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The Scribe [Kindle Edition]

Antonio Garrido , Simon Bruni
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.



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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: 1604 KB
  • Print Length: 571 pages
  • Publisher: AmazonCrossingEnglish (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: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #59,271 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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21 of 22 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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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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5 of 5 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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5 of 5 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Damsel in distress in medieval southern Germany 28 July 2014
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Set in the Bavarian town of Wuerzburg in the middle ages, I was a little disappointed by the fact I could not discover any real land marks, excepy neighbouring towns. It tells quite a good story about a young woman, who finds herself on the run fom the authorities, is deceived in love and mixed up in church business. If this period appeals to you, than you will enjoy it as it gives a good sense of living conditions of the haves and not haves and the power as well as the hypocrisies of the Church.
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11 of 12 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
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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful 21 May 2014
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I am currently slogging through the last 15% of this book (yes I am counting and not in a good way) simply because I hate to leave a book unfinished. There has obviously been a good deal of research done and there are some interesting facts in there but not worth the effort of reading through the haystack to find the odd needle ! I don't know if it's a translation , that would maybe explain the schoolboy level of English but not excuse the ridiculous plot and some very odd ideas - an amputee who is up and running (literally) within 24 hours in a time when operations were carried out without anaesthetic or basic hygiene ? twins old enough to take singing lessons who still have a wet nurse who is a spinster ?
I won't go on, it's my own fault for being seduced by 500 pages at daily deal price! Classic case of getting what you pay for !!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars A difficult read
Too much arcane information about the troubles between secular and religious powers. The characters seemed sketchy and sometimes unbelievably drawn
Published 1 month ago by Ann G
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
moving Mediaeval tale of intrigue and corruption
Published 1 month ago by Uhtred
5.0 out of 5 stars Cliff hanging storyline
Excellent storyline, just when you think everything will be revealed, up pops another twist. The detail in the life of medieval religious politics gives a real feel for what people... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jackson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story if a little too long and the ending ...
Good story if a little too long and the ending is predictable. There are an unusual number of phrases in Latin and I waited for some insight into Charlemagne'thoughts The story has... Read more
Published 1 month ago by robert
3.0 out of 5 stars The scribe
I found this book hard going at times. The story line was good, although complicated.
I found the characters and style of writing difficult to get into and this may have been... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lorna
5.0 out of 5 stars The scribe
Fantastic read, couldn't put it down. An exquisite balance of intrigue, historical facts and story telling. I would highly recommend this book.
Published 3 months ago by Fiona K. Nunn
2.0 out of 5 stars Poorly Written Narration
Set in a fascinating time in history this could have been an engrossing novel. However, the writing is poor: it brushes over events, giving just brief descriptions, whether of... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kublai
5.0 out of 5 stars Another good read
I read this book after reading the Corpse Reader by the same author. Again this book had a fast, steady plot with unexpected twists and outcomes. Read more
Published 4 months ago by TDB
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother
I have to admit I persevered with this book, but gave up before the end. It is either poorly written or poorly translated (or both), but I've read better stories by schoolchildren. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Pengwern
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
poorly writen
Published 5 months ago by mrs c webb
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