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Clerkenwell Tales, The

Paperback Published: 1st April 2004
ISBN: 9780749386306
Number Of Pages: 224

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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.

From the Hardcover edition.

Industry Reviews

"The Clerkenwell Tales is a truly extraordinary feat of historical imagination: a slim novel, straining at the seams with a sort of macabre relish, in which disgust and enthusiasm jostle" * Sunday Telegraph *
"Historical fiction of the utmost potency" * Daily Mail *
"A tour-de-force, full of rich imaginings and strange happenings. It is as finely wrought as an illuminated manuscript" * Scotsman *
"A brilliantly imagined thriller" * Guardian *
"Roars and leaps through the London streets with thrilling energy...the result is tremendous. Ackroyd is a wonderful guide and torchbearer, bringing light to the darkest corners of humanity" * Independent *

List of Characters
The Prioress's Talep. 1
The Friar's Talep. 14
The Merchant's Talep. 26
The Clerk's Talep. 35
The Canon's Yeoman's Talep. 47
The Franklin's Talep. 56
The Nun's Priest's Talep. 64
The Knight's Talep. 72
The Reeve's Talep. 77
The Physician's Talep. 87
The Monk's Talep. 97
The Manciple's Talep. 105
The Summoner's Talep. 113
The Miller's Talep. 121
The Wife of Bath's Talep. 132
The Cook's Talep. 146
The Squire's Talep. 155
The Man of Law's Talep. 164
The Pardoner's Talep. 176
The Shipman's Talep. 183
The Parson's Talep. 191
The Second Nun's Talep. 200
The Author's Talep. 207
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ISBN: 9780749386306
ISBN-10: 0749386304
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 1st April 2004
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.1  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.16
Edition Number: 1