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Cathedral by Ben Hopkins
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A beautifully written and ambitious novel that on one level chronicles the construction of the cathedral in the Germany city of Hagenburg but, on another, presents the lives of Hagenburg's people through the 13th century, a time of unrest, war, river piracy, heresy and suspicion. We meet the masons, the merchants, the local churchmen and nobles, the mystics, the soldiers, the Jews, their wives and children, their husbands and lovers. It's engrossing and compelling, especially during the first two thirds of the novel. I did find it a dark and troubling read (this is not an 'easy' period of history) but it is a memorable one. Review to follow shortly on For Winter Nights.
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January 21, 2021 – Started Reading
January 21, 2021 – Shelved
January 25, 2021 –
page 418
January 25, 2021 – Finished Reading
January 26, 2021 – Shelved as: favourites-read-in-2021
January 26, 2021 – Shelved as: out-in-2021-and-read

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