1 February 2016

Historical Fiction Spotlight ~ Tapestry, by Christopher Largent


New on Amazon UK and Amazon US

A New Perspective on a Famous Moment in European History

Christopher Largent, Author, gives the back-story of the 1066 Battle of Hastings from a surprising perspective. In his new novel, Tapestry, the author offers a first-person tale based on the famous Bayeux Tapestry in Normandy, France, revealing it to be an elegant cover-up rather than a reporting of actual events.

Opening in 1035 AD, Tapestry focuses on a mysterious emissary whose life entwines with the characters that move behind the events leading to the Norman Conquest of England — which turns out to be very different from what historians have supposed.

The emissary engages with fascinating male and female characters, both famous and little known, including William the Conqueror, William's mother Arlette and his wife Matilda, Edward the Confessor, Kings Magnus and Harald "Hardraada" of Norway, Earl Harold of Wessex, and famed teacher Lanfranc of Pavia, the mentor of St. Anselm.

Trained in diplomacy, the emissary also studies healing and vision-seeking with a European herbalist, the last Icelandinc prophetess/seer of the Old Religion of Odin and Thor, and a Native shaman/wise man.

In this travels, the emissary moves through a huge range of ancient locales: Normandy, Flanders, Denmark, Norway, the Shetland and Faroe Islands, Iceland, Greenland, and ancient North America, so that the reader experiences delights from charming trading towns to the dazzling Northern Lights.

Told in a first-person 11th-Century voice, Tapestry lifts the reader out of 20th-Century mental habits to experience a perspective without Freudian psychology, existential despair, power politics, or psychopathic evil — all inventions of the 20th Century. The result is both engaging and refreshing.

The novel also occurs before the Crusades, the Inquisition, and the Black Plague, so for 11th-Century citizens, this era was not some grimy "Dark Age" but a New Age, in which religion and diplomacy, as much as politics and military strategies, defined and reformed the world.  As one of the novel's characters notes, even the weather was good in this century.

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About the Author

Chris Largent taught the history of philosophy and comparative religion for forty years, which led to his fascination with history and his love of historical research. He also taught seminars on writing, publishing, Shakespeare, poetry, and the Arthurian Cycle. In fact, after teaching a class in England, he was taken to Normandy in 1987, where he saw the Bayeux Tapestry, which inspired his 11th-Century novel, Tapestry. A professional editor, he has also run two micro-presses and served as a marketing manager for a third, while also doing peer reviewing for university presses and publishing houses oriented to metaphysics and philosophy. He began writing both fiction and nonfiction when he was very young and at age 15 received a Columbia Journalism Award for his editorials. To develop a sense of great literature, he studied writers ranging from Shelley, Dickens, and Poe to P. G. Wodehouse and Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. Find out more at his website http://www.christopherlargent.com/

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