JOHN THE PUPIL


JOHN THE PUPIL

DAVID FLUSFEDER    Book Number: 82547    Product format: Hardback

TV critic for The Times and poker columnist for The Sunday Telegraph, Flusfeder's novel is a medieval road trip, recounting the journey taken from Oxford to Viterbo in 1267 by John and his two companions. Set in 13th century Europe against the backdrop of beauty and violence, science and mysticism, carnality and faith, this is a masterful novel in the tradition of Umberto Eco. Since he was young, John has studied at the Franciscan monastery outside Oxford under the tutelage of Friar and Magus Roger Bacon, an inventor, scientist and polymath. Bacon arranges for John to embark on a journey of penitence to Italy, but the pilgrimage is a guise to deliver scientific instruments and Bacon's great opus to His Holiness, Pope Clement IV. John is accompanied by two novices, the handsome, sweet-tempered Brother Andrew with whom he falls in love, and the more brutish Brother Bernard with his secret compulsion for drawing imaginary monsters. Neither knows the true purpose of their expedition. The men trek by foot preaching the gospel and begging for sustenance, fighting off ambushes from thieves hungry for the thing of power they are carrying. The holy trio are tried and tempted by all sorts of sins - ambition, pride, lust, and by the sheer hell and heaven of medieval life. A comic, humane and horrifying tale, 221pp. Illus.
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