Thursday, January 7, 2016

Tapestry by Christopher Largent

In 1035 AD, a lame boy named Cuin escapes an assassin’s attack at the Duke of Normandy’s castle and spends the next decade developing into Normandy’s emissary to Flanders, Denmark, Norway, and England.
Though his true identity remains a mystery, Cuin trains with a local warrior-turned-hermit and travels through Flanders and Denmark as an ambassador. Relentlessly pursued by an assassin, he is aided by powerful friends who are close to the kings of England and Norway.

When a false accusation forces him to escape to Iceland and then to North America, Cuin receives further instruction from both an Icelandic prophetess and a Mi'kmaq wise man. Finally able to return home, he uses his talents to help resolve political crises for Duke William of Normandy. But even as Cuin discovers the truth about his origins, the new King of England runs afoul of the Pope, who has Duke William in his power. A fight for supremacy seems imminent, and Cuin’s talents may not be enough to stop it.
Steeped in rich historical detail and meticulously crafted in the tone of the eleventh century,Tapestry looks behind the scenes at the history of the Battle of Hastings—and its elegant cover-up.

Review
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Tapestry is a novel set in 11th century England in the time of William the Conquerer. Richly researched, its subplot pertains to the making of the Bayeux Tapestry, an embroidered cloth depicting the events leading up to the Norman conquest of England that culminated in the Battle of Hastings. A portion of the tapestry is depicted in the cover. 

Author Christopher Largent brought this period to vivid life through wonderful characterization and intense research.  The tale he weaves had plenty of subplots with some unexpected twists, a sprinkling of humor here and there, and rich battle scenes that seemed all too real. For those passionate about this period in English history, this is not a book to pass up! Highly recommended.

Thank you to the author and publisher. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.