William Peak The Oblate’s Confession

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The Oblate’s Confession

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The Dark Ages, England: a warrior gives his son to a monastery that rides the border between two rival Anglo-Saxon kingdoms. Growing up in a land wracked by war and plague, the child learns of the oath that binds him to the church and forces a cruel choice upon him. To love one father, he must betray another. The decision he makes shatters his world and haunts him forever. This quietly exotic novel places us compellingly in another time, another place, where chieftains fear holy men, holy men fear the world, and prayer has the primal force of fire. While entirely a work of fiction, the novel's background is historically accurate. In the midst of a tale that touches the human in all of us, readers will find themselves treated to a history of the Dark Ages unlike anything available today outside of textbooks and original source material.

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Like T.H. White's The Sword in the Stone, William Peak's classic coming-of-age story transports the reader back to Dark Age Britain, where a boy seeks enlightenment from a mystical hermit in a lonely forest. But unlike the future King Arthur, Peak's young narrator follows the spiritual path of a monk. The adventures of Winwæd draw us into a perilous landscape of struggling monasteries, roving bands of armed men, and mysterious outbreaks of plague. In "The Oblate's Confession, " impeccable historical research unites with a vivid evocation of everyday experience to bring lost world back to life.       -  John R. Hale, author, Lords of the Sea

William Peak's masterful prose--its sentences as skillfully made and enduring as the abbey at Redestone--is what makes this book so compelling. I read it twice--once for the intricacies of character and plot, then again for the pure pleasure of Peak's writing.
- Sue Ellen Thompson, poet, Pulitzer Prize nominee, and winner 2010 Maryland Author Award      A stunning debut...I look forward to more!
  -Amy Abrams, author, Schenck in the 21st  Century and The Cage and the Key

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England, the 7th century.  Anglo-Saxon kingdoms make war upon one another and their Celtic neighbors.  Christianity is new to the land, its power shifting uneasily between a mystical Celtic Catholicism and a more disciplined form of Catholicism now emanating from Rome. Pagan beliefs remain common. Plague sweeps across the countryside unpredictably, its path marked by death and destruction. 
 

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