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The Oblate's Confession (Hardcover)

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$25.99
ISBN:
9780990460800
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Weight:
33.0 Ounces


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Author:
William Peak
Format:
6" x 9" Hardcover
Page Count:
404

Product Description

The Dark Ages, England: a warrior gives his son to a monastery that rides the border between two rival Anglo-Saxon kingdoms. Growing up in a land wracked by war and plague, the child learns of the oath that binds him to the church and forces a cruel choice upon him. To love one father, he must betray another. The decision he makes shatters his world and haunts him forever. This quietly exotic novel places us compellingly in another time, another place, where chieftains fear holy men, holy men fear the world, and prayer has the primal force of fire. While entirely a work of fiction, the novel's background is historically accurate. In the midst of a tale that touches the human in all of us, readers will find themselves treated to a history of the Dark Ages unlike anything available today outside of textbooks and original source material.

"In Peak's understated but entirely spellbinding debut novel, Winwaed's warrior father, Ceolwulf, gives him...to the monastery at Redestone, near the border between two warring kingdoms in 7th century Northumbria.... With a sure hand and a formidable amount of research, Peak brings to life the day-to-day realities of the monastery, its food and drink, its dress, and its duties tied to the seasons.... A vividly realized story of one boy's attempt to live a life of faith in a time of war."
                                                            ─  Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

 

"From the Benedictine monks and their world to a young oblate's struggles to live in different realities, The Oblate's Confession more than succeeds in recreating the Dark Ages in all their facets. Not since Rosemary Sutcliff's historical prowess has such a strong sense of the times succeeded in drawing this reader into a powerful historical saga."
                                                  ─ D. Donovan, MBR Bookwatch, October, 2014


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