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The Tapestry Shop is the story of the trouvère, Adam de la Halle, a thirteenth-century poet/musician who entertained in France's royal courts. Adam's secular play, Robin et Marion, led to the birth of the comic opera form and the first penning of the Robin Hood legend.
The book draws the reader into the Middle Ages, where women joined the crusades and students held discourse on the Street of Straw, but the overriding appeal of The Tapestry Shop is Adam's connection to the legend of Robin Hood.
After enduring political exile, Adam returns to the city of his birth to confront the reality of his failed marriage, but first, he must find the hangmen who stole his purse and his dignity.
As protégé of King Louis's nephew, Adam attends the university in Paris. When he meets Catherine, a shopkeeper's daughter, his life takes an unexpected turn.
Catherine is bound to another by a secret she cannot reveal. Her deep religious convictions and guilt for her past bring danger to her and to those she loves. When she decides to join the king's latest crusade, Adam must confront his disdain for what he considers an intolerant Church, based on his knowledge of its treatment of Cathars and Jews.
Torn by conflicting ideals, they move toward their destiny, each determined to prevail, but the choices they make bring them both to heights and depths neither could ever imagine.
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Adam de la Halle, the real-life 13th century author of the first rendition of Robin Hood, is in love with Catherine Durant, who is briefly engaged to a vicious man, in Moore's rudimentary second historical. As a man of honor, Adam stays away from Catherine, but he can't forget her. When Catherine is suddenly widowed, the two seek each other out, but fate keeps blocking their path. Racked with guilt over her perceived complicity in her husband's death, Catherine vows to join the crusades. Adam is skeptical of the crusaders and fearful that he will lose his love forever. His fears seem to come true when he receives word of her death at sea; he wants to join her, but fate is not yet done with these lovers, nor is Moore interested in unhappy endings. Though the author demonstrates a great deal of research and attention to historical detail, the plot and character development necessary for satisfying historical fiction is largely missing. De La Halle and Durant are mildly engaging protagonists who face almost no meaningful obstacles to their romance in a tale drained of dramatic tension. (Nov.)
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In this book, the author takes a very little historical entry about a little known figure and weaves a fascinating tale of life in the Middle Ages. And she does an awesome job of it.
--LuAnn Morgan, Reading Frenzy blog
"The Tapestry Shop" is highly recommended and will convince the reader to set out on a quest in search of additional historical fiction novels by Joyce Elson Moore.
Wendy M. Vincent, Renaissance Magazine
Beautifully written, this is an excellent novel for the fan of historical fiction.
--Jani Brooks, Romance Reviews Today
The Tapestry Shop evokes a colorful, vibrant world which has long deserved to be woven into a story like this one. --Dr. Carol Symes, Univ. of Illinois
...a charming tale of musician and poet Adam de la Halle. Pick up The Tapestry Shop today and enjoy a magical trip through the ages. --Lit Fest Magazine
. . . the author's meticulous research of Arras and the medieval ruins shines through in this detailed and compelling tale.--Liz Allenby, Historical Novels Review
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Book Description Five Star, 2010. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1594148996
Book Description Five Star, 2010. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX1594148996