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A Burnable Book

Author : Bruce Holsinger
ISBN : 9780062240347
Genre : Fiction
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In Chaucer's London, betrayal, murder, royal intrigue, mystery, and dangerous politics swirl around the existence of a prophetic book that foretells the deaths of England's kings. Bruce Holsinger's A Burnable Book is an irresistible historical thriller reminiscent of the classics An Instance of the Fingerpost, The Name of the Rose, and The Crimson Petal and the White. London, 1385. Surrounded by ruthless courtiers—including his powerful uncle, John of Gaunt, and Gaunt's artful mistress, Katherine Swynford—England's young, still untested king, Richard II, is in mortal peril, and the danger is only beginning. Songs are heard across London—catchy verses said to originate from an ancient book that prophesies the end of England's kings—and among the book's predictions is Richard's assassination. Only a few powerful men know that the cryptic lines derive from a "burnable book," a seditious work that threatens the stability of the realm. To find the manuscript, wily bureaucrat Geoffrey Chaucer turns to fellow poet John Gower, a professional trader in information with connections high and low. Gower discovers that the book and incriminating evidence about its author have fallen into the unwitting hands of innocents, who will be drawn into a labyrinthine conspiracy that reaches from the king's court to London's slums and stews—and potentially implicates his own son. 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. Medieval scholar Bruce Holsinger draws on his vast knowledge of the period to add colorful, authentic detail—on everything from poetry and bookbinding to court intrigues and brothels—to this highly entertaining and brilliantly constructed epic literary mystery that brings medieval England gloriously to life.
Category: Fiction

A Burnable Book Free Sampler

Author : Bruce Holsinger
ISBN : 9780007577255
Genre : Fiction
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TRY A FREE SAMPLE OF THIS STUNNING DEBUT HISTORICAL THRILLER. Set in the turbulent 14th Century, this is perfect for fans of CJ Sansom, The Name of the Rose and An Instance of the Fingerpost.
Category: Fiction

Medieval Crime Fiction

Author : Anne McKendry
ISBN : 9781476666716
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Combining elements of medievalism, the historical novel and the detective narrative, medieval crime fiction capitalizes upon the appeal of all three—the most famous examples being Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose (one of the best-selling books ever published) and Ellis Peters’ endearing Brother Cadfael series. Hundreds of other novels and series fill out the genre, in settings ranging from the so-called Celtic Enlightenment in seventh-century Ireland to the ruthless Inquisition in fourteenth-century France to the mean streets of medieval London. The detectives are an eclectic group, including weary ex-crusaders, former Knights Templar, enterprising monks and nuns, and historical poets such as Geoffrey Chaucer. This book investigates the enduring popularity of the largely unexamined genre and explores its social, cultural and political contexts.
Category: Literary Criticism

Founding Feminisms In Medieval Studies

Author : Laine E. Doggett
ISBN : 9781843844273
Genre : Civilization, Medieval
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Essays using feminist approaches to offer fresh insights into aspects of the texts and the material culture of the middle ages.
Category: Civilization, Medieval

The Invention Of Fire

Author : Bruce Holsinger
ISBN : 9780062356475
Genre : Fiction
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The author of the acclaimed medieval mystery A Burnable Book once again brings fourteenth-century London alive in all its color and detail in this riveting thriller featuring medieval poet and fixer John Gower—a twisty tale rife with intrigue, danger mystery, and murder. Though he is one of England’s most acclaimed intellectuals, John Gower is no stranger to London’s wretched slums and dark corners, and he knows how to trade on the secrets of the kingdom’s most powerful men. When the bodies of sixteen unknown men are found in a privy, the Sheriff of London seeks Gower’s help. The men’s wounds—ragged holes created by an unknown object—are unlike anything the sheriff’s men have ever seen. Tossed into the sewer, the bodies were meant to be found. Gower believes the men may have been used in an experiment—a test for a fearsome new war weapon his informants call the “handgonne,” claiming it will be the “future of death” if its design can be perfected. Propelled by questions of his own, Gower turns to courtier and civil servant Geoffrey Chaucer, who is working on some poems about pilgrims that Gower finds rather vulgar. Chaucer thinks he just may know who commissioned this new weapon, an extremely valuable piece of information that some will pay a high price for—and others will kill to conceal. . .
Category: Fiction

