Evaluation of Gordon’s “Death in the Venetian Quarter: A Medieval Mystery” in Regards to its Historical Context and Connection to the Crusades
This is a 5 page analysis of Gordon’s “Death in the Venetian Quarter: A Medieval Mystery” and additional comments on its historical context. Alan Gordon’s “Death in the Venetian Quarter: A Medieval Mystery” (2002) successfully combines elements of fact and fiction when unraveling a mystery during the end of the Fourth Crusade in 1203 in Constantinople. The historical accuracies of the novel are general in a broad sense with some variations as to the relationship of the Emperor and his family but overall the historical context only adds to the excitement of the work. A unique aspect of the work is his use of Feste the Fool as the central character. In Gordon’s version of history, court fools are part of an elite intellectual society which because of their positions are able to overhear conversations, due to the fact that most of the population disregard them, and makes them privy to information which prove helpful in their investigations. Once the reader accepts this premise, which has already been introduced by Gordon in two previous novels, the book becomes enjoyable in regards to the historical descriptions of the city and in Feste’s solving of the murder of Bastiani the silk merchant.
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