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
1681777304
Branch Call Number: FIC IGGULDE 2018
Characteristics: 463 pages : map ; 24 cm

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Jun 05, 2018

Loved Conn Iggulden's series on Rome and his Ghengis Khan series. The Abbot's Tale was middling for me. He makes Dunstan come across very self-serving and greedy--abusing just about everyone close to him under pretense of the church. Set in Anglo-Saxon England, serving the grandsons of Alfred the Great, he overcomes obstacles early in life and then gives himself great tasks--building Glastonbury Cathedral, visiting Rome, becoming the Archbishop of Canterbury, but underneath it all, he comes across self-serving, egotistical, duplicitous and greedy. Quick read if you like historical fiction, but I enjoyed Conn's other books more.

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