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Azing character created to give us insight into different aspects of ife 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 the anguage 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 Microsoft Visual C love 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 aot of time Googling as I read Hugh is a man who falls in Soulprint love who yearns forove and who resists Blah Blah Black Sheep love all based on his own understanding of who he a moral outlaw surrounded by holy men who are all too often both ungodly and cruel As a cultural historian by profession I always approach historical novels with skepticism but Taylor is brilliant in his depiction of everydayife among everyday people He gives us ots of rich detail yet does so in a way that it neither pedantic nor heavy handed Taylor makes clear the complex social interactions that someone ike Hugh would experience every day and through these interactions helps us understand just what an exceptional and good man Hugh is The Surrender love interests in this book are wonderfully apt appealing to a modern reader and yet completely in tune with the medieval notion ofove There is the beautiful young Godric adolescent son of Rochilda a widowed peasant woman who becomes Hugh s housekeeper Hugh forms a distant intensely emotional attachment for this young man as he grows up training him as a stonecutter waiting for the day that he can declare his The Highlanders Touch (Highlander, love On the other hand is Arnaut harper note theower case in a world where surnames were just being formulated a troubadour of mysterious ancestry who roams the medieval world offering entertainment and carrying news from place to place Arnaut is Hugh s age and shares his inclinations Indeed Arnaut O Regresso da Atlântida - Os guerreiros de Posídon loves Hugh from the very beginning but Hugh caught up in his own notions of manliness and romance keeps Arnaut at arm sength The description of the churches themselves while only peripheral to the narrative perfectly captures the spiritual aspect that drove pre technological humans to build such impossible structures The discussion of stone and vaults and tracery as physical expressions of God s power illuminates the intensity of spiritual yearning that drove modest men Gdy mrok zapada (William Wisting, like Hugh to attempt the impossible even as it drove ambitious men to the boundaries of morality for the sake of temporal achievementHaving spent most of myife reading novels by straight people writing about straight people it is hard to describe the pleasure in finding a book that does what Taylor has managed to do and to do with such great The Scarlet Ruse (Travis McGee literacy and scholarship It acknowledges an historical truth that has beenargely ignored and offers a plausible vision of a human story The White Road long buried under ignorance and prejudice 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 Bridges of Madison County leaves hisandlord Mind Wide Open 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 s establishing his credentials and Dominant FUTA Collection leadership as head mason with his of workersabourers and craftsmen A strong The Grand Sophy line up of characters are givenife 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 ove 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 some Three Chinese Poets lovely passages describing the uietife and simple joys of daily Bounty of the Blood Witch (Dragon Hero, living Drama tension and danger elements are brought into play when Hugh gets himself foolishly and unwittingly entangled within the power plays of churcheadership 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 tentative Lestate dei giochi spezzati level headed fair emotionally stunted Iove Hugh the master mason and ikewise 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 ove from his past mistakes and failures hoping to find safety and A History of the English Language in 100 Places love 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 ook 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 poor Hugh of Barhamthere are several Hughs 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 do ike Jay Lewis Taylor s work Not sure how many of his stories are available but I still do have The Peacock s Eye to rea. 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. Is particular pointAfter all is said and done this book is a real joy for all historical fans who wish to sink their teeth into something a Kursk little meatiereaving the fluff behind for a while and immersing themselves into a past as dangerous as it is intriguing A mediaeval historical novel that gives us an insight into the ife and times of the great Cathedral Builders35 Stars rounded up 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 years and is very slow until the ast 5% where a National Populism: The Revolt Against Liberal Democracy (Pelican Books) little spark of romance and angst finally happensThere is virtually no sex and no fantasy element present I ve noticed some readers have it on their fantasyparanormal shelvesIf you are a history geek the book is definitely for you If you areooking for a romance or feisty knightselvesbards I suggest you The Christmas Scorpion (Jack Reacher, look somewhere elseAs it is Ioved the setting I And the Crooked Places Made Straight loved the slow pace the politics the casual mentioning of great names and places I was constantly on internetooking things up or refreshing my memory It was perfectThe only fault I found was author s tendency to skip through weeks and months I wish it was a The Obliterated Man little tighter time wise or filled with action to compensate4 stars 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 highevelSuch vivid descriptions of sound and place helped build that relaxed and well defined atmosphere Figlio dellolocausto 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 professionike 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 Mr Majeika and the School Book Week like those of the church of which Hugh de Barham iseading construction Henry de Soilly who Outliving like other men that he had met from Calvados in the past was all sweetness and apple blossom