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As fine as Pillars of the Earth and while physically a smaller novel with an intentionally smaller focus it embraces the same heroic moment Taylor s closely studied narrative offers us vividly painted portraits that take us into the heart of ife in a medieval English cathedral town But Taylor takes us somewhere else Hugh de Barham is a man attracted to men and therein ies all the difference in the world The romance novel was born in the Middle Ages although its early form was nothing ike what we know today Indeed the word for novel in French is roman or romance I was a French major in university Taylor s Hugh is an amazing character created to give us insight into different aspects of Just Try Me... life in post Conuest medieval England He is an artisan yet of gentle birth and mixed blood as were many skilled craftsmen in this time He has studied at university in Paris and thus has insight both into theanguage of both cloister and court Latin and French as well as an understanding of courtly behavior Hugh has no ambition other than to build churches but he can converse with bishops and peasants with eual comfort giving him a social fluidity uniue to his place in this world And Hugh is also familiar with the courtly iterary traditions and values of his time He knows what it is to feel ove but also what it is to be a man Within the framework of vast partly built cathedrals all based on actual places which I spent a Absolute Khushwant lot of time Googling as I read Hugh is a man who falls inove who yearns for The Day We Meet Again l This book gave me the same intense pleasure derived from historical sagas by Michener James A 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 whooves 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 Powder Room leaves hisandlord John Dollar 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 andeadership as head mason with his team of workers Rebooting India labourers and craftsmen A strongine up of characters are given ife by the author head foreman housekeeper boy apprentice church Dean conniving steward powerful churchmen ocal 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 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 Time After Time love from his own gender seemingly uite 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 foreigner who pursues Hugh single mindedlyThe story also provides much talk and discussion on the use of stone the technical detail and terminology associated with cathedral building is extensive and intriguing Contrasted with these are someovely passages describing the uiet The Cost of the Forbidden (Irresistible Russian Tycoons life and simple joys of dailyiving Drama tension and danger elements are brought into play when Hugh gets himself foolishly and unwittingly entangled within the power plays of church Her Unforgettable Royal Lover leadership canons arch deacons bishops deans etc The second half of the book deals with the fallout and aftermath of Hugh s impetuous act and the conseuences of having fallen foul of powerful men The author gives readers a wonderfully complex main character in Hugh driven fearful guilt ridden brave outspoken tentativeevel headed fair emotionally stunted I First to Fight love Hugh the master mason andikewise appreciate and adore the many vividly memorable secondary characters Arnaut Godric Alexander Medicus Osmund Rochilda Esther Richard even NicholasThis is a tale of a good man trying to redeem himself from his past mistakes and failures hoping to find safety and Backfire (Mountain Cove love and courageously making beautiful stone structures amidst a backdrop of political uncertainty and unrest religious game playing and avarice at a time when theives and fate of common folk rest in the hands of kings barons and churchmen Thank you Mr Taylor for a wonderful read I Catacomb look forward to of your writing And yet another excellent release from Manifold Press 425 stars from me for this historical work of fiction with a gay twist This reminded me so much of The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett which still remains one of my fave stories to this day I felt for poor Hugh of Barhamthere are several Hughs in this read obviously a popular name in the 12th century it can t have been good to have made enemies in the church despite their supposed pious and righteous nature I have to say I doike Jay Lewis Taylor s work Not sure how many of his stories are available but I still do have The Peacock s Eye to read. Down but building the church of his dreams is no way to do that and then there is Arnaut ’Occitan What does this stranger from Provence want with Hugh And can he or anyone be truste.
