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Book Title: The Man on a Donkey: A Powerful Novel of England in the Reign of Henry VIII|
The author of the book: H.F.M. Prescott
ISBN 13: 9781842126035
Date of issue: October 1st 2002
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Richmond, North Yorkshire
Description: A powerful novel of England during the reign of Henry VIII. When the King's men despoil the monasteries and divide the wealth among the royal favorites, rebellion begins to brew in the north--and for a few weeks, the leader held the fate of a nation in his hands.
Opening: SIR JOHN UVEDALE had business at Coverham Abbey in Wensleydale, lately suppressed, so he sent his people on before him to Marrick, to make ready for him, and to take over possession of the Priory of St. Andrew from the Nuns, who should an be gone by noon or thereabouts. Sir John's steward had been there for a week already, making sure that the Ladies carried away nothing but what was their own, and having the best of the silver and gold ornaments of the Church packed up in canvas, then in barrels, ready to be sent to the King. The lesser stuff was pushed, all anyhow, into big wicker baskets; since it would be melted down, scratches and dints did not matter.
Cited by Mantel as her fav Tudor novel. The symbolism is not lost on me that I am reading about a man on a donkey in the Christian Church's Holy Week and this coincidence tickles like a Swedish Palm Sunday feather.
I loved the writing, erudite yet in no way stuffy, and although there were a few typos, they enhanced rather than detracted from my enjoyment:
If this was not an accusation
it was as like one as pea to pea in the cod.
The characters were fully realised, each displaying human frailties, so altogether a great read and fully recommended.
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Read information about the authorHilda Francis Margaret Prescott, MA, MA, D.Litt, FRSL was born in Cheshire, the daughter of Rev. James Mulleneux Prescott and his wife Margaret (née Warburton).
She was educated at Wallasey High School and subsequently read Modern History at Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford where she received her first MA. Later, she studied Medieval and Modern History at Manchester University, from which she earned a second MA. She was awarded an honorary D.Litt. by the University of Durham. In 1958, she was elected Jubilee Research Fellow at Royal Holloway College in the University of London where she researched the life of Cardinal Thomas Wolsey.
She is perhaps best known for her historical novel 'The Man on a Donkey;' written in the form of a chronicle, it tells the story of the Pilgrimage of Grace, a popular rising in protest at the Dissolution of the Monasteries by King Henry VIII.
Her biography of Queen Mary I of England, 'Mary Tudor' (originally titled 'Spanish Tudor'), won the James Tait Black Prize in 1941 and remains a well-respected biography.
Prescott wrote one thriller, 'Dead and Not Buried,' and this was adapted in 1954 for CBS's Climax! television series under the title 'Bury Me Later.'
Her interests included travel and a love of the English countryside and she lived for many years in Charlbury, Oxfordshire.