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review 2013-11-03 16:50
Cud u Świętego Brunona - Philippa Carr
Zdarza się, że słyszymy, bądź też nawet spotykamy na swojej drodze ludzi, którzy uparcie wierzą, iż zostali wybrani do spełnienia jakichś wyższych celów. Ludzie ci niejednokrotnie są przekonani, że zostali posłani na Ziemię przez samego Boga i stanowią jego narzędzie w walce ze Złem. Generalnie trudno jest nam uwierzyć w autentyczność takich przekonań i bardzo często mamy rację, twierdząc, że ta „nawiedzona” osoba jest niepoczytalna albo kieruje nią zwyczajny religijny fanatyzm. Takich ludzi dzisiejszy świat utożsamia głównie z epoką średniowiecza, która charakteryzowała się zacofaniem i prymitywizmem niemalże na każdej płaszczyźnie życia społecznego. Choć tamte czasy minęły bezpowrotnie, to jednak od czasu do czasu możemy usłyszeć o „cudach”, które tak naprawdę z rzeczywistymi cudami nie mają nic wspólnego. Ten temat bardzo często poruszany jest też w literaturze.
 
Cofnijmy się zatem do epoki wczesnego angielskiego renesansu. Jest rok 1522. W opactwie pod wezwaniem Świętego Brunona dochodzi do niecodziennego wydarzenia. W noc Bożego Narodzenia duchowny, który temu opactwu przewodzi, odnajduje w kaplicy Najświętszej Marii Panny noworodka. W miejscu, gdzie do tej pory symbolicznie kładziono figurkę maleńkiego Jezusa, jest żywe dziecko! Jego zdumienie jest niewyobrażalne. Pierwsze, co przychodzi mu na myśl, to powtórka z historii. Przecież już raz w wigilijną noc miało miejsce podobne wydarzenie! Tamto rozegrało się w dalekim Betlejem. Czyżby i tym razem narodził się Mesjasz? Kiedy mija pierwszy szok, opat zabiera dziecko do klasztoru i od tej pory bracia zakonni będą się nim opiekować. Ponieważ jest to chłopiec, zakonnicy nadają mu imię „Brunon” od imienia ich patrona.

 

 



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review 2013-10-22 17:00
The Lion Triumphant by Philippa Carr
The Lion Triumphant - Philippa Carr

From Goodreads: Catharine, smarting from the bitter blow which deprived her of her lover, meets the lusty sea Captain Jake Pennlyon, who makes it clear that he allows nothing to come between him and his desires. Catharine is the chief of these and the battle between two strong-willed and tempestuous people is fought out in the shadow of the growing rivalry between Spain and England.

 

Catharine delights in outwitting the man who would subdue her and before he can have his way a mysterious abduction takes place. A captive on a Spanish galleon, Catharine experiences the terrors of the sea and makes the acquaintance of the mysterious and dignified Don Felipe. In the Hacienda she discovers the reason for her capture and what is demanded of her, which bears out the fact that Jake Pennlyon is a man whose life is inextricably interwoven with her own.

 

Dear Diary: Catharine Kingsman, the only child of Bruno and Damask Kingsman. Heartbroken after learning she can never marry the man she loves, Catharine is in Devon, visiting her adopted sister Honey Ennis at Trewynd Grange.

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review 2013-10-09 11:00
The Miracle at St. Bruno's by Philippa Carr
The Miracle at St. Bruno's - Philippa Carr

From Goodreads: "I was born in the September of 1523, nine months after the monks had discovered the child in the crib on that Christmas morning. My birth was, my father used to say, another miracle: He was not young at the time being forty years of age. . .My mother, whose great pleasure was tending her gardens, called me Damask, after the rose which Dr. Linacre, the King's physician, had brought into England that year."

 

Thus begins the story narrated by Damask Farland, daughter of a well-to-do lawyer whose considerable lands adjoin those of St. Bruno's Abbey. It is a story of a life inextricably enmashed with that of Bruno, the mysterious child found on the abbey altar that Christmas morning and raised by the monks to become a man at once handsome and saintly, but also brooding and ominous, tortured by the secret of his origin which looms ever more menacingly over the huge abbey he comes to dominate.

 

Dear Diary: Damask Farland, the only child of lawyer William Farland and his second wife, Dulce. Her father wanted her to be educated and so she had tutors. Damask is very close to her father and he confides in her his worries about the way things are heading with King Henry and the church.

 

This day in history: My notes from an earlier re-read are filled with important dates in Henry's, Edward's, and Mary's reigns. The book spans from 1522 to 1558. Damask was born in September 1523 and is ten years older than Elizabeth I.

 

How history played a part: Damask's father was a lot like Sir Thomas More -- initially intended to be a monk and left that life to have a family, though still strong in his faith. Henry's split with Rome and proclaiming himself head of the church upsets Lawyer Farland and his household, which is next to St. Bruno's Abbey. Damask and her family suffer through the political and religious changes each reign brings.

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review 2012-05-11 00:00
Knave of Hearts - Philippa Carr;Victoria Holt How anyone can make the French Revolution boring is beyond me, but trust Carr/Plaidy to do it.
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review 2012-05-08 00:00
The Witch from the Sea
The Witch from the Sea - Philippa Carr;Victoria Holt;Jean Plaidy Read By: Marie McCarthyGenre: Historical FictionPublisher: ISIS Audio BooksSeries: Daughters of EnglandSeries No: 03Abridged: NoThe Third book in the Daughters of England Seriesblurb - Although somewhat formulaic, these books still have the power to keep the reader turning the pages. This one is set in Elizabethan England and tells the story of a young woman, Linnet Pennlyon, who is on the brink of becoming betrothed to one man, only to find herself forced to marry another, the rakish Colum Casvellyn, when circumstances intervene to change her fate. Her passionate relationship with her husband changes over time, when Linnet discovers some secrets about her husband that she would have been better off not knowing. Moreover, when a stunningly beautiful stranger is cast upon the shores of the their castle, Linnet's life is never again the same. It is then left to her daughter, Tamsyn, to set to right what once went wrong.
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