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Pagan's Scribe (Pagan Chronicles) [Paperback]

Catherine Jinks
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11 April 2006 Pagan Chronicles (Book 4)
"Rich in authentic detail, humor, grief, and deep insight into the life of the mind as well as the heart, this makes a fitting close to a high-water mark in historical fiction." — KIRKUS REVIEWS (starred review)

Impressed by the bookish Isidore, Pagan Kidrouk — now Archdeacon of Carcassonne — hires the boy as his scribe. Eager to flee a cloistered existence, naive Isidore quickly discovers that the real world isn't all as the poets and philosophers claim. The year is 1209, and papal forcesfrom the north are driving their bloody crusade against the Cathar hereticsto Carcassonne. With the battle lines inching ever closer, the world ofFather Pagan, Lord Roland, and Roland's mysterious brother grows more real to Isidore — and more terrifying — by the day. The last of four books inan acclaimed series, PAGAN'S SCRIBE casts the worldly,wisecracking Pagan in an unexpected role as friend and mentor to a young soulin need.


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  • Paperback: 359 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA); Reprint edition (11 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763629731
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763629731
  • Product Dimensions: 19.5 x 13.3 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,155,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT 14 Aug 2010
By Mrs. A. M. Chadwick VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is the fourth and final book in the Pagan Chronicles by Catherine Jinks, and I wasn't disappointed.:-)

Pagan became a monk in the last book and he's now Father Pagan and is now the Archdeacon of Carcassonne, and he now has his own scribe called Julien but unfortunately the young man fell ill on their travels. Father Pagan has to leave Julien in the village of Merioc.

A new scribe is needed to accompany Father Pagan on the rest of his journey and due to Isidore being able to write and read in Latin, French, German and the Langue d'oc he's the ideal candidate to become Father Pagan's new scribe.

So their journey begins, Isidore was eager to leave the village of Merioc behind as he wasn't happy there, but he soon found out that the real world wasn't as poets and philosophers had claimed.

It's the early 13th Century and the papal forces from the north are sending their crusades against the Cathar heretics to Carcassonne. If these people won't convert then the soldiers are being sent to execute the entire population so Father Pagan wants to try and help them.

With the crusade moving ever closer Isidore realises that life is never going to be the same for any of them. Whilst on his travels with the Father he meets Lord Roland,(who is now Brother Roland) and his brother Lord Jordan, Isidore also finds out what an evil man Lord Jordan is compared to his brother.

I don't want to go into the story too much as I really don't want to spoil it for other readers. This book, just as the previous ones in the series is classed as a young adult book, but I'd say it's not for anyone that's 12yrs and under, mainly due to the language it uses and the actual story line.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another fine read 14 May 2006
By Hamstead VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Firstly I have to say I am astonished (having been in touch with the publisher) to learn that Harper Collins is not going to issue the novel in the UK in this edition. I had to buy my copy from the USA, but gladly did so as I was desperate to know what happened next.

What happened next is that Pagan and Roland become novice monks. Settling into the life is a bit of a trial, especially for Pagan. Roland is recovering from a broken heart and somewhat out of it, but when Pagan discovers rum goings on in the cloisters, the pair of them have to assess their situation and deal with their issues. Jinks never takes the easy way out. Cosy Cadfael this certainly ain't.

While this is a another superb read, the passages of Latin and rhetoric do slow the pace slightly and might not be to everyone's taste. I enjoyed them, but then I'm a Medieval buff. What an unspecialised reader would make of such things I don't know. Still, another great 5 star read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Satisfying ending to and M-Azing Series 18 Feb 2006
By MooShoo Pork - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I was a great lover of the first three Pagan books, and so I was overjoyed when I got my hands on this fourth one. It was all that I hoped for and more. This story takes place twenty years after "Pagan's Vows" and in it Pagan is the Archdeacon. Also, this book is told from the point of view of Isidore, a suspicious and bitter youth who is also deeply religious. As usual, the author manages to incorporate many themes including heresy, war.
The only bad thing about his story is that most of Pagan's wit and funnny, clever remarks are lost. The author attempts to recreate this intelligence in Isidore, but the effect just isn't the same,

This book is a real tearjerker, and I was up half the night after I finished reading just thinking about what I had just read. This story packs so many themes in one novel that the reader needs some time to digest all the information. I also particularly like the epilogue at the end. I'm still not sure that this story is true, but the epilogue certainly suggests it.

