Pilgrims (Hardback)Matthew Kneale (author)
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A riveting, masterfully plotted novel from the author of English Passengers, Pilgrims explores medieval life, shaped by religious laws as well as personal battles. With a fascinating cast of characters on a journey from England to Rome, Kneale fills his narrative with vivid historical detail and authenticity, while tapping into those aspects of human nature that remain unaltered by time.
1289. A rich farmer fears he'll go to hell for cheating his neighbours. His wife wants pilgrim badges to sew into her hat and show off at church. A poor, ragged villager is convinced his beloved cat is suffering in the fires of purgatory and must be rescued. A mother believes her son's dangerous illness is punishment for her own adultery and seeks forgiveness so he may be cured. A landlord is in trouble with the church after he punched an abbot on the nose. A sexually driven noblewoman seeks a divorce so she can marry her new young beau.
These are among a ragtag band of pilgrims that sets off on the tough and dangerous journey from England to Rome, where they hope all their troubles and their prayers will be answered. Some in the group, however, have their own secret reasons for going. Others, while they might aspire to piety, succumb all too often to the sins of the flesh.
A riveting, sweeping novel of medieval society and historic Englishness, Pilgrims illuminates the fallibility of humans, the absurdities and consolations of belief, and the very real violence at the heart of religious fervour.
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 573 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 33 mm
'An enthralling and wonderfully vivid novel from a master storyteller' - Joseph O'Connor
‘There’s a sly, humane comedy in the way Kneale ventriloquises both the stranglehold of religious law on daily life and thought and the endlessly inventive individual efforts to exploit and interpret it.' - The Guardian
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