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By (author) Keith Roberts

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1588: Queen Elizabeth is felled by an assassin's bullet. Within the week, the Spanish Armada had set sail, and its victory changed the course of history. 1968: England is still dominated by the Church of Rome. There are no telephones, no television, no nuclear power. As Catholicism and the Inquisition tighten their grip, rebellion is growing.

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  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 24mm | 280g
  • 09 Nov 2000
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Gollancz
  • London
  • English
  • 1857989376
  • 9781857989373
  • 83,020

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Keith Roberts (1935-2000) Keith Roberts was an English author and illustrator, who did more than most to define the look of UK Science fiction magazines in the sixties. He won four BFSA awards for his writing and his art, and edited the magazine Science Fantasy (later Impulse) for a time. He was also nominated for Hugo, Nebula (twice) and Arthur C. Clarke awards. He is perhaps best known for his seminal alternative history novel, Pavane, praised by George R. R. Martin: 'No alternate history novel of the past thirty years comes close to equalling Pavane'.

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Steamrollers in 1968 London? Feudalism? An oppressive, inquisitorial Catholicism dominating Europe? A truly different world meticulously created here by author Roberts who projects what would have happened if the Spanish Armada had broken through and religion had stifled an industrial revolution. Of course in time missteps still lead to the inevitability of progress in this view, and the segments recorded here show the breakup of the archaic system. Unrequited love drives Eli Strange to a lifetime of amassing a fortune and creating a dynasty that will eventually give his descendant. Lady Eleanor, the power to rebel against the Pope. A passion for art drives young John into a monastery, the only place where he can receive training and as Brother John he is called upon to paint the agonies of the Inquisition, scenes that drive him to a mad martyrdom and he becomes the inspiration for the revolution of the oppressed. Other characters, incidents, all have their place in the pageant, the "tapestry" of this other past. Pavane - stately steps augmented by mysticism, magic and maybe. (Kirkus Reviews)

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