Dance of Stone

Dance of Stone

Dance of Stone Late twelfth century England a country of divided loyalties while the Lionheart is on crusade Hugh de Barham master mason at Wells walks a dangerous path between Glastonbury and Wells as the two vie

  • Title: Dance of Stone
  • Author: Jay Lewis Taylor
  • ISBN: 9781908312228
  • Page: 224
  • Format: ebook
  • Late twelfth century England a country of divided loyalties while the Lionheart is on crusade Hugh de Barham, master mason at Wells, walks a dangerous path between Glastonbury and Wells as the two vie for supremacy, a path made dangerous still by the fact that Hugh, if he could, would share his bed not with women but with men.The only way to stay safe is to keep hisLate twelfth century England a country of divided loyalties while the Lionheart is on crusade Hugh de Barham, master mason at Wells, walks a dangerous path between Glastonbury and Wells as the two vie for supremacy, a path made dangerous still by the fact that Hugh, if he could, would share his bed not with women but with men.The only way to stay safe is to keep his head down, but building the church of his dreams is no way to do that and then there is Arnaut l Occitan What does this stranger from Provence want with Hugh And can he, or anyone, be trusted 98000 words

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    Saint Andrew's Cathedral, Wells, Somerset, England (John Simlett, 2012)Merveilleux! What a fabulous tale and what a great storyteller!The Middle Ages is one of my favorite eras and as long as I can remember Gothic architecture has always fascinated me, so I was bound to read Dance of Stone!This novel is a wonderful invitation to discover an outstanding cast of vibrant characters, flawed and complex, in other words all-too-human! Their way of life is in line with nature and the seasons and we're [...]

    Jay Lewis Taylor’s “Dance of Stone” is a powerful, fascinating and beautifully crafted historical novel, focused on nine years in the life of Hugh de Barham, a master mason, who wants only to build great churches. The date is 1192, during the Reign of Richard Lionheart, and all over Christendom ambitious bishops are imagining fantastic structures to be built to the Glory of God—and as testaments to their own earthly influence. Hugh finds himself caught up in the power plays of these men, [...]

    Caveat: I had the privilege of editing this book on behalf of Manifold Press, so that may make me biased On the other hand, as anyone with editing, proofing or betaing experience would know, if you can still whole-heartedly love a book after working through 98k words of it again and again, then surely that means something good!This is a terrific story, fully immersed in the medieval world. It is chock full of detail about how it must have been to live back then - and yet the details never detrac [...]

    A wide-sweeping historical epic that will take you back to the days of stone masons, cathedral builders, religion and church politics. This book is not for the faint hearted, beautifully written, full of historical details, spans several years as we follow the life of Hugh.Hugh de Barham is Master Mason at Wells Cathedral and if anyone has ever visited Wells or any other European cathedral it is truly astounding what they managed to build in this day and age with no modern technology to help the [...]

    This book gave me the same intense pleasure derived from historical sagas by Michener James A and Edward Rutherford; and Dance Of Stone shares many dramatic elements with Ken Follett’s The Pillars of the Earth. It will appeal to anyone who loves medieval historicals.Hugh de Barham (aka Hugh Mason) is ambitious – he’s got the artisan skills, the hard-won training, the good eye and inspired vision to bring splendid architectural splendour from masonry. The book draws a strong character growt [...]

    This book is not an M/M Romance. It's a historical novel with a gay protagonist, Hugh, a master mason. The book follows him for about 8-9 years and is very slow until the last 5% where a little spark of romance and angst finally happens.There is virtually no sex and no fantasy element present (I've noticed some readers have it on their "fantasy/paranormal" shelves).If you are a history geek, the book is definitely for you. If you are looking for a romance or feisty knights/elves/bards, I suggest [...]

    Full 4.5 beautiful star reviewage on Prism Book AllianceFrom page one, I was able to settle in and get comfy for this read. Why is that? The writing. It has a very relaxed vibe, creating a just as relaxed tone and atmosphere, no rushing, just taking its time in telling me the story.The characters are mature people with senses of humor filled with warm, wry natures. Happiness and sarcasm go hand in hand. By the middle of chapter three, character development was at an obviously high level.Such viv [...]

    Master mason Hugh, caught up in the swirling politics of the years of Richard I's absence from England, simply wants to be allowed to build churches to his God, but sometimes it seems as though the Church itself is trying to prevent that. His personal life is equally confused – and even more difficult to negotiate.I haven't felt as thoroughly immersed in the twelfth century since reading the Brother Cadfael books. I can smell the wood-smoke, feel the cold, and see the sunlight slanting through [...]

    Rich in historical detail, this story will immerse you in medieval England. Spanning about 10 years in the late 12th century, this story follows the life of master mason Hugh de Barham against a backdrop of church politics. On the personal side, there are two love interests -- Godric and Arnaut. Although there are a few truly nasty characters, I like that most of the characters are not so black and white. As with Mr. Taylor's other work, I would say that this is historical fiction first, with th [...]

    I loved Peacock's Eye and now Dance of Stone--quality writing, research, and storytelling that put me right in the medieval setting and held me spellbound. I didn't want this one to end, either, and happily give it 10 stars.

    This is not a just written story, but a beautifully crafted book, one that stays with you and makes you come back to it for that special feeling again, and again. A joy to read. All my thanks to the author.

    3.5 stars."Dance of Stone" allows you to live and breathe the 12th century for a little while. The setting and time period were wonderfully portrayed and the characters were all interesting. All the details are in place to give you a great sense of atmosphere.The only problem is I never felt we really got to know anyone, even the main character, Hugh. It felt like looking through a veil, like you could reach out, but never quite touch them, and therefore you couldn't feel 100% emotionally involv [...]

    This book is not really a traditional romance novel and would probably best be classified as historical fiction with gay characters, although there is a romance. It reminds me of The Last of the Wine in that it's very deep in the main character's perspective (although not in first person), and the reader is left to draw a lot of conclusions. The writing style is beautiful, too. Because it isn't structured like other romance novels I've read, I wasn't ever sure about where the plot was going, so [...]

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