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The Bones of Avalon txt The Bones of Avalon, text ebook The Bones of Avalon, adobe reader The Bones of Avalon, chapter 2 The Bones of Avalon, The Bones of Avalon 6e324c Religious Strife, Glastonbury Legends, The Bones Of King Arthur And The Curse Of The Tudorscan Renaissance Man John Dee Help The Young Queen Elizabeth To Avoid It It Is Elizabeth Tudor Has Been On The Throne For A Year, The Date For Her Coronation Having Been Chosen By Her Astrologer, Dr John Dee, At Just Already Famous Throughout Europe As A Mathematician And Expert In The Hidden Arts But Neither Elizabeth Nor Dee Feel Entirely Secure Both Have Known Imprisonment For Political Reasons The Queen Is Unpopular With Both Roman Catholics And The New Breed Of Puritanical Protestant Dee Is Regarded With Suspicion In An Era Where The Dividing Line Between Science And Sorcery Is, At Best, Indistinct And The Assignment He S Been Given By The Queen S Chief Minister, Sir William Cecil, Will Blur It Further Ride To The Ruins Of Glastonbury Abbey, Bring Back King Arthur S Bones The Mission Takes The Mild, Bookish Dee To The Tangled Roots Of English Magic And The Arthurian Legacy So Important To The Tudors Into Unexpected Violence, Spiritual Darkness, The Breathless Stirring Of First Loveand The Cold Heart Of A Complex Plot Against Elizabeth With Him Is His Friend And Former Student, Robert Dudley, A Risk Taker, A Wild Cardand Possibly The Queen S Secret Lover Dee Is Elizabethan England S Forgotten Hero A Man For Whom This World Even The Rapidly Expanding World Of The Renaissance Was Never Enough

10 thoughts on “The Bones of Avalon

  1. says:

    This is a wondrous story, a mix of history and fantasy and the supernatural It features Elisabeth I, the Royal astrologer John Dee, Robert Dudley, horseman of the queen and supposedly Elizabeth s lover, but also king Arthur, Morgan LeFay, Avalon, the Zodiac sign, Nostradamus.and Story had its ups downs, but overall, very good Enjoyed it.

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    I had never heard of Phil Rickman before I stumbled, quite accidentally, upon this book As a writer and historian myself, I am a harsh critic and have grown weary of predictable, run of the mill historical novels Most are unconvincing both in characterisation and plot and when I picked up The Bones of Avalon I did not expect it to be any different But I was wrong Phil had me at the first line.The Bones of Avalon is set in the 1560 s a time of religious uncertainty, Popish plot and counterplot The people walk in fear, trusting no one in an England still reeling from the heretical burnings and hangings of Mary Tudor s Catholic reign Now, she is dead and another Tudor takes the throne Another queen, the bastard daughter of Anne Boleyn Elizabeth.Haunted by her mother s death, uncertain if she will succeed or fail, the young Elizabeth allows herself to trust few men Two of whom are Robert Dudley mistrusted by the council, a wild card adventurer and rumoured to be the queen s lover and her consultant and astrologer, Dr Dee, a mild mannered scholar and dreamer They are sent to Glastonbury to discover the missing bones of King Arthur, lost during the dissolution in Henry VIII s reign, so that Elizabeth might fulfil a prophecy Without its abbey Glastonbury is desolate, the town decaying and as soon as Dudley and Dr Dee set foot there, mystery and superstition unfolds.By the time I reached the end of the first chapter I knew I was in good hands Mr Rickman s first person narrative is authentic enough to make me forget I was actually reading The fumbling investigative powers of Dr Dee endears him to the reader and the primitive, wary people of Glastonbury instil the plot with ambiguity It was delightfully refreshing to find Robert Dudley illustrated, not as a broad shouldered, devil may care, wife killing braggart, but as an ordinary man, torn, confused, afflicted with sickness and, throughout it all, a stalwart friend to Dr Dee and loyal to his queen.The author s knowledge of the period is indisputable, his understanding of 16th century uncertainty is flawless but, for me, the best thing about this book has to be the atmosphere I am not a believer in the supernatural but Mr Rickman had me doubting my own sound good sense He gave me goose bumps such as I have not experienced since childhood An undercurrent of human evil runs through this book, illustrating mankind s capacity to destroy that which they don t understand as an evil far stronger than the supernatural Although the author never infers that supernatural power truly exists, The Bones of Avalon is unsettling it has you looking over your shoulder It is a book to read with the doors and windows locked.Phil Rickman has written an intelligent book Some may find the length off putting, it certainly isn t for lightweight readers but, if you have the ability to let go of disbelief and embrace the mindset of the late 16th century, then you will love it as much as I A whopping five stars brilliant.

