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Gaston de Blondeville

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King Henry III is holding court at Kenilworth. Festivities abound, wine flows copiously, and spirits are high as the King and his subjects prepare to celebrate the nuptials of Sir Gaston de Blondeville. But the joyous mood is interrupted when a merchant, Hugh Woodreeve, comes distraught before the King to demand justice. His kinsman, he claims, was murdered, by the very ma ...more
Paperback, 300 pages
Published April 17th 2006 by Valancourt Books (first published 1826)
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Radcliffe's final novel, never published in her lifetime. (The editor suggests that - conscious of its allegedly radical/reform political subtext - Radcliffe kept it to herself to prevent public fuss; I side with the contemporary reviewer who considers it a fun literary experiment exercised mainly for her own amusement. )

Gaston is Ann's attempt at a 'false document' Gothic, and is deliberately written in a fairytale-like cod-medieval style - which actually works, most of the time (as with any se
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Helen
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
The main plot is moving and interesting. However, I dont like digressions and this book is full of them. The author takes time to describe feasts and rituals in such a detailed way that she takes the feelings the main plot evokes away. In any case, it is Radcliffes only posthumous work and when she wrote it, she didnt plan to have it published. ...more
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Ann Radcliffe was an English author, a pioneer of the gothic novel.

Radcliffe was born Ann Ward, her father, William, was a haberdasher, who moved the family to Bath to manage a china shop in 1772. Her mother was Ann Oates of Chesterfield. Radcliffe occasionally lived with her Uncle, Thomas Bentley, in Chelsea, who was in partnership with a fellow Unitarian, Josiah Wedgwood, maker of the famous Wed
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