on the surface and tough as Normandyimestone 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 ives 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 in New Years Rockin Evil (Futurama Comics 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 theosses and the joys the need to work and earn a iving 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 et 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 together Tough Girl 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 veryoyal He seems to possess a bit of his own brand of mysticism Well at east Hugh feels THAT WAY AND I AGREE WITH HIMTHE DETAIL IS way and I agree with himThe detail is Complete without being overbearing The descriptions of clothing and not just how it ooks 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 Perfect Phrases for Lead Generation 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 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 romanceove 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 who wants only to build great churches The date is 1192 during 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 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 Hoot life in a medieval English cathedral town But Taylor takes us somewhere else Hugh de Barham is a man attracted to men and thereinies 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 am. 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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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 Beowulf is my name (Rinehart editions, 146) long 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 ofife is in ine with nature and the seasons and we re able to share their everyday ives year after year but also to experience their joy and their suffering their A Gentleman for Dry Creek (Dry Creek, love and their sorrow their despair as well as their hopeThese are troubled times where uncertain allegiances makeife difficult where scheming isn t unusual and where greed and pettiness are dangerousI simply fell irrevocably in Trail of Evidence (Capitol K-9 Unit love with Hugh and I found myself 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 Architecture by Birds and Insects 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 Beyond Carnival 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 Microsociology 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 Lefty 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 ike to try it at its best Rich in historical detail this story will immerse you in medieval England Spanning about 10 years in the ate 12th century this story fo ueer historical rather than romance as such though there is a strong central romantic element that rom readers will Shadow of the Vampire love Great on the details of dailyife 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 Strong ikeable 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 ife 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
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he is and but in this time not a good idea to advertise the fact Hugh is travelling to Wells and on his travels meets Arnaut Human Aspects of Software Engineering l 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 nowives 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 a How to Make a Plant Love You long way and tough fight until Hugh eventually sees that his affections for Godric are completelyost and is wasting his time Once he Cities and Dialogue lets Arnaut in then a romance develops that isoving and caring as much as it is frustrating and annoying Arnaut is most definitely the experienced sexually and with patience and time shows Hugh all the affection he needs to be able to Christmas Doll let go and fall inove The emotions being played out by the characters for me felt real and realistic for the time not we l ever know for sure but I definitely felt their behaviour and attitudes for this time were plausible ever know for sure but I definitely felt their behaviour and attitudes for this time were plausible is a sign for me of a good historical romanceThis is definitely one for hard core historical readers the detail and attention historically is breath taking and I could feel as if I were back at Wells Cathedral during the days it was being built I could imagine the ofty towers and heights of the vaults the dangers of working on such constructions in this time at such The Internet Book lofty heights I was getting vertigo while reading It was reallyike being in a time capsule Of course at this time all the political intrigue is there between rival deans and bishops all trying to out do each other One minute dishing out their blessings and goodwill and the minute your back is turned stabbing it to further themselves In all of this Hugh remains true to himself and others but it s exactly not keeping his head down and speaking up for what he believes staying true to himself that gets him into The Queen from Provence (Plantagenet Saga, lot of trouble and has to flee to Lincoln Caught up in a political cross fireThis is where for me as beautifully written as this book is I just felt the plot was aittle confused at times or maybe it was just me and the old grey cells It seemed to meander a Fearless Jack long time without going anywhere or having any one focal point climax in the plot to keep the orientation of the reader It was for me aittle directionless plot wise at times until it got to about 70% then it started to come to some kind of final conclusion There were many times I was The Film Club left with a huh How did we just arrive here from where we were before feeling This is first and foremost an historical novel in my opinion and an MM romance second so I wasn t expecting HEAs and soppy sighs at the end nor a fluffy read So therefore it hit the spot and was exactly what I wasooking for in this type of read This book is challenging and did keep me interested for sure I just had the feeling it was trying to be a wide sweeping historical epic of a novel but just didn t uite make the mark for me on th. Late twelfth century England a country of divided oyalties 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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