The Clerkenwell Tales

The Clerkenwell Tales

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From a master historian -- a brilliantly original historical novel set in late-14th century London. "I am sister to the day and night. I am sister to the woods." Sister Clarisse, a nun in the House of St. Mary at Clerkenwell, experiences visions. She dreams of the English King. Are her prophesies the babblings of the crazed? Or can she "see" a future in which Henry Bolingbroke overthrows Richard II? This clever and colourful novel begins with The Nun's Tale, and continues with The Friar's Tale, The Merchant's Tale and The Clerk's Tale. Thus, story by story, Peter Ackroyd builds his portrait of medieval London. The people are disenchanted with the Church, with its wealth and corruption, its Pope in Rome and its Pope in Avignon. But heresy is dangerous -- almost as dangerous as rebellion. This is a novel about spies and counterspies, radicals and idealists, murderers and arsonists, sects and secret societies. It is a tale richly atmospheric and satisfying in its historical detail.
Publisher: New York : Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, 2004
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780385511216
0385511213
Branch Call Number: FICTION Ackroyd
Characteristics: viii, 213 p. ; 22 cm

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Mar 19, 2017

I had to stop by chapter 4. Written to emulate old English made this book unenjoyable and unreadable.

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