The Abbot's Tale

The Abbot's Tale

A Novel

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In the year 937, the new king of England, a grandson of Alfred the Great, readies himself to go to war in the north. His dream of a united kingdom of all England will stand or fall on one field--on the passage of a single day. At his side is the priest Dunstan of Glastonbury, full of ambition and wit (perhaps enough to damn his soul). His talents will take him from the villages of Wessex to the royal court, to the hills of Rome--from exile to exaltation. Through Dunstan's vision, by his guiding hand, England will either come together as one great country or fall back into anarchy and misrule...From one of our finest historical writers, The Abbott's Tale is an intimate portrait of a priest and performer, a visionary, a traitor and confessor to kings--the man who can change the fate of England.--Dust jacket.
Publisher: New York : Pegasus Books, 2018
Edition: First Pegasus Books hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781681777306
Branch Call Number: IGGULDEN
Characteristics: 463 pages : map ; 24 cm


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May 12, 2018

If you like good historical fiction, you will enjoy Conn Iggulden's THE ABBOT'S TALE. Set in the 900s, it traces one man's personal journey from boyhood, to priesthood, to advisor of England's kings, to an old man given to mostly honest reflection on his great achievements and also his many sins along the way. It is both a personal journey of a high achieving, but flawed man and a historical journey through the times when England was struggling to forge and maintain itself as a united kingdom, with all that entails broadly and certainly in the context of the times and personalities that ruled then. I have enjoyed Iggulden's historical works for years. starting with his series on Genghis Khan and his descendants which were well done, but not yet up to the high standard of say a Bernard Cornwell. But as his work grew and led to his more recent series on the Wars of The Roses you could see that his craft was reaching maturity. Now with THE ABBOT'S TALE, he is clearly right up there with Cornwell. Great book, fun read and he does a great job of telling us at the end, what of the tale was real and where he had to fill in the blanks. It's a great story from which I also learned a lot.


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