In the year 1588, Queen Elizabeth of England was assassinated. As a result, when the Spanish Armada attacked, England went down defeated, changing the history of Europe and the New World as we know it.Now, in the Twentieth Century, the Church of Rome reigns supreme over a world of pastoral... show more
In the year 1588, Queen Elizabeth of England was assassinated. As a result, when the Spanish Armada attacked, England went down defeated, changing the history of Europe and the New World as we know it.Now, in the Twentieth Century, the Church of Rome reigns supreme over a world of pastoral beauty, while technology is held back to the level of the steam locomotive and the primitive radio. Yet science cannot be suppressed forever, and its advocates are becoming more daring as each year passes. A revolution is building—one that will rock the foundations of an empire. An acknowledged classic of alternate history fiction, Pavane will continue to inspire writers and readers for generations . . .
Publish date: February 27th 2001
Publisher: Del Rey Books
Pages no: 288
Edition language: English
I found this deadly dull and gave up after 79 pages of descriptions about cables and something (endless) about pistons.... There's always the risk that page 80 will prove to be the deal-maker, of course...; but WTF...(My reading of SF continues to turn up what is for me, at least, one disaster after...
A group of somewhat vaguely connected stories set in contemporary Dorset, only not as we know it because England is a mere vassel state of Rome (along with the rest of the world). Dominated and repressed by the Catholic church, many freedoms restricted, scientific progress retarded, linguistically a...
Some random highlights from this rather fine parallel world novel:- Semaphore stations can operate in full duplex mode, carrying messages simultaneously in both directions.- When issuing an ultimatum, it's unwise to stand directly in front of a loaded cannon.- Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition.