of the Merchant Adventurer's building in York merely slows the pace of the final events. As a kind of lightweight romp the book will pass an hour or two, but Edward Marston is no C J Ransom. One doesn't need to be too fastidious a reader to be disappointed by the frequent fall back on cliche - riding hell for leather (twice) ... welcome with open arms ... search high and low ... in every nook and cranny, etc. If the cliches are lazy the assumption that a crescendo can be reached is just plain wrong.

  • Sarah Keane
    2019-06-07 00:44

    I wanted to like this book, really I did. Murder and scandal in the Elizabethan era, it should have been a good read. I stubbornly kept going, but from beginning to end it was poor. I need to listen to my instincts and know when to put a book down unfinished as I almost did with this after the first twenty or so pages.Characters were flimsy, the plot was scattered and the whole thing was disjointed to the point that reading the last page I still didn’t have the foggiest about what had actually gone on.

  • Wayne Farmer
    2019-06-26 20:46

    Another fast-paced historical whodunnit from Edward Marston. As usual you are kept guessing to try and work out who the culprits are, and there are many red herrings along the way. The red herrings however are my only criticism with this novel - there are a couple of side plots that while they seem intriguing and interesting at first, they don't actually have much at all to do with the main plot of the story and seem to only exist for the few sentences of humour at their conclusion which was a shame as they seemed to be resolved too easily without any real point to them.

  • Donna
    2019-06-21 01:33

    Read again 06/27/14 for Maze mystery discussion group. Nicholas Bracewell and company set out from London exiled after the plague takes hold again. On the Great North Road to York they encounter a bewildering series of mishaps -- and murder. Again the theater parts of the story are the most enjoyable. Taking the show on the road was no simple undertaking. Each venue required adaptions. Nicholas should learn to lighten up a bit too.

  • Nandini
    2019-06-03 20:38

    I loved this 3rd instalment!! I really did not see the plot twist coming, and I love the way Nicolas makes everything okay which can get annoying at times but mostly it's perfect. I think I enjoyed the 2nd book in the series the most (so far) but there are still 13 books in this series (The Bracewell Mysteries) to go!

  • Cat.
    2019-06-19 18:45

    Good again. This time the troupe have to leave London because of the Plague, so they tour up to York, aided & abetted by their arch-rivals, and assorted hangers-on & crazy people. The story brings in the history of the time with a subplot about the persecution of those still practicing Catholicism.

  • Carole Moran
    2019-06-11 17:41

    Not as interesting as his other books in this line (Westfield players). The book starts slowly and takes a lot of time to build up toward a plot that, to me, was rather obvious from the beginning. The best feature of this book is the second half where the action picks up.

  • Kate Snow
    2019-05-31 22:43

    Slow start, but second half much better once all the protagonists have been brought to York for the denouement.

  • Vicky Thomasson
    2019-06-01 23:31

    I have very much enjoyed the Bracewell mysteries and this book was just as enjoyable as the others. Like the others, it's full of history and mystery. I'm sad this is the last one in the series.

  • Richard
    2019-06-23 00:50

    Theater leaves London due to plague. Religious murders. Okay.

  • Karen wadey
    2019-06-11 20:57

    I enjoyed this book but sometimes found it difficult to follow. I have found it similar in other Edward Marston novels that the story doesn't hold my concentration.