The Golden Bell (Paperback)
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The Golden Bell (Paperback)

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Paperback 304 Pages
Published: 08/09/2022
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Arriving in Cordoba as a young man in 1088 to learn medicine, Yehuda Halevi is enchanted by a world in which Muslim, Jewish and Christian courtiers share poetry and philosophy in their elegant gardens. Here he falls in love with Deborah, the spirited daughter of his host. In this turbulent world, however, Yehuda also encounters invasions and pirates, book burnings and bandits.

Driven by conflict to move from city to city, Yehuda and Deborah are often parted - but always in the hope that they will one day return together to Cordoba. As Yehuda's fame grows as a poet and as a philosopher, his writings become increasingly mystical but also increasingly restless, for he yearns to travel to the holy city of Jerusalem. In 1140, as an old man, he must finally decide whether to stay with his family or begin the perilous voyage towards Egypt and Crusader Jerusalem...

In this beautifully evocative story, Robert L. Stone transports the reader to twelfth-century Andalucia as he traces the extraordinary life of a man determined to devote himself - and his exceptional talent - to a greater truth.

Publisher: Whitefox Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 9781915036537
Number of pages: 304
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 17 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

‘It was a truly demanding ambition to follow the life of a great poet from his youth through to his old age against the rich, often turbulent background of the complex intellectual, religious and political history of life in 12th Century Andalusia and the wider Mediterranean arena. Yet while pursuing its narrative as a love-story and a quest for wholeness, the novel is filled with impressive scholarship and, more importantly, it is rich in insights founded in the various wisdom traditions.’ Lindsay Clarke (author The Chymical Wedding, The Troy Quartet); ‘The Golden Bell consistently paints word-pictures of people and places not just knowledgeable but insightful and revealing; always faithful to the historical facts, the story evidences the possibility of mutually enriching coexistence between the three Abrahamic faiths; and where history is silent – about the lives of Halevi’s wife and daughter – Robert Stone portrays women as contributing equally to thought and life.’ Rabbi Tony Bayfield, author of Beyond the Dysfunctional Family: Jews, Christians and Muslims in Dialogue

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“An interesting and unusual story”

This is an incredibly interesting and unusual story which follows the life of the 12th century poet Yehuda Halevi in such a way as to draw the reader into the life and times at the start of what could have been an era... More

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“A great story for lovers of history and philosophy”

This beautifully written story of the great Jewish poet and philosopher Yehuda ben Shmuel haLevi explores the life of a man determined to devote himself to a higher plane, and this is reflected in the philosophical... More

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