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Book Title: Knight's Acre|
The author of the book: Norah Lofts
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 853 KB
Date of issue: January 1st 1975
ISBN 13: 9780385035514
Read full description of the books Knight's Acre:This is quite unlike some of her other "house" books, as it is #1 in a trilogy that follows this family as much as the dwelling built at the beginning of this book. #2 and #3 I will read in sequence. These I read decades ago, but they are worth the reread.
This is not the usual characteristic Lofts deep characterizations either, IMHO. NOT that the main protagonists are shallow or flat, but that their actions do surmount the word copy of their core wishes, desires, personality, etc. In fact, in this book so much happens and at such a wide scale that it is rather an "epic" read.
Sir Godrey Tallboys and his wife Lady Sybilla, this is their incredible saga. He is a Knight in the last years of that cultural surrounding and institution. Much is in flux and the times of the Civil disputes (War of the Roses) is imminent.
If I tell you any more about the plot, it would be spoilers.
Suffice it to understand this. This particular Lofts reflects OUR era in myriad of history repeating itself. Sir Godrey is within the Spanish fight with Islam. And the culture clash of nearly a decade's length is a large part of the story. There is as much in Moorish surroundings here than is centered in England at Knight's Acre.
We have an intense and dramatic beginning here. And plague is also raging.
Cannot wait to get #2 The Homecoming. #3 is Lonely Furrow.
This is Norah Lofts at her best for the periods before the Tudors. Serfdom in England is breaking up, as Knight's Acre is being built on land across the stream from 10 freeholdings started by individuals given "leave" to depart from their Lord's dominion. And given scarce in size but trivial and unwanted land near Layer Woods to clear.
The particulars of providing foodstuffs, spices, clothing, animal husbandry, and many other cloth or leather by-products from this period are exceptionally well done in this book. The usual excellent Norah Lofts reality of the mid-15th century.
Read information about the authorAlso published using the pseudonyms Juliet Astley and Peter Curtis
Norah Lofts, née Norah Robinson, (27 August 1904–10 September 1983) was a 20th century best-selling British author. She wrote over fifty books specialising in historical fiction, but she also wrote non-fiction and short stories. Many of her novels, including her Suffolk Trilogy, follow the history of a specific house and the residents that lived in it.
Lofts was born in Shipdham, Norfolk in England. She also wrote under the pen names Peter Curtis and Juliet Astley. Norah Lofts chose to release her murder-mystery novels under the pen name Peter Curtis because she did not want the readers of her historic fiction to pick up a murder-mystery novel and expect classic Norah Lofts historical fiction. However, the murders still show characteristic Norah Lofts elements. Most of her historical novels fall into two general categories: biographical novels about queens, among them Anne Boleyn, Isabella of Castile, and Catherine of Aragon; and novels set in East Anglia centered around the fictitious town of Baildon (patterned largely on Bury St. Edmunds). Her creation of this fictitious area of England is reminiscent of Thomas Hardy's creation of "Wessex"; and her use of recurring characters such that the protagonist of one novel appears as a secondary character in others is even more reminiscent of William Faulkner's work set in "Yoknapatawpha County," Mississippi. Norah Lofts' work set in East Anglia in the 1930s and 1940s shows great concern with the very poor in society and their inability to change their conditions. Her approach suggests an interest in the social reformism that became a feature of British post-war society.
Several of her novels were turned into films. Jassy was filmed as Jassy (1947) starring Margaret Lockwood and Dennis Price. You're Best Alone was filmed as Guilt is My Shadow (1950). The Devil's Own (also known as The Little Wax Doll and Catch As Catch Can) was filmed as The Witches (1966). The film 7 Women was directed by John Ford and based on the story Chinese Finale by Norah Lofts.
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