  3. says:

    This historical novel by an author I had not previously heard of brings together a lot of my interests and that alone made it quite compelling for me King Arthur and Avalon, Elizabeth I parapsychology and the spirit world and Kabala.England reeling from the reign of terror of Bloody Mary in her blustering efforts to force the Roman Catholic faith back on England.The new Queen Elizabeth I aims for a tolerant course but is beset by troubles she sends her astrologer and doctor of psychics and philosophy Dr John Dee, together with her secret paramour and advisor Sir Robert Dudley to Glastonbury to find the bones of King Arthur disinterred 20 years earlier by Henry VIII in the Dissolution.Dee falls in love with the beguiling and beautiful young woman doctor Eleanor Nel Burrows and when she is accused of witchcraft will do what he can to save her Glastonbury is haunted and tortured place under the thumb of a dour cleric who has stamped his tyrannic theology on the townMeanwhile a vile murder takes this story into a murder mystery great characterization and plot, with just the right amount of the eerie and mysterious.

  4. says:

    I m so divided over this book Let s get one thing straight, I didn t like it I m not sure whether it has something to do with my high expectations of a novel entitled The Bones of Avalon , or if it was simply boring.It is well written in so many ways, language, research, sentences that flow smoothly etc etc, which is why it gets two stars rather than one, but it just didn t ignite much of a spark It seemed to take half the book to set up the story, about 40 pages of excitement possibly, I haven t counted , a very rushed and short main conflict drama point , and a windy explanation of whodunnit in the end that I had trouble following I eventually got who did what but there was no satisfying oh, my God, it was there all along and I didn t see it moment It felt like the end result was hastily added on and just not exciting I did not care enough for the characters I didn t want the badies getting their comeuppance, and I didn t want the good guys to win Total apathy I don t think it s my fault, but I guess only critiques from others can tell.

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    Dr John Dee is astrologer to Queen Elizabeth I and, in most people s eyes, a conjuror Not because of his magical ability as he has none but because well, mostly because the general population back then wasn t exactly known for its reasonability, and seemed to really enjoy watching people get executed and accusing someone of witchcraft virtually guaranteed getting them killed Menaced by apparent portents of doom, Queen Liz sends Dr Dee on a secret mission to help protect her recovering the bones of King Arthur, known to have lain at Avalon but having disappeared following the dissolution of Glastonbury Abbey He s accompanied on said mission by her probable lover, Sir Robert Dudley, who s almost immediately out of action thanks to a bout of illness, leaving Dr Dee alone to rub shoulders with the eccentrics that now people the town that remains Only to have it turn out that the location of Arthur s bones isn t the only secret in town, nor is it the only which people are prepared to kill over.Normally, The Bones of Avalon is the sort of book that I d revel in, set as it is in one of my favourite historical periods as well as promising a touch of mysticism and magic For some reason though, I found myself struggling to get into this, bored by the narrator and mostly spending my time checking how much was left before it would end I couldn t say that the writing or the plotting was particularly bad, although the pacing was an issue for me at times, but I can t say I ll be bothering with the rest of this series either Also posted at Cannonball Read 10

  6. says:

    I might try this book again, but this is the second time I ve tried to read it It just leaves me cold Which is strange considering I like Rickman and the Tudors.

  7. says:

    I enjoy reading about the Tudors and love the Arthurian legends This book was a natural for me, though it had about the former than the latter The protagonist is the astrologer John Dee, who many believed to be a conjurer In this book, he s an intelligent searcher who wishes he could communicate with beings in another world, but can t As in many books, the protagonist journeys with a friend, in this case Robert Dudley, who was rud to be a lover of Queen Elizabeth Elizabeth appears briefly in this book as a commanding yet fragile young woman England is full of Catholic vs Protestant intrigue I don t want to spoil your reading pleasure, so I won t say too much , except that I found it a good read However, I dislike the fact that this book and some other historical fiction I ve read shows gay characters who have strange perversions and are weak or evil Authors, please stop doing this It s dumb and dangerous Have at least some decent gay characters.

  8. says:

    This is fiction set round the real life figure of John Dee, alchemist, perhaps conjurer, astrologer to Elizabeth I The Elizabethan obsession with magic and superstition is vividly portrayed as Dee struggles to fullfil a brief from Cecil to find the bones of King Arthur in Glastonbury There is a catholic plot and the smell of burning hangs over the entire book England is still reeling from the bloody reign of Mary Tudor while Dee himself is haunted by dreams of being burned at the stake a fate from which he narrowly escaped.Rickman is a great story teller his Merrily Watkins novels are terrific reading and this book does not disappoint It reminded me in some ways of C J Sansom s Sheldrake novels having the same knack of recreating Tudor England in all its colourful horror Enjoy

  9. says:

    Imagine a season of True Detective set in early Elizabethan England It s well written and well researched and an excellent presentation of a slice of life, but good lord it leaves you with little faith in humanity I liked how it showed where everyone was coming from having just survived Henry VIII and Mary I going so far as to hint the whole country may have had PTSD after those two and how it showed the people known for being well established members of Elizabethan life Dr Dee, Walsingham, etc just starting their careers in 1560, but it is just sooooo dark and depressing I won t be continuing with the series.

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