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Cuthbert of Farne: A novel of Northumbria’s warrior saint

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What made a young Anglo-Saxon warrior lay down his sword and enter a monastery? Why would he turn his back on wealth and position – and women? Seventh-century England is a time of war and religious divisions that threaten to split the Church. As a reconciler and peace-maker he is much loved by those around him, and his antagonist, the powerful Bishop Wilfrid, respects him. ...more
Paperback, 300 pages
Published March 20th 2019 by Sacristy Press
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Kate Vane
May 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Cuthbert of Farne is a novel based on the life of Cuthbert, the seventh-century saint, covering the key events of his life – his decision to take orders, his progression in the church, the political and religious conflicts of the time, and his decision to live as a hermit on the remote island of Inner Farne. It is a kind of companion volume to The Song of Hild and has a similarly branded cover – although it is written by a different author and has quite a different approach to the story.

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Melisende
Tiernan's novel follows the story of Cuthbert fairly closely and is interspersed with stories of the Northumbrian royal family as well as Cuthbert's rival, Wilfred, and of the holy abbess and royal virgin Elfleda, the daughter of Oswiu of Northumbria, who succeeded St Hilda as abbess of Whitby (680). For those readers unfamiliar with Anglo-Saxon history, this may be a challenge - it was a period of intense political and religious turmoil. I myself found it a bit confusing as the author decided t ...more
Linda Ellis
Picking this up I knew nothing about Cuthbert beyond the name, and knew only a little about the period.

The novel opens with Cuthbert as a youth, preparing for and going to his first battle. He is disgusted by the beheading of the opposing king and leaves the campaign. That is the end of the “warrior” part of the subtitle. He becomes a monk and then almost disappears for a major part of the novel.

The narrative focuses very much on the female characters - the queen, her daughters, and daughter-in
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Patricia Coleman
Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was absolutely absorbed by this book and I loved it! I knew nothing about St. Cuthbert but I now want to have his babies!
Seriously, I think Katharine Tiernan is an excellent historical storyteller, successfully weaving together fact and compelling narrative, with some beautiful descriptive passages, and I really believed in and cared about her principal characters. As one of Alan Bennett's characters says "Books are not about passing the time. They are about other lives, other worlds." This bo
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Karin Jenkins
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An excellent historical novel based on Bede’s life of St Cuthbert and other documents about the times. The novel form enables the author to use her imagination to get inside the fairly scanty known facts.
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