Bird Talk: A Tale of Medieval Magic

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What do you do when you have accused the woman you love of necromancy?

Bird Talk is a short story about Roger, a young priest living in a small medieval English town, who is trying to uncover what he believes are foul magical deeds. But instead he manages to implicate the women he desires in accusations of witchcraft. More

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Published by Alt Hist Press
Words: 7,820
Language: English
ISBN: 9781452333441
About Mark Lord

I am a UK based writer, living in the southeast of England. I mostly write historical fiction and fantasy, although I also have been known to write a bit of Science Fiction now and again.

My favourite authors include Gene Wolfe, Ursula le Guin and Iain Banks, and I'm currently getting into Dan Simmons and Neal Stephenson. Outside SF&F I enjoy the thrillers of Robert Harris and I love Tolstoy's War and Peace.

I am also the Editor of Alt Hist, the new magazine of Historical Fiction and Alternate History.

My reading tastes, I think, are fairly broad. I like Gene Wolfe, Leo Tolstoy, Ursula le Guin and Iain Banks in particular, and I’m currently getting into Dan Simmons and Neal Stephenson.

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Review by: Peter Alan Orchard on Sep. 09, 2012 :
Roger Draper is a curious priest, and when he hears of a hoopoe for sale in the local market he smells sorcery. But when he takes the constable to investigate and finds the offending bird in the hands of his beloved Margery, Roger is in a quandary.

The tale now involves a sturdy beggar, a missing book of spells, a church inquisitor and a good deal of drink taken by the constable, before reaching a satisfactory conclusion. An enjoyable story, neatly plotted and characterised and well worth a read.
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