Friday, May 22, 2015

A Burnable Book

By: Bruce Holsinger
Location: FIC HOL
Genre: Historical Fiction


 Prof. Holsinger  is professor for an excellent class entitled "Plagues, Witches and War: The Worlds of Historical Fiction." I want to go to that class! What an awesome combination.
Now for a confession- I am a fan of Wills and Kate, George and Charlotte, these guys are great role models, they are able to discern  how society needs them to be and have reacted, I think genuinely , to that. They are genuine, sincere and have managed to carve there own groove in a world of  entrenched structure. I want William to be King, and I hope the monarchy survives so he has a shot because I reckon he will reinvent it to be relevant and give an opportunity for that position to have reputable voice in how society is caring for itself. Wills and Kate can do this and I think they will. So long as the prophecy does not come true!
Political intrigue! Machinations! Powers struggling for the British Crown! All set in the reign of Richard II.
In Chaucer’s London, betrayal, murder and intrigue swirl around the existence of a prophetic book that foretells the deaths of England’s kings. 
The story starts with the murder of a young woman and the theft of a ancient book that contains accurate prophecies of the deaths of England's kings -- and one about the current monarch, Richard II. Poets John Gower and Geoffrey Chaucer are working on finding the book ... as is half of England's gentry, because the Duke of Lancaster is implicated in the plot.

And who happens to find the book? A whore named Agnes, who witnesses the murder of the young woman. She tells her friend, a transvestite prostitute called Eleanor, about it...
As the intrigue deepens, it becomes clear that Gower, a man with secrets of his own, may be the last hope to save a king from a terrible fate.

Highly recommended for fans of medieval literature and anyone looking for a cracking-good read.

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