Saturday, April 2, 2011

Review: The Tapestry Shop by Joyce Elson Moore

The Tapestry Shop (Five Star Expressions)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.

Received from the publisher for review.

This one gets three stars.  While it was beautifully written and had a fabulous cover historical fiction of this time period just really isn't for me.  I found it enjoyable and reminiscent of The Mists of Avalon, but the characters themselves didn't do much for me as people.  This is recommended for historical fiction fans.

★★☆☆ = Liked It


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ruthhill74 said...

I guess your review is intriguing for me. I am a historical fiction fanatic. I suppose I would have the same reaction if I reviewed a science fiction book or a political intrigue book. Those are not usually my style. I have not read books that have a medieval setting. Thank you for your review even though you were not too turned on to it.

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