The False Ambassador (Dedalus Original Fiction in Paperback) Paperback – 8 Jan 2001
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Beginning in 1428, this tale recreates a medieval world on the cusp of civilization. Fifteen-year-old Thomas is sent by his father to be a soldier with the English army, and we are soon taken from savage encounters in France to Rome and Constantinople with murder and pillage along the way.
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Through the adventures of Thomas Deerham- an exicting 'road trip' from Britain to Constantinople- ending up in Rome. This is by no means a 'gay' story. Any reference to homosexuality is merely incidental and such books should be better categorized or described by Amazon. This matter could give the book an undue disadvantage.
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The first 2/3 following narrator Thomas Deerham - a page of an English nobleman in the 100 Years War - from the siege of Orleans where his master dies, to his induction in the ranks of a mercenary company and then later accompanying the noted humanist (and future Pope) Picollomini on a diplomatic mission followed by his return home - are excellent; great picaresque hero/action though in a darker and grimmer mode than the usual such, pitch perfect atmosphere and all that I expected from the book; sadly after that the book starts jumping all around and while we follow the same narrator, the coherence is lost and while the images (shipwreck, Morea, Constantinople, slavery...) are vivid they just do not really add up to a whole.
Only at the end the novel regains some unity and the ending is pretty good so I plan to pickup Mappamundi soon