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Book Title: The Lonely Furrow|
The size of the: 454 KB
Edition: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
Date of issue: November 1st 1978
ISBN 13: 9780340231883
The author of the book: Norah Lofts
Format files: PDF
Read full description of the books The Lonely Furrow:Sir Godfrey Tallboys' story continues, one of the last Knights of England. This book turns toward the full lives of his offspring. Henry, the eldest, is now tied to the plough. The system that supported his Father's occupation has collapsed with all of the economic and political chaos which surrounded the Civil War and eventual War of the Roses. York has won, but plague, the troubles with France and many other weather and food considerations have altered the former systems of serfdom and husbandry.
The priests and monks in their class. And the nobels in theirs are self-serving. The farmer and the freeman of trade or skill have many difficult years. This book is as dark as The Homecoming (Suffolk #2) and yet it holds more honesty, IMHO. Henry and his siblings. Moynidan and other houses of worth in this area near Bywater and Baildon? So much is in flux. Money of coin is scarce and barter more usually possible.
Life is short and the lawyer necessary. Intake has driven further divisions "across the river" beyond the distance. Witch hunting and superstition are as thick as any theological OR secular beliefs. Trust for a stranger, not always wise.
This follows the Tallboys to their 3rd generation from Sir Godfrey.
The detail for the lives of seasons and the land! Fabulous, fabulous Norah Lofts.
She ends this one with a recognition between the two main protagonists that is final and ultimately satisfying for the reader. That these characters have some hope for brighter future probabilities, but not at all the one the woman has envisioned.
I strongly recommend this Suffolk trio if you have any interest in the rhythm of the fourteenth century English days for the country freeman of England and their extended family which enabled growing husbandry. What and how association and knowledge was "usual" and how life was defined and understood. Lawyer Turnbell of another generation and yet another continues to write his lines. Henry has no time or inclination toward writing. Henry does and has little time for such abstractions. He physically acts to alter their diminished reality, so that some may survive.
I also would not recommend this book without reading the other two of the trio first. It is stand alone in one regard, she repeats basic origins and processes of how the characters have enjoined or connected. BUT those redundancies would be just the bare bones and often confusing. In order to encompass the underlying secrets and voids of what is never said- you need to know the depth of history, learning skills, building and placement fall-outs. Depth in not just the physical or familial genetic makeup, but of the forewarned or supposedly miraculous.
Come to Knight's Acre and see what has grown!
Read information about the authorAlso published using the pseudonyms Juliet Astley and Peter Curtis
Norah Lofts, née Norah Robinson, (27 August 1904–10 September 1983) was a 20th century best-selling British author. She wrote over fifty books specialising in historical fiction, but she also wrote non-fiction and short stories. Many of her novels, including her Suffolk Trilogy, follow the history of a specific house and the residents that lived in it.
Lofts was born in Shipdham, Norfolk in England. She also wrote under the pen names Peter Curtis and Juliet Astley. Norah Lofts chose to release her murder-mystery novels under the pen name Peter Curtis because she did not want the readers of her historic fiction to pick up a murder-mystery novel and expect classic Norah Lofts historical fiction. However, the murders still show characteristic Norah Lofts elements. Most of her historical novels fall into two general categories: biographical novels about queens, among them Anne Boleyn, Isabella of Castile, and Catherine of Aragon; and novels set in East Anglia centered around the fictitious town of Baildon (patterned largely on Bury St. Edmunds). Her creation of this fictitious area of England is reminiscent of Thomas Hardy's creation of "Wessex"; and her use of recurring characters such that the protagonist of one novel appears as a secondary character in others is even more reminiscent of William Faulkner's work set in "Yoknapatawpha County," Mississippi. Norah Lofts' work set in East Anglia in the 1930s and 1940s shows great concern with the very poor in society and their inability to change their conditions. Her approach suggests an interest in the social reformism that became a feature of British post-war society.
Several of her novels were turned into films. Jassy was filmed as Jassy (1947) starring Margaret Lockwood and Dennis Price. You're Best Alone was filmed as Guilt is My Shadow (1950). The Devil's Own (also known as The Little Wax Doll and Catch As Catch Can) was filmed as The Witches (1966). The film 7 Women was directed by John Ford and based on the story Chinese Finale by Norah Lofts.
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