- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 559 KB
- Print Length: 231 pages
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00A683HK6
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #536,203 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Helm Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
For some unexplained reason the story takes place between 13th May 1300 and the spring of 1304 (yes, each chapter is date stamped) and the main characters of the story are Mary, an illiterate village girl in her mid-20s (her shepherd husband has just walked out on her after the birth of an unwanted daughter Yan) and Mona, an extremely old and mysterious woman who looks after the ill of the village. A witch? Yes, but fortunately far more benign than the ten Pendle witches executed at Lancaster Assizes 300 years later. See Mist Over Pendle.
I winced (several questionable double entendres and a number of juvenile attempts at humour caused a similar reaction) when:
1. Mona explains the phenomenon of the Helm wind to Mary (it's peculiar to a section of Cumbria's Eden Valley and has little to do with the underlying story) using the hydrodynamic model first developed by the meteorologist Gordon Manley 630 years later and confirmed by glider flights in 1939.
2. Mary and Mona visit the nearby Appleby Horse Fair twice between 1300 and 1304. The description is indistinguishable from the Fair that, at the beginning of June and a few miles from me, takes place each year - although the Appleby Fair wasn't established until King James II granted a Royal Charter in 1685.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was very disappointed with this book as I was given the impression the author knew about the Helm wind and the folk lore in the villages. Read morePublished on 17 April 2013 by Tractormandave
Thoroughly enjoyed reading The Helm and once I started I didn't want to put it down. Very interesting and a great read with something for everyone. Read morePublished on 1 April 2013 by Cris Brown
The Helm is a very good read, i didn't want the book to end,i was very disappointed when i realised i was on the last chapter, i look forward to the sequel to continue to watch... Read morePublished on 16 Mar. 2013 by Amazon Customer