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Yorkshire 1382 comes alive
on 2 December 2008
Yorkshire in 1382 comes alive in this well written, well researched book.
The tale is interesting, even gripping (there is murder, treachery, there are surprising twists in the story) and the book is a page-turner.
But this is a more ambitious book, which succeeds in conveying the atmosphere of the time and place through a never boring, very visual depiction of the sights (I especially liked the clothes), the scenery, the sounds, even the weather of medieval Yorkshire.
I have also learned, quite painlessly, a lot about the social history of the time, mainly, but not only, through the well rounded characters (my favourite is Roger de Hutton) and their life. We meet Normans, Saxons, powerful and powerless, rich and poor, and monks (the protagonist is a lively, strong Cistercian nun and the abbey of Meaux, in Yorkshire, is central to the story).
I took great pleasure in savouring the writing itself, the turn of phrase and the visual depiction.
I closed the book wishing for more and look forward to the next book in the series.