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The Master of Bruges Paperback – 7 Jan 2011

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Reprints edition (7 Jan. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230744133
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230744134
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 181,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A stunning debut, a novel of people rather than place . . . excels in vivid characterization, sparkling dialogue and a savagely cynical worldliness. . . . An intelligent and exciting new voice in historical fiction." --"Lancashire Evening Post"

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History is a matter of perspective . . .

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul T. on 25 Jun. 2015
Format: Paperback
This is a fascinating look into the life of an artist in fifteenth century Europe. Not just art, either, for the main character and narrator rub shoulders with (and paints portraits of) some of the most important people of his day. Inevitably, he is caught up in the great events that surround them.

Hans Memling was a real person, as were many of the other characters, and many of the events occurred as well. The author has achieved such a smooth blend between fiction and fact that it would take an expert in the period to separate them out.

The writing is well paced throughout, though the narrative does seem to lose direction at times. To me, it seemed to lack a clear thread throughout. Instead, it followed several: Hans' progression from journeyman to master painter, his impossible love for the Count's daughter, and his friendship with Ned and Dick, two English refugees who, as it happened, both became English Kings! Each one interesting in their own right, but with tenuous connections between them, and between one thread finishing and another starting the story meanders.

I would also have liked more physical description of places. The people, the rooms, the art - all those are clear enough, but there's no mental picture created of Bruges in the fourteen hundreds. The twist at the end is a surprise, but the fact that that thread was finished in an early part of the book and has not been revisited for several chapters made it feel a little contrived and out of place.

Overall, though, an interesting and well written narrative, worth reading in spite of its shortcomings. The portrayal of Richard the Third, so different from Shakespeare's picture of him, is especially good!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ann Weisgarber on 29 Jan. 2010
Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed this well-written novel about Hans Memling, a 15th-century artist. This fast-paced story gives an inside look at the heart and mind of a painter who was often commissioned to paint portraits of nobility. Memling was an observer of people and of history and yet, this novel is much more than a recount of events. It is the story of what an artist must do to keep his clients happy.

The voice of the narrator is crisp, and I was drawn into the drama of the times. I highly recommend this book and look forward to the next Terence Morgan novel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Kathleen N Harris on 25 Aug. 2013
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This book combines a biography of Memling with advice, supposedly from him, on painting, and,more surprisingly, with a very interesting take on the history of the British monarchy of the time. A fascinating read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ken on 23 Jan. 2013
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Bought this to read while having a break in Bruges. It added to my enjoyment of the art in the city, and is an easy, readable holiday book
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Simj on 20 Aug. 2013
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Intrigueing, I loved every page of it and did not want to put it down to sleep! Well worth reading.
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By Ros Mattner on 26 April 2015
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Package had been wet but book is in good condition, thankfully.
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bookwoman on 5 April 2012
Format: Paperback
I like historical novels and I was quite enjoying this one about the 15th century Flemish artist Hans Memling - even though it was all a bit superficial and unlikely, and the lectures on art were getting tiresome - until the entry of two mysterious Yorkist refugees from England in 1470, Ned and Dick 'Plant'. Surely not, I thought.
Unfortunately, yes it was - none other than Edward IV and his brother Richard of Gloucester.
There follows a plot twist so ridiculous that I'm embarrassed to repeat it: basically, to protect his son and any future heirs should he die young, Edward makes Richard promise to use an old rumour to declare him (and therefore his children) illegitimate, and take over as king. Then, when Edward's son is fully grown and ready to rule, Richard would reveal the deception, give up his 'temporary job' and hand the throne back to his nephew. All with the cheerful assent of parliament and the many warring factions of 15th century England, of course - what could possibly go wrong?
Now, a certain amount of artistic licence is positively encouraged in historical fiction, and there are as many different interpretations of how and why Richard III seized the throne as there are books, but this one is so far from what could ever have happened as to make it nonsensical. I won't bore you with a list of the reasons, or with the many minor plot points which are almost as ludicrous.
'History is a matter of perspective' says the tagline on the cover - have I missed something? Is it meant to be a comedy or a fantasy?
Whatever: I managed to get to the end, but I have to admit that I only skimmed through the second half of the book in disbelief.
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