Many thanks to Paul Bennett for this fabulous review!
It’s been nigh on 90 years since the Normans came to stay and to rule, and it was a tough time to grow up a Saxon. Wimer, though is made of stern stuff and survives the second class treatment meted out by the Norman elite. His intelligence and adaptability such that he can rub shoulders with and become friends with the future Henry II.
Once again, I found myself immersed in a period of time that I’m not that familiar with. A time of Sheriffs and the fiduciary demands of the King and the Church. Ahh, the Church, a subject that at once fascinates and infuriates me. Wimer is caught up in the fervor of reaching heaven, not only for himself as a priest but for those he cares for in that capacity. An unfortunate set of circumstances and a bitter feud between Henry and his Archbishop Thomas a’Becket has…
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