The Ramsay Scallop
The year is 1299. Fourteen year-old Elenor reluctanly awaits the return of her betrothed a man she hardly knows from the Crusade. Thomas, broken and disillusioned from years of fighting, finds the very idea of marriage and lordship overwhelming. So When the village priest sends them on religious pilgrimage before the marriage, both are relieved. The journey means a pos...more
The book's title refers to the Scallop which may be worn by pilgrims who have completed their journey to the cathedral of St. James of Campostella in Spain--a symbol of their successful spiritual (and obviously physical) achievement.
THE RAMSAY SCALLOP provides an excellent introduction to medieval history and mentality, in both sacred and secular areas. Scattered throughout the chaste love story we uncover segments of the phenonmenon called Pilgrimage--whic...more
Fourteen-year-old Elinor, an orphan, is promised to Sir Thomas hen he returns from the Crusades. She fears death in childbirth, as it came to her mother, but she can’t hope Thomas will die in battle, because then his mean father will marry her. Despite Elinor’s hopes that Thomas will stay away a long time, he returns. Father Gregory sees that the soldiers who return with Thomas...more
The village priest decides to send this reluctant pair on a journey to far away Spain, to the shrine of S...more
It did have its funny moments. The dialog was was witty, and the characters were well developed.
The best way to describe it is by saying that is was charming. Told kind of like a fairy tale, yet not unrealistic. Also, it was very well written.
One would think, by any description of this book, that it would be bor...more
stories within the story. Her characters are uniformly likeable, their adventures jog along at a steady pace, and with minor exceptions,
her research about life in the 13th/14th century is good. Am I damning h...more
I read it first from the library, and was horrified and yet delighted to find it in the next book sale. Horrified, that no one else should read it, and delighted, because I was going to purchase it for the reasonable price of a quarter.