I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the Middle Ages, especially the Crusades. It makes much more sense if you have already read the three others. You cacn still read it without this knowledge but it is muchh more confusing, since many characters and themes are resurrected from Book Two. I recommend the series to anyone who likees to read, though there is some strong languages and a few themes that might not be appropriate for younger readers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still 5 stars, but I missed Pagan's sarcastic humour :-) 28 Jun 2005
By Laraine A. Barker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The enemy. When will they come? What will they do? What does an army look like, encamped around a city? I've read so much, but I just can't imagine it.

This final novel in the Pagan series is told by bookish and rather delicate Isadore, who leaves his home village, where books are so hard to come by, to become scribe to Pagan, now Archdeacon of Carcassone. Isadore can hardly believe so irreverent a man could attain such a high position in the Church. But he soon learns Pagan's worth, not to mention how dangerous the world outside his little village is, for this is 1209, the year in which Papal forces from the north begin their bloody crusade against the Cathar heretics, and the battle line quickly moves closer to Carcassone.

From the quote with which I start this review, it can be seen that Catherine Jinks doesn't abandon the spare writing style she used for Pagan's voice in the rest of the series. However, readers are left in no doubt that the narrator's character and personality are nothing like those of Pagan. While Isadore has many endearing qualities, most readers will find him less appealing than Pagan. I personally missed Pagan's sarcastic and humorous comments but still found this book as fast-paced and engrossing as the previous three.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A different but effective end. 1 May 2000
By Jessica Basso - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
"Pagan's Scribe" marks a departure from the other three Pagan books. The story is told this time from the perspective of Isadore, a bookworm scribe who is assigned to the company of Pagan, now an Archbishop. The action takes place many years after the events in "Pagan's Vows", and enables us to stand back and watch Pagan, Roland and the other characters from previous books with the critical eyes of Isadore who has no idea what they have been through. This is quite effective; we can appreciate the strength of Pagan and Roland's friendship objectively, which makes the *developments* (I will say no more!) all the more poignant for Isadore's unknowing. Though he has many endearing qualities, Isadore never wins the total support of the reader as a fully-fledged character, his often comical fear and prejudice less appealing than Pagan's smart-alec reluctance of his youth. The description and imagery of medieval life and fighting is as vivid as always, and the tone retains most of its element of humour, even if we are bereft of Pagan's sarcastic comments. The ending is abrupt but expected, and is dealt with delicately and simply as possible (which didn't stop this reveiwer from shedding a few tears!). This is the last installment of the series; it is hard to see Jinks carry on with Isadore, now that the Pagan-Roland theme is no longer possible. Those who have been with Pagan for all his adventures will enjoy the maturity he has achieved, and lament the ending that was inevitable.
5.0 out of 5 stars Pagan's Scribe 3 Feb 2005
By Titania - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Catherine Jinks has once again managed to turn out a magnificent piece of work. Although Pagan's Scribe is different from the previous three in its narration, it is still just as witty and intense as the rest of the Pagan Chronicles. In this book we see Pagan adopt a young boy and give him confidence and a positive role model, in the same way that Roland had with him. Although Isadore isn't quite as hilarious as Pagan, he manages to produce a very good story, and I look forward to seeing what Jinks will do in the next installment of the Chronicles.
5.0 out of 5 stars TOTALLY AWESOME 17 Nov 2004
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is only the last book in an amazing series that everyone should read!
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