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by Paul Moorcraft

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Author:
Paul Moorcraft
ISBN13:
978-1590580110
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1590580117
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Poisoned Pen Press; 1 edition (March 20, 2002)
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In 1329, a beautiful Surrey woman is walled up alive in the village church of Shere.

In 1329, a beautiful Surrey woman is walled up alive in the village church of Shere.

The Anchoress of Shere. Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully. The key to understanding the tragedy was an innocent visit to the village of Shere in the summer of 1967. as when they do it from religious conviction. Blaise Pascal, Pensