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The World Is Not Enough re creates medieval life This first of Zoe Oldenbourg's accl. If you're interested in the Crusades read everything Zoe Oldenbourg has ever writtten

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Elfth century France and the catastrophic upheavals of the Second and Third Crusades. Zoe Oldenbourg was an accomplished French historian and novelist who specialized in the history of the Crusades In the first book of her medieval series she reconstructs the medieval world in fine detail You are transported to a different age The mentality dialogue attitudes religiositycustoms and behaviour of the people of that time is faithfully reconstructedIt is a generational family saga and much happens in the story Themes of love betrayal infidelityrevenge remorse conversion repentance greed and penance intertwine in this elaborate historical epic Chantilly, guimauve et chocolat love betrayal infidelityrevenge remorse conversion repentance greed and penance intertwine in this elaborate historical epic

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Aimed historical novels chronicles the lives of a remarkable gallery of people in tw. Details the lives of one family and their interpersonal relationships in the time of the Middle Ages However being confined to the family members' castle you learn very little about the rest of the world around them The exception is when the male members venture off to the Crusades and the reader has a taste of military camp conditions of the time and yet when they return you are confined once again to who did what in the castle and how everyone feels about it In my opinion Kenneth Follett's books weave a richer tapestry of the medieval world


10 thoughts on “Argile et cendres

  1. says:

    If you're interested in the Crusades read everything Zoe Oldenbourg has ever writtten


  2. says:

    This is the first of Oldenbourg's mediaeval novels It is not the best of them perhaps reflecting her inexperience as a writer at the time In any case I found parts of it tedious though to her credit one must note that parts of it are intended to show the tedium of even upper class provincial life a tedium which partly accounts for why the lord runs off from his home and wife on two crusades


  3. says:

    Way back in 1977 I discovered Zoe Oldenbourg I fell in love with her books her historical accuracy and her characters Back then I was fortunate to buy this title and 2 other Oldenbourg's in paperback The years took their toll on the paperbacks and they fell apart through handling and moving I missed those books especially this one A couple of years ago I discovered that The World Is Not Enough was no longer in my local library's collections and that listed it as out 0f print and not easily available You ever get that longing for a favorite book and discover that you may never get a chance to read it again? It hit me right in the gut Alis and Ansiau the two main characters stayed with me so strongly that I even considered seriously naming my son Ansiau before he was born back in 1988 My son Josh scoffs at the idea but I still think it's a mighty fine nameRecently I hunted through my state's inter library online loan program and discovered that Toledo Ohio had a library with one of the original hardback cloth copies of The World Is Not EnoughWell worn orange red cloth with butter soft pages I was in heaven every night reading before I went to sleep which brings me to my first review of the new yearThe World Is Not Enough At Christmas time their parents had settled the amount of the dowry and the other details The bridegroom's father was old and he wished to see grandchildren of his race and lineage That was why tonight Alis of Puiseaux would have to go to bed with a boyOne of my favorite openings to a book This begins the story of Alis and Ansiau in the year of our Lord 1171 What follows in the next 490 pages is their story as well as that of their children in laws lovers enemies The 2 major events in the book center around the Crusades During the first Crusade in 1179 the reader stays in Linnieres with Alis while Ansiau leaves to travel to the Holy Land Alis develops into a strong woman who runs the castle and surrounding farms The reader is taken along with Ansiau and his sons in the 2nd Crusade in 1190 They fight Saladin alongside England's Richard the Lionheart Upon the baron's return to Linnieres the couple is followed through ever increasing marital difficulties to final old age and infirmity but still loyally together as the book's last lines indicate Despite their infidelities and financial strains they remain a force togetherThus ends one of my favorite books She Alis shook her head and rested her cheek on the baron's shoulder A huge red sun set behind the forest


  4. says:

    Details the lives of one family and their interpersonal relationships in the time of the Middle Ages However being confined to the family members' castle you learn very little about the rest of the world around them The exception is when the male members venture off to the Crusades and the reader has a taste of military camp conditions of the time and yet when they return you are confined once again to who did what in the castle and how everyone feels about it In my opinion Kenneth Follett's books weave a richer tapestry of the medieval world


  5. says:

    The parts set in France fit somewhere between pop historical romance and In A Dark Wood WanderingThe treatment of the crusades was a little disappointing the writing style changed completely and it became of a non fiction chronicle than historical fiction


  6. says:

    The words 'sweeping' and 'epic' are so often over used but here they are just right This is an account of the lives of Alis and Anisau over a 40 year span from their marriage in their mid teens 20 pregnancies for her innumerable battle and tournament wounds for him love affairs for both Their children mutual children and children with others and grandchildren their financial manoeuverings to pay for dowries and armour The crusades are depicted mainly as a matter of of frustrated waiting and camp fever The writing is simple a continuous story from several points of view with few chapter breaks little dialogue some realistic but confusing aspects eg several characters with the same name It's all immensely involving and vivid The complex family relationships reminded me of Tolstoy the casual violence and the freuent sex with the very young reminded me of rock stars with teenage groupies Some gritty situations than once a girl is mentioned as still growing even after giving birth The FrenchRussian author was only thirty when the book was published yet brings immense psychological insight and the real 'truth of mood' that is the hallmark of great well researched historical fiction 590 pages but very enjoyable


  7. says:

    I believe that this is the greatest historical novel ever written Eually fascinating is the story of the author a refugee from the Russian Revolution whose family settled in Paris All during World War II Oldenbourg went to the Biblioteue Nationale to research 12th Century France I like to believe that this was her refuge from the Nazi occupation The book was published in 1948 The destruction of Notre Dame Cathedral which was constructed in roughly the same time period as this novel brought the book to mind


  8. says:

    Zoe Oldenbourg was an accomplished French historian and novelist who specialized in the history of the Crusades In the first book of her medieval series she reconstructs the medieval world in fine detail You are transported to a different age The mentality dialogue attitudes religiositycustoms and behaviour of the people of that time is faithfully reconstructedIt is a generational family saga and much happens in the story Themes of love betrayal infidelityrevenge remorse conversion repentance greed and penance intertwine in this elaborate historical epic


  9. says:

    Although this was highly interesting and well written the author didn't talked about the characters' emotions enough for my taste hence a writing that stayed cold and distant I definitly want to read the second book though


  10. says:

    amazing book about the crusades and life in the 12th centuy


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