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The King's Achievement

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In "The King's Achievement, " Benson tells the story of a fictitious family during the time of King Henry VIII's dissolution of English monasteries. The brothers of the Torridon family make their way in the world -- the eldest, Ralph, in service to Cromwell and the youngest, Christopher, in service to God and the Catholic church as a monk in the Priory at Lewes. Their path ...more
Paperback, 360 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by Aegypan (first published 2001)
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Marsha Dale
Msgr. Benson writes this gripping novel set in England during the reign of Henry VIII. He examines such virtues as family devotion, piety, courage and loyalty in the setting of one of the most vicious persecution of Catholics in history. A wonderful book, and a free Kindle edition from Amazon.
Beautiful prose. Excellent establishment of characters. Good tension. One disappointment: ending not "full" enough. I found it a little confusing, and not sure I completely "got it".
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Robert Hugh Benson (18 November 1871 – 19 October 1914) was an Anglican pastor who joined the Roman Catholic Church (1903) where he was ordained priest in 1904. Youngest son of Edward White Benson (Archbishop of Canterbury) and his wife, Mary, and younger brother of Edward Frederic Benson, he was lauded in his own day as one of the leading figures in English literature, having written the notable ...more
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