I Am England Hardcover – Nov 1987
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From Library Journal
I Am England , Wright's biography of a placea pool on a ridge above a forest, England in microcosmchronicles the lives of Brac the primitive smith, Edred, Alfred's Saxon warrior, Rico, the traveling storyteller, and Francis, ironmonger and martyr. The community, its traditions, etc., is shaped by movements largeAlfred's wars against Viking raiders, the Norman conquest, religious vagaries and persecutionsand smallthe communal repair of a pool, the naming of an ox, and quarrels from one generation that bring prosperity or death to succeeding ones. Similar to Edward Rutherfurd's Sarum (LJ 9/15/87), another novel of England, this is more lyrical and compact. Highly recommended. Cynthia Johnson Wheal ler, Cary Memorial Lib., Lexington, Mass.
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Intriguing and engaging journey set on the Sussex Weald and surrounding areas, from 70 AD to 1589. Five interconnected chapters take us Through the generations and with passion, and a talent for capturing the circle of life we meet Brac the Iron-smith during the period of the Roman conquest , Edred the savage Saxon warrior and the fiery Danish slave girl he takes as his concubine, Robert the Falconer, Bendict the Priestly Knight and the Elizabethan yeoman Francis Wyse and his love.
Passionately written and well researched, it evocatively captures English history through the times it covers.