Sunday, 28 July 2013

The heaven tree - Edith Pargeter


 

 
Since I loved Pillars of the Earth I thought I'd have a read of an earlier cathedral building book.The downside of a 1993 edition is that we appeared to be much more paper conscious so the print is dense and the book is small.
The upside of a 1993 edition is that we appeared to be much more paper conscious!
In the reign of King John I the class structure included serfs and lords of the manor with jurisdiction over them. Punishment could be swift, effective and cruel.
With all of the social awareness of Robin Hood helping the poor the hero of the book quickly gets himself into trouble with the local lord defying current rules.
A rather unlikely escape from the area sees the two main characters overseas plying their trade as masons.
Excellent descriptions of design techniques and workmanship throughout the book makes it a very atmospheric read even 20 years after first publication.

Publisher - Warner books

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