The Clerkenwell Tales

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Nan A. Talese, Doubleday, 2003 - Fiction - 213 pages
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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.

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Loved Hawksmoor but just couldn't get into this. A re-reading is in order I feel. Read full review

Review: The Clerkenwell Tales

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Loved Hawksmoor but just couldn't get into this. A re-reading is in order I feel. Read full review

Contents

The Friars Tale
14
The Clerks Tale
35
The Franklins Tale
56
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Peter Ackroyd lives in London. He is the author of biographies of Dickens, Blake and Thomas More and of the bestselling London: The Biography. His most recent book is Albion: The Origins of the English Imagination.

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