Thurstan, a young Norman and would-be Knight at the Court of King Roger in Palermo, has been in love since boyhood with Lady Alicia, now returned a widow from the Holy Land. Thurstan soon finds himself caught in a tangle of plots.More
"A richly imagined novel of the Middle Ages, filled with questions of race, God and fidelity, from the Booker Prize-winning Unsworth." (Kirkus Reviews)
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Sol y Sombra or Sun and Shade
The twist in the story, although it was sign posted. It is about cultural difference and the impact of a changing balance of power. In this way its modern, but the story is slow and unconvincing. I was expecting more from the write up.
I think the end was a bit too contrived and wound up too quickly to be satisfying.
No one of these is enough. It served the purpose the author set for the story.
A fictional exploration of mixing cultures whereby the story suffers.
- Ms G. Lovell