Credo Paperback – 20 Sep 2004
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A gripping saga of great passion ... sustained, impassioned and uplifting (The Times)
An absorbing epic ... as splendid a ripping yarn as any of the best classics (Daily Telegraph)
A gripping, deeply accomplished work (Evening Standard)
I loved it ... Bragg's stately, seething, passionate epic is several cuts above modern attempts at historical fiction (Literary Review)
A beguiling entry into a society strange, neglected, important, tragic in many of its triumphs (Spectator)
Wonderfully evocative, passionate and erudite ... No summary could do justice to a book of this erudition, romance and scope (Glasgow Herald)
The reissue of Melvyn Bragg's epic masterpiece - a dramatic and dazzling recreation of life in Britain during the Dark Ages, and the story of a young Irish princess who became a saintSee all Product Description
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It's quite a fascinating period in English history, and an important one in the story of Christianity, and Credo hits a satisfying balance between love story, adventure, and historical exploration. These were savage times, and Bragg doesn't gloss over the brutality. He doesn't dwell on it either, but sensitive readers should be warned that there are some genuinely horrible moments. My only real caution though is the length - at some 780 pages it takes some commitment to reach the end. But if you're a fan of epic novels and are willing to take your time, its a rewarding read.
It's a classical battle; between the Pagans and the Christians, and between the Christian Celts and the Christian Catholics, set in a violent and turbulent period of history.
What makes this book is such memorable characters: Bega, the devout christian, destined to become a saint; the pagan woman whom Bega so despises, yet who is so human, Bega's "man", who's love she is prepared to forgo to persue her love affair with God.
Read this book. It will change your outlook on life, love and religion. It is wonderful.
This epic work tells the fictionalised tale of Bega (latterly St Bega) and the torments she faced between choosing the man she loves and her calling to serve the Almighty. It's set during the Dark Ages in Ireland and England and Mr Bragg uses his superb talents to bring those brutal times vividly to life. The sights, smells and sounds of the events seem very real and I don't think I'll be the only person to find myself itching when reading the scenes set in Carlisle!
While the book does have some slow sections (especially where Bega is wrestling with her conscience) it has some superb moments where it fair rattles along. The battle scenes and times of conflict are brilliantly written if somewhat nerve-shredding. For example, there is a violent rape scene in the early chapters that, although brief, is one of the most jaw-dropping scenes I've ever read. Don't get me wrong, it's not there for gratuitous titilation but to highlight the brutality of the times and the status of women as possessions and will leave the reader feeling a bit rattled.
The finale is executed on a grand scale and provides a suitable climax to the action, while Bragg deftly ties up the loose ends with the other characters. The characters have depth and are flawed and virtuous at the same time, while the events of the times are brought magnificently to life.
I'd recommend this to anyone wanting a good read that will stretch you a bit. My only criticism is that it's a bit overlong in places but that doesn't happen too often.
Credo is different, it is effortlessly enjoyable and often exciting, but more importantly it leaves its readers with a satisfying feeling that they now understand a little more about the history of dark age Britain. Bragg achieves this partly by a fantastic level of research and partly by great character development that never takes the easy route of assuming they have 21st century morality and ideology.
Furthermore, this is a great way to learn about the philosophy of the early Christian church.
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I hoped this would be really good, given the ecstatic reviews. And indeed, there is a credible rendering of the atmosphere of a dim and misty time where new Christian attitudes... Read morePublished 22 days ago by Pelagius
A very long read but well worth it. The historical background gave an insight to life at the time and it was believable because of Melvin Bragg's expertise.Published 3 months ago by macbeth
Prompt delivery; excellent condition.
Long but well worth reading. Whose side will you be on?
I have tried to read this book twice and on neither occasion got beyond the first 250 pages (it is close to 800 in length). Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
I love this book. Probably one for Christians, and the early part of the book will probably irritate even then, but well worth reading.Published 9 months ago by Florabunda