Review in 5 – The Tale of the Tailor and the Three Dead Kings by Dan Jones

Today’s my final December mini-review before Christmas. As a reminder, I’ve spent the past month writing reviews for 2021 releases. Today I’m reviewing The Tale of the Tailor and the Three Dead Kings by Dan Jones. Released in ‘mini’ hardback on 14th October 2021.


A chilling medieval ghost story, retold by bestselling historian Dan Jones. Published in a beautiful small-format hardback, perfect as a Halloween read or a Christmas gift.

One winter, in the dark days of King Richard II, a tailor was riding home on the road from Gilling to Ampleforth. It was dank, wet and gloomy; he couldn’t wait to get home and sit in front of a blazing fire.

Then, out of nowhere, the tailor is knocked off his horse by a raven, who then transforms into a hideous dog, his mouth writhing with its own innards. The dog issues the tailor with a warning: he must go to a priest and ask for absolution and return to the road, or else there will be consequences…

First recorded in the early fifteenth century by an unknown monk, The Tale of the Tailor and the Three Dead Kings was transcribed from the Latin by the great medievalist M.R. James in 1922. Building on that tradition, now bestselling historian Dan Jones retells this medieval ghost story in crisp and creepy prose.

Star Rating3.5 Stars

Review in 5

  • A mini / quick read.
  • Perfect for spooky season!
  • A fab ghost story!
  • With interesting history surrounding it, which has now led me to research more into the collection of ghost stories…
  • This book may be short but packs a punch, perfect for spooky nights.


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