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Fire and Sword by Louise Turner
Fire and Sword by Louise Turner
This is an excellent first novel describing late Medieval Scotland in the wake of the battle of Sauchieburn which saw the defeat and then murder of James III by forces fronted by his son James IV. It follows the fortune of John Sempill of Renfrewshire whose family supported James III and the fate of his family after the battle. The picture it gives of late Medieval Renfrewshire is fascinating, revealing a society in which violence was very much part of the picture and where the sword rather than law was the means of settling private disputes. The characterisation of the main characters is well drawn - these are people who come alive and who you can relate to. The description of John's… Read more
The First Blast of the Trumpet (The Knox Trilogy) by Marie Macpherson
This is a superb novel, the first in a trilogy about the great Reformer John Knox. Not an easy person to write about, this novel
gives a riveting picture of sixteenth century Scotland as well as describing the early life of John Knox and the processes
that transformed him from a Catholic priest into the great figure of the Protestant Reformation in Scotland. You get involved very quickly with both the period and the characters and John Knox emerges as a likeable though infinitely complicated personality.
I was left very much wanting to know more about his story and am really looking forward to the next instalment.
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
5.0 out of 5 stars Tudors, 9 Jun 2014
Absolutely superb book which brings alive the court of HenryVIII and also Tudor London. The story of Thomas Cromwell who got the divorce from Katherine of Aragon that Henry wanted so that he could marry Anne Boleyn. Cromwell then went on to close the monasteries. Wonderfully evocative.