The Dignity of the Hansa

The Dignity of the Hansa

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This is the second book in this series on the Hansa. In The Independence of the Hansa we were introduced to the Rosecks, a fictional merchant family from Lubeck in Germany who lived around the middle of the 14th Century and were made witness to some of the major events of the time, including the Black Death, the Peasant's Revolt in England and wars with Denmark. The setting for this novel is Hamburg, Lubeck, London and the seas in between. As in the first novel, the characters are portrayed, not as aliens from another time, but as people whose needs-physical, mental and emotional-resemble our own today. The conflict between coercion and consensus remains as a central theme and is joined here by the individual's search for meaning and value in life. This search constitutes the heart of the storyline as the varied characters wrangle with themselves, their families and economic circumstances to overcome life's obstacles and find happiness in being alive. It follows the lives of two unrelated women through trying circumstances who forge an incredible bond that is stronger than family and deeper than romantic love. And it looks closely at Lubeck herself, the Queen of the Hansa, whose progress is charted until she is forced to make a life-changing decision. Finally, there are people who really existed in history, brought to life in a realistic way and shown in a human light to help us understand better what medieval life might have been like. If you enjoyed the first book, this will not let you down. If reading this before the first, you will find in it a surprisingly fresh perspective taken on a fascinating, vibrant and mostly overlooked people whose system thrived for five hundred years and yet remains strangely overlooked in the pantheon of our history."show more

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  • Paperback | 310 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 18mm | 458g
  • Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1514364921
  • 9781514364925

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