Book Review

The Tale of the Tailor and the Three Dead Kings Review

Book Cover

One winter, in the dark days of King Richard II, a tailor was riding home on the road from Gilling to Ampleforth. 


My Review

This is going to be a very short review. A mini review for a mini book, the tale itself is only 70-ish pages.

I think the best part about this is the era it was written, how something like a simply creepy ghost story was being written down by at an abbey.

Imagine all the religious text they had to copy and then suddenly ‘oh by the way copy down this really odd ghost story, kthxbye.’

Anyway, Dan Jones does a great job of presenting this. It isn’t often I read intros but I did this time and I enjoyed it and I liked reading the information about the abbey afterwards.

The tale in itself doesn’t have much too it and there’s actually not a lot of the three kings in it (one seems to be focused on) and but it’s such a fascinating tale for its time and the tailor definitely had a right to be shaking in his boots.

The translation holds up well without taking away too much in the crossover from what I can tell and if you’re looking for a tiny creepy tale for winter or a spooky tbr, this would be an easy one to fill the spot!

4/5 Cups of coffee from me!

By TheCaffeinatedReader

A Caffeinated Reader and Musician, destined to write lacklustre book reviews with the over-ample amount of free time.

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