Jay Lewis Taylor: Dance of Stone



Full 45 beautiful star reviewage on Prism Book AllianceFrom page one I was able to settle in and get comfy for this read Why is that The writing It has a very relaxed vibe creating a just as relaxed tone and atmosphere no rushing just taking its time in telling me the storyThe characters are mature people with senses of humor filled with warm wry natures Happiness and sarcasm go hand in hand By the middle of chapter three character development was at an obviously high levelSuch vivid descriptions of sound and place helped build that relaxed and well defined atmosphere leading me fully into the world of 12th century England Food could become scarce in a heartbeat No one assumes everyone may have extra or even enough for all seated at the table Often times surnames are still those of the person s profession like John carver or James scribeCan we say history gasm I think sooooo Politics are alive and well enemies are sometimes bullishly obvious and sometimes hidden in dark corners just like those of the church of which Hugh de Barham is leading construction Henry de Soilly who like other men that he had met from Calvados in the past was all sweetness and apple blossom on the surface and tough as Normandy limestone nder the skinHugh de Barham or Hugh mason is whose point of view from which this story is told It s his life his struggles and demons his successes and passions He s intelligent feels deeply has a healthy sense of right and wrong but also isn t averse to doing what s necessary to get something doneThere s an interesting mix of confidence and the role of religion and its mysticism as an institution that many of the characters possess Religion is a part of their everyday lives but in of a practical sense instead of all fire and brimstone and corresponding condemnation On the flip side arrest prison and fines were Her Brooding Italian Surgeon used to try and keep people in line with the teachings of a church that was already widespread in its influence even in small villages and townsOne of the greatest things about this book is that even though it takes place than 800 years ago most of what these characters go through the relationships the losses and the joys the need to work and earn a living even with those who make your stomach turn everything is relatable The emotions are the same no matter the century The smooth confident writing style fit this story wonderfullyOh and let me not forget to mention the humor and thenapologetic passion Mmm hmm. Late twelfth century England a country of divided loyalties while the Lionheart is on crusade Hugh de Barham master mason at Wells walks a dangerous path between Glastonbury and Wells.

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Hugh tipped forward bracing his arms hard against the cold stone Arnaut s kiss was hot and cold together lips chilled by the cold air in the room the mouth warm and inviting withinI mean c mon who hasn t felt that before Who can t feel that now as you read itOh and who is Arnaut you ask Talk about a patient man He s also clever capable and very loyal He seems to possess a bit of his own brand of mysticism Well at least Hugh feels that way and I agree with himThe detail is delicious Complete without being overbearing The descriptions of clothing and not just how it looks but how it feels and of color of household items of stones cool to the touch spring green trees on May Day I relished it all The setting the plot and the characters read like a much accessible and dare I say enjoyable story similar in type to that of Follett s PillarsThe supporting characters are all important filling out the conversations and towns playing their part in completely immersing me in this bookA couple event felt repetitious but I also wasn t all that The Venetians Mistress upset to spend time in this bookBeautiful editing of this confident prose and realistic every day characters gave me a wholly satisfying trip back to the time of the Crusades an explosion in the building of churches and significant societal changes in many an arenaThis is fiction at its finest with elements of the family you make the choices sometimes forcedpon you romance love heartache and joy the struggle to do right and survive the pain You are a man with enemies that you don t deserve That says it all whether 12th or 21st century So much senseless suffering forced pon some people by their fellow human beings We need to make the stars bright and within grasp for everyoneHugh and Arnaut may you find your future Rich in historical detail this story will immerse you in medieval England Spanning about 10 years in the late 12th century this story follows the life of master mason Hugh de Barham against a backdrop of church politics On the personal side there are two love interests Godric and Arnaut Although there are a few truly nasty characters I like that most of the characters are not so black and white As with Mr Taylor s other work I would say that this is historical fiction first with the romance being secondary If you like historical fiction set in the medieval period definitely give this one a try This book gave me the same intense pleasure derived from historical sagas by Michener James As the two vie for supremacy a path made dangerous still by the fact that Hugh if he could would share his bed not with women but with menThe only way to stay safe is to keep his head.

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And Edward Rutherford and Dance Of Stone shares many dramatic elements with Ken Follett s The Pillars of the Earth It will appeal to anyone who loves medieval historicalsHugh de Barham aka Hugh Mason is ambitious he s got the artisan skills the hard won training the good eye and inspired vision to bring splendid architectural splendour from masonry The book draws a strong character growth arc for Hugh starting from a bold move to take over as head mason of a cathedral rebuilding at the town of Wells He leaves his landlord lover with some regret but is driven by his opportunity to make his name and mark in the worldThe first half of the book is focused on Hugh s establishing his credentials and leadership as head mason with his team of workers labourers and craftsmen A strong line p of characters are given life by the author head foreman housekeeper boy apprentice church Dean conniving steward powerful churchmen local baronetcy even English royalty this is the time of the crusader King Richard the Lionheart and his brother John the LandlessAmidst the struggle to find The Soldiers Mission (Secret Agent Series, uality stone and juggling the finances to pay his workers Hugh battles his inner demons haunted in his dreams and waking hours by tragic deaths and murder which he was helpless to prevent Our hero is well aware of his desire to give and receive love from his own gender seeminglyite resolved emotionally and theologically about being a sodomite no great big coming out angst here folks He does get romantically torn between two men the object of his affection an archetypal Galahad figure and a feisty sexy fo A wide sweeping historical epic that will take you back to the days of stone masons cathedral builders religion and church politics This book is not for the faint hearted beautifully written full of historical details spans several years as we follow the life of HughHugh de Barham is Master Mason at Wells Cathedral and if anyone has ever visited Wells or any other European cathedral it is truly astounding what they managed to build in this day and age with no modern technology to help them Hugh is struggling with his sexuality or I should say he knows exactly what he is and prefers but in this time not a good idea to advertise the fact Hugh is travelling to Wells and on his travels Saint Andrew s Cathedral Wells Somerset England John Simlett 2012Merveilleux What a fabulous tale and what a great storytellerThe Middle Ages is one of my favorite eras and as long. Down but building the church of his dreams is no way to do that and then there is Arnaut l’Occitan What does this stranger from Provence want with Hugh And can he or anyone be truste.

I grew up in southern England but now live in Somerset within an hour’s drive of the villages where two of my great great great grandparents were born I have worked in an eclectic range of libraries over the years but am in fact a thwarted medievalist with a strong arts background I have been writing fiction for over thirty years exploring the lives of people who are on the margins in one way