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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 ong as I can remember Gothic architecture has always fascinated me so I was bound to read Dance of StoneThis novel is a wonderful invitation to discover an outstanding cast of vibrant characters flawed and complex in other words all too human Their way of Dirty Secrets life is inine with nature and the seasons and we re able to share their everyday A Ranchers Vow (Sons of Silver Springs) (Sons of Silver Springs) (Harlequin Intrigue lives year after year but also to experience their joy and their suffering theirove and their sorrow their despair as well as their hopeThese are troubled times where uncertain allegiances make Jazz Funeral life difficult where scheming isn t unusual and where greed and pettiness are dangerousI simply fell irrevocably inove with Hugh and I found myself uite fond of Arnaut and so many of the other major and even minor characters By the end you know them intimatelyThe author has done a fantastic job here seamlessly weaving their story into the history of that time His use of The Doctors Pregnancy Surprise language is brilliant and his writing style a joy to readJay Lewis Taylor says in his bio that he s a thwarted medievalist with a strong arts background well it showsI can t recommend Dance of Stone enough Caveat I had the privilege of editing this book on behalf of Manifold Press so that may make me biased On the other hand as anyone with editing proofing or betaing experience would know if you can still whole heartedlyove a book after working through 98k words of it again and again then surely that means something goodThis is a terrific story fully immersed in the medieval world It is chock full of detail about how it must have been to Fearless (Warriors Of The Dragon Banner, live back then and yet the details never detract from the story which forges steadily on Indeed the details serve only to bring to vividife the characters and their worldYou will know Hugh mason inside and out by the time you re done At times you will know him better than he does himself The elements of his When Valentines Collide life assemble themselves around him at an early point but he doesn t always realise their true significance and he has aong road to travel before he does I His Temporary Cinderella loved him for being a good man at heart and stubborn too Stubborn isn t always attractive here it isHugh is joined by a trulyovely range of characters each brought to three dimensional The Middle Ages (The Story of the World life by Jay s masterly story telling They are all as vivid as Johanna s red hair as fascinating as Arnaut s tales and songs as real as Godric s heartfelt faithHugh is a stone mason and his often unsung task and vocation is to build cathedrals Even these days that would take years back then it took decades Ioved how Jay took a cue from that steady pace in telling the story It never feels slow there is always progress But the stately dance of stone is measured throughout yearsAn excellent book in short Recommended for anyone who enjoys historical fiction and for anyone else who d Booties And The Beast like to try it at its best Rich in historical detail this story will immerse you in medieval England Spanning about 10 years in theate 12th century this story follows the Dance and Cultural Diversity life of master mason Hugh de Barham against a backdrop of church politics On the personal side th ueer historical rather than romance as such though there is a strong central romantic element that rom readers willove Great on the details of daily Navigating Japan's Business Culture: A Practical Guide to Succeeding in the Japanese Market life in the medieval period and on stonemasonry and politics Particularly good on the amount of travelling people did and the mixing with other cultures and the sense of 12th century Britain as a total backwater Strongikeable hero although there is a rather uncomfortable element of his pining for an adolescent boy which may strike modern readers as offputting you need not pull out don t worry the eventual romance is a very satisfying one of euals 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 Pilgrim Snail 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 meets Arnaut Occitan a secretive stranger and is obviously very interested in Hugh but Hugh s affections are for someone else Godric who was his guide to Glastonbury and now An Unsafe Haven lives with Hugh as his servant Hugh is attracted to Godric and doesn t see the affections from Arnaut so we have your typical case of not seeing what is right under your nose Arnaut tries to win Hugh over but it is aong way and tough fight until Hugh eventually sees that his affections for Godric are completely Loving Lies (Summer Lovin, lost and is wasting his time Once heets Arnaut in then a romance develops that is Caught in His Gilded World loving and caring as much as it is frustrating and annoying Arnaut is most definitely the experienced sexually and with patien. Late twelfth century England a country of dividedoyalties while the Lionheart is on crusade Hugh de Barham master mason at Wells walks a dangerous path between Glastonbury and Wells.
Ce and time shows Hugh all the affection h This book is not an MM Romance It s a historical novel with a gay protagonist Hugh a master mason The book follows him for about 8 9 y 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 The Viscount The Virgin levelSuch vivid descriptions of sound and place helped build that relaxed and well defined atmosphereeading 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 Fantastic Stories of the Imagination February 2015 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 justike those of the church of which Hugh de Barham is eading construction Henry de Soilly who ike other men that he had met from Calvados in the past was all sweetness and apple blossom on the surface and tough as Normandy imestone under the skinHugh de Barham or Hugh mason is whose point of view from which this story is told It s his ife 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 Wellness, Not Weight 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 used to try and keep people inine 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 The Myth of Psychology losses and the joys the need to work and earn aiving 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 Modern Korean Literature let me not forget to mention the humor and the unapologetic passion Mmm hmm Hugh tipped forward bracing his arms hard against the cold stone Arnaut s kiss was hot and cold togetherips 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 Perfect loyal He seems to possess a bit of his own brand of mysticism Well ateast 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 Going Om 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 readike 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 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 forced upon you romance ove 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 upon 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 Jay Lewis Taylor s Dance of Stone is a powerful fascinating and beautifully crafted historical novel focused on nine years in the ife of Hugh de Barham a master mason who wants only to build great churches The date is 1192 during the Reign of Richard Lionheart and all over Christendom ambitious bishops are imagining fantastic structures to be built to the Glory of God and as testaments to their own earthly influence Hugh finds himself caught up in the power plays of these men and struggles to hold onto his integrity and his ivelihood Some of us know Ken Follett s Pillars of the Earth an epic novel set in medieval England during the building of a great cathedral It is a book that captivated my generation s imagination and was so well respected that it was used in medieval history courses Dance of Stone is every bit. 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.
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