The Routledge Research Companion To John Gower

Author : Ana Saez-Hidalgo
ISBN : 9781317043027
Genre : Literary Criticism
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The Routledge Research Companion to John Gower reviews the most current scholarship on the late medieval poet and opens doors purposefully to research areas of the future. It is divided into three parts. The first part, "Working theories: medieval and modern," is devoted to the main theoretical aspects that frame Gower’s work, ranging from his use of medieval law, rhetoric, theology, and religious attitudes, to approaches incorporating gender and queer studies. The second part, "Things and places: material cultures," examines the cultural locations of the author, not only from geographical and political perspectives, or in scientific and economic context, but also in the transmission of his poetry through the materiality of the text and its reception. "Polyvocality: text and language," the third part, focuses on Gower’s trilingualism, his approach to history, and narratological and intertextual aspects of his works. The Routledge Research Companion to John Gower is an essential resource for scholars and students of Gower and of Middle English literature, history, and culture generally.
Category: Literary Criticism

Myth Metaphor And Science

Author : Alan Wall
ISBN : 1905929730
Genre : Creative writing
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This book explores the way in which language is used in fiction, poetry and science. It examines the role of metaphor in structuring our thought, and questions any simplistic notion of creativity. There is an enquiry into the significance of myth for the modern writer. Why do our earliest narratives return to haunt us at the end of history? The final essays ask what it means to attempt scientific descriptions of reality in words. Can language here ever be anything more than a clumsy approximation of mathematics. The book ends with a paper written jointly by the particle physicist Goronwy Tudor Jones and Alan Wall, exploring the meaning of complementarity in modern physics, by describing in detail the double-slit experiment.
Category: Creative writing

The Tapestry

Author : Nancy Bilyeau
ISBN : 9781476756394
Genre : Fiction
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The next page-turner in the award-winning Joanna Stafford series takes place in the heart of the Tudor court, as she risks everything to defy the most powerful men of her era. Henry VIII's Palace of Whitehall is the last place on earth Joanna Stafford wants to be. But a summons from the king cannot be refused. After her priory was destroyed, Joanna, a young Dominican novice, vowed to live a quiet life, weaving tapestries and shunning dangerous conspiracies. That all changes when the king takes an interest in her tapestry talent. With a ruthless monarch tiring of his fourth wife and amoral noblemen driven by hidden agendas, Joanna becomes entangled in Tudor court politics. Her close friend, Catherine Howard. is rumored to be the king's mistress, and Joanna is determined to protect her from becoming the king's next wife—and victim. All the while, Joanna tries to understand her feelings for the two men in her life: the constable who tried to save her and the friar she can't forget. In a world of royal banquets, jousts, sea voyages and Tower Hill executions, Joanna must finally choose her future: nun or wife, spy or subject, rebel or courtier. The Tapestry is the final book in a Tudor trilogy that began in 2012 with The Crown, an Oprah magazine pick. Don't miss the adventures of one of the most unforgettable heroines in historical fiction.
Category: Fiction

A Burnable Town

Author : Philip Davison
ISBN : 0224071173
Genre : Fiction
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Harry Fielding is close to cracking up, but that's his business. He has been hiding out in Spain, but now Clements, his controller, is calling him home. He is to be rewarded for his loyalty and his presence of mind in an MI5 operation that saw himself and Johnny Weeks, his former apprentice, catastrophically betrayed. With a heavy heart Harry takes up a dubious post as Clements' personal assistant. Harry is to be rehabilitated. He begins to think like a spy again. He doesn't like it any more than he likes the new brooms and cocky 'characters' he encounters in the corridors of power. He waits in his empty office for the unspecified brief, with little to do but reflect on the final break with his estranged wife, Juno, and his affair with his Spanish lover, Catalina. In the domain of deception and misplaced attentions, brooding over loved ones is dangerous. Then news comes that Johnny Weeks has surfaced and is looking for revenge. Against Harry's better judgement they join forces - and the fearless Johnny becomes both a friend and a catalyst for Harry's rebellion. As he turns against the wheels of the MI5 machine, and begins to employ the techniques he has always abhorred, life for Harry Fielding - the misfit with integrity - becomes a deadly business indeed.
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