The Oblate's Confession

The Oblate's Confession

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The Dark Ages, England: a warrior gives his son to a monastery that rides the border between two rival Anglo-Saxon kingdoms. Growing up in a land wracked by war and plague, the child learns of the oath that binds him to the church and forces a cruel choice upon him. To love on father, he must betray another. The decision he makes shatters his world and haunts him forever. This quietly exotic novel places us compellingly in another time, another place, where chieftains fear holy men, holy men fear the world, and prayer has the primal force of fire. While entirely a work of fiction, the novel's background is historically accurate. In the midst of a tale that touches the human in all of us, readers will find themselves treated to a history of the Dark Ages unlike anything available today outside of textbooks and original source material.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 404 pages
  • 155 x 229 x 36mm | 794g
  • Salisbury, MD
  • English
  • 0990460800
  • 9780990460800
  • 2,496,226

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The Dark Ages, England: a warrior gives his son to a monastery that rides the border between two rival Anglo-Saxon kingdoms. Growing up in a land wracked by war and plague, the child learns of the oath that binds him to the church and forces a cruel choice upon him. To love one father, he must betray another. The decision he makes shatters his world and haunts him forever. This quietly exotic novel places us compellingly in another time, another place, where chieftains fear holy men, holy men fear the world, and prayer has the primal force of fire. While entirely a work of fiction, the novel's background is historically accurate. In the midst of a tale that touches the human in all of us, readers will find themselves treated to a history of the Dark Ages unlike anything available today outside of textbooks and original source material.
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With a sure hand and a formidable amount of research, Peak brings to life the day-to-day realities of the monastery, its food and drink, its dress, and its duties tied to the seasons.... A vividly realized story of one boy's attempt to live a life of faith in a time of war. -- Starred Review "Kirkus Reviews"
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About William Peak

William Peak spent ten years researching and writing The Oblate's Confession, his debut novel. A graduate of the creative writing program at Hollins University, Peak lives with his wife Melissa on Maryland's Eastern Shore where he works in a public library.
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88 ratings
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4 35% (31)
3 22% (19)
2 10% (9)
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