The Long Pilgrimageby George Finkel
Reviewed by Jenny
A deft balance of historical depth and light-hearted story-telling.
PlotHaving slain a man for a grievous insult on his house, Sygwald Osricsson is forced to flee his country of Northumbria and seek a life elsewhere. Carrying a message from the church in England to King Karl of the Franks, Sygwald is caught up in a war against the heathen Moors of Spain. In his travels from Northumbria to the ravaged shell of once-famed Jerusalem, the young man waits for the change of rulers in his homeland, the end of his exile, and the end of his long pilgrimage.
MoralityA good sense of morality is maintained throughout the book.
Spiritual ContentBy the time of Charlemagne, referred to as King Karl, the Catholic Church has taken a firm hold in Europe. In the Moorish countries, Islam prevails.
ViolenceAt the beginning, Sygwald kills a man for insulting his family. There are many battles throughout the story, but none are unduly graphic.
Drug and Alcohol ContentThere is a drinking of wine and mead, but no drunkenness.
Crude or Profane Language or ContentPeople swear by aspects and tenants of Christianity.
ConclusionThis is a very personal account of the world during the rule of Charlemagne. The lands of Northern England, Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East take on a living aspect under Finkel's pen, and all his characters are vibrant and believable. They will stay with you long after you close the book.
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