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The Scribe [Kindle Edition]

Antonio Garrido , Simon Bruni
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)

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The year is 799, and King Charlemagne awaits coronation as the Holy Roman emperor. But in the town of Würzburg, the young, willful Theresa dreams only of following in the footsteps of her scholarly father—a quiet man who taught her the forbidden pleasures of reading and writing. Though it was unthinkable for a medieval woman to pursue a career as a craftsperson, headstrong Theresa convinces the parchment-makers’ guild to test her. If she passes, it means access to her beloved manuscripts and nothing less than true independence. But as she treats the skins before an audience of jeering workmen, unimaginable tragedy strikes—tearing apart Theresa’s family and setting in motion a cascade of mysteries that Theresa must solve if she hopes to stay alive and save her family.

A fugitive in the wilderness, Theresa is forced to rely on her bravery, her uncommon education, and the compassion of strangers. When she encounters Alcuin of York, a wise and influential monk with close ties to Charlemagne, she believes her luck might have finally changed. But the biggest secret lies between Charlemagne and her father. Theresa moves ever closer to the truth, bent on reuniting with her beloved father, only to discover that her family’s troubles are inextricably entwined with nothing less than the fate of an empire.

About the Author

A native of Spain, a former educator, and an industrial engi­neer, Antonio Garrido has received acclaim for the darkly compelling storytelling and nuanced historical details that shape his novels. Each is a reflection of the author’s years of research into cultural, social, legal, and political aspects of ancient life. His work has been translated into eighteen languages, and he is the winner of the Zaragoza International Prize for best historical novel. The Scribe is his second publication in English. Garrido cur­rently resides in Valencia, Spain.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1282 KB
  • Print Length: 571 pages
  • Publisher: AmazonCrossing (17 Dec 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E1Q55QI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,349 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very well written. 7 Jan 2014
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Could not put it down, had many twists and turns.Look forward to reading more of Antonio's books.W.ould recommend to my friends
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling 3 Jan 2014
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A novel with fascinating characters set in a time of great change, violence and wonder the main character Teresa moves through the story and brings to light much that was good and bad. I would recommend this novel to anyone seeking a good read.
Well researched and delivered by a good storyteller
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Feisty girl and an ascetic priest 21 Jan 2014
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This novel is a translation from the author's native Spanish, but it is very well done and the language flows naturally. Theresa was born in Byzantium and her father taught her to read and write in various languages, all of which she learnt so well that she could follow in her father's footsteps as a scholastic scribe. The priest Alcuin of York had met her father, encouraged him to join him in Germany and they work on a secret document, which becomes the centre of a diplomatic row of historical significance. Theresa's talents cause resentment in her town and this finally leads to a devastating fire, death and mayhem. Theresa runs away, meets and falls in love with her rescuer who is not all he first seems; lodges with a tart with a heart of gold and goes to the abbey to seek help for her injured lover. Thus she becomes embroiled in Alcuin's schemes due to her literary skills, not realising that he had been working with her father. Garrido the author provides a great deal of scene-setting by using Alcuin's ecclesiastical status to explain the historical and political background to the action. At times the reader sympathises with Theresa who clearly loses interest in his monologues! I enjoyed this story as the characters, especially Theresa, are well-drawn and believable; the countryside and living conditions of the people are detailed, describing the appalling weather and the prolonged famine. The importance of the document gradually becomes clear as Alcuin has to investigate the murders and crimes that start piling up. I'd recommend the reader to see the author's notes at the end of the story as the process of creating the novel is also interesting.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding 4 Jan 2014
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This is a book that at times seems quite complex. However the characters are superbly written and one has an empathy with some of them. However some get their just deserts and the writer is dramatic and expressive. This is a book that will hold the reader to the very end. I will look out for more of this Author.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good read 10 Jan 2014
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New to writing reviews for books, this one spurred me into action. Having heard about the original Spanish version I was looking forward to the translation. Not being able to read Spanish I cant compare directly but it definitely appears to have worked on this occasion. Enjoyed and recommend.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An unusual story 4 Jan 2014
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An interesting story with two plots running side-by-side - the scribe and his daughter. Some tension and conflicting events. It came to a satisfacory conclusion without it "all ending happily".
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars best read for a while 10 Jan 2014
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If you enjoyed Pillars of the Earth then you will enjoy this! Full of intrigue and set in an fascinating era of history. An excellent read.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!!!!!!! 9 Jan 2014
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I wonder if this book was edited down or up ( in hindsight ) It matters not a jot the end product is par excellence a damn good absorbing read, of an era, and subject so little written about!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent idea for a story, but disappointingly executed
Excellent idea for a story, but disappointingly executed. Perhaps it lost a lot in translation. I understand this is the author's first book. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Shoo
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Sorry I got board halfway through the book
Published 1 day ago by glinbo
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Excellent read.
Published 6 days ago by Jeff
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A good read but far fetched at times
Published 16 days ago by nia davies
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good story and great vslue
Published 18 days ago by Dragon1964
3.0 out of 5 stars I found the writing style somewhat clunky. Some sections ...
I found the writing style somewhat clunky. Some sections read very well, but others seemed disjointed and hurried. Read more
Published 21 days ago by C. Broad
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good.
First book that I have read by AntonionGarrido. Very well writen and, although disssimiar to other authors i read regularly, didn't take long to understand his style of writing
Published 27 days ago by Andy Gibbs
5.0 out of 5 stars The Scribe
Excellent story lots of research went into this really grasps the feeling of the time. A real entertaining page turner.
Published 29 days ago by Mrs Margaret Oldham
5.0 out of 5 stars Great historical thriller
If you like a good historical novel and you also enjoy the twists and turns of a detective thriller, then this is the book for you. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Fruityman
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Story
The book was well written and quite a good read. the characters where really interesting and the story was quite engaging
Published 1 month ago by roberta Burton
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