Susanna Gregory is the pseudonym of Elizabeth Cruwys, a Cambridge academic who was previously a coroner's officer. She writes detective fiction, and is noted for her series of mediaeval mysteries featuring Matthew Bartholomew, a teacher of medicine and investigator of murders in 14th-century Cambridge. Another series of books, set just after the Restoration of Charles II, features Thomas Chaloner, detective and former spy. This series began with A Conspiracy of Violence published in January 2006.

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  • Susanna Gregory is the pseudonym of Elizabeth Cruwys, a Cambridge academic who was previously a coroner's officer. She writes detective fiction, and is noted for her series of mediaeval mysteries featuring Matthew Bartholomew, a teacher of medicine and investigator of murders in 14th-century Cambridge. These books may have some aspects in common with the Ellis Peters Cadfael series, the mediaeval adventures of two men, a highly intelligent physician and a Benedictine monk who is senior proctor of Cambridge University. Matthew Bartolomew's activities as a healer, including examination of corpses, embroil him in a series of mysterious crimes, both secular and monastic, and he reluctantly assumes the role of an amateur sleuth. Skeptical of superstition, he is somewhat ahead of his time, and much accurate historical detail is woven into the adventures. But there any resemblance to the comparatively warm-hearted Cadfael series ends: the tone and subject matter of the Gregory novels is far darker and does not shrink from portraying the harsh realities of life in the Middle Ages. The first in the series, A Plague on Both Your Houses (1996) is set against the ravages of the Black Death and subsequent novels take much of their subject matter from the attempts of society to recover from this disaster. These novels bear the marks of much detailed research into medieval conditions - many of the supporting characters have names taken from the documentation of the time, referenced at the end of each book - and bring vividly to life the all-pervading squalor of living conditions in England during the Middle Ages. The deep-rooted and pervasive practice of traditional leechcraft as it contrasts with the dawning science of evidence-based medicine is a common bone of contention between Matthew and the students he teaches at Michaelhouse College (now part of Trinity College, Cambridge), whilst the conflict between the students of Cambridge and the townsfolk continually threatens to escalate into violence. Another series of books, set just after the Restoration of Charles II, features Thomas Chaloner, detective and former spy. This series began with A Conspiracy of Violence published in January 2006. Gregory's short story "To Dispose of an Abbot" was published in the 1998 anthology Past Poisons: An Ellis Peters Memorial Anthology of Historical Crime. (en)
  • Susanna Gregory è lo pseudonimo di Elizabeth Cruwys, docente universitaria a Cambridge, che in passato ha lavorato per la polizia inglese. Scrive romanzi polizieschi ed è conosciuta per la serie di gialli medievali incentrati sulle indagini di Matthew Bartholomew, docente di medicina e investigatore nella Cambridge della metà del XIV secolo. I suoi romanzi possono avere alcuni aspetti in comune con quelli scritti da Ellis Peters e incentrati sulla figura del monaco ed erborista benedettino Cadfael.Il primo romanzo della serie, I segreti di Cambridge (A Plague on Both Your Houses), pubblicato nel Regno Unito nel 1996 e in Italia a partire dal 2007, è ambientato durante la Peste Nera del 1348 e i successivi romanzi hanno come oggetto i tentativi di risollevare la società dai disastri provocati dalla grande epidemia di peste. I romanzi di Gregory analizzano dettagliatamente le condizioni di vita nel Medioevo in Inghilterra. Il protagonista, Matthew Bartholomew, insegna medicina presso il Michaelhouse College (che ora fa parte del Trinity College) e affronta lo studio dell'arte medica in maniera differente e nuova rispetto al tradizionale approccio dei suoi colleghi medici. A ciò va aggiunto che i conflitti tra gli studenti universitari e la popolazione di Cambridge molto spesso sfociano nella violenza e, quindi, si respira un clima alquanto cupo, segnato da cruenti omicidi che richiedono l'intervento del dottor Bartholomew per la soluzione degli enigmi. Susanna Gregory, oltre alla serie di Matthew Bartholomew, giunta al diciottesimo romanzo, a partire dal 2007 ha iniziato a pubblicare romanzi ambientati appena dopo la Restaurazione di Carlo II Stuart, alla metà del XVI secolo. Protagonista di questa nuova serie, ancora inedita in Italia, è Thomas Chaloner, investigatore ed ex spia, la cui prima indagine è intitolata in inglese A Conspiracy of Violence. (it)
  • Susanna Gregory (ur. 1958) – pseudonim artystyczny Elizabeth Cruwys (autorka używa również drugiego pseudonimu – Simon Beaufort), doktor filozofii i wykładowca Uniwersytetu w Cambridge. Dzięki swojej wcześniejszej pracy w policji doskonale zna tajniki pracy kryminalistycznej i problemy środowiska przestępczego. Te doświadczenia oraz znajomość historii i kultury średniowiecza z powodzeniem wykorzystuje w swojej pracy pisarskiej. Twórczość Autorki zalicza się do gatunku fikcji kryminalnej, akcja najczęściej osadzona jest w średniowiecznej Anglii. Wraz z innymi pisarzami swojego pokroju: Phillipem Goodenem, Michaelem Jecksem, Bernardem Knightem, Ianem Morsonem Tworzy grupę pisarską używającą wspólnego pseudonimu "Średniowieczni Mordercy" (ang. "The Medieval Murderers"). (pl)
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  • Susanna Gregory is the pseudonym of Elizabeth Cruwys, a Cambridge academic who was previously a coroner's officer. She writes detective fiction, and is noted for her series of mediaeval mysteries featuring Matthew Bartholomew, a teacher of medicine and investigator of murders in 14th-century Cambridge. Another series of books, set just after the Restoration of Charles II, features Thomas Chaloner, detective and former spy. This series began with A Conspiracy of Violence published in January 2006. (en)
  • Susanna Gregory è lo pseudonimo di Elizabeth Cruwys, docente universitaria a Cambridge, che in passato ha lavorato per la polizia inglese. Scrive romanzi polizieschi ed è conosciuta per la serie di gialli medievali incentrati sulle indagini di Matthew Bartholomew, docente di medicina e investigatore nella Cambridge della metà del XIV secolo. (it)
  • Susanna Gregory (ur. 1958) – pseudonim artystyczny Elizabeth Cruwys (autorka używa również drugiego pseudonimu – Simon Beaufort), doktor filozofii i wykładowca Uniwersytetu w Cambridge. Dzięki swojej wcześniejszej pracy w policji doskonale zna tajniki pracy kryminalistycznej i problemy środowiska przestępczego. Te doświadczenia oraz znajomość historii i kultury średniowiecza z powodzeniem wykorzystuje w swojej pracy pisarskiej. (pl)
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