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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About Mark Lord

Mark Lord studied Medieval Studies at the University of Birmingham and wrote his M. Phil. Thesis on Medieval Alliterative Poetry. Since then he has worked in publishing and writes historical fiction, fantasy and science fiction in his spare time.

Mark is the author of the novels Hell has its Demons, The Return of the Free and numerous short stories. He is also editor of the popular Alt Hist magazine - one of the few literary magazines to focus exclusively on historical fiction and alternate history.

He lives in Hertfordshire with his family.

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Peter Alan Orchard reviewed on Sep. 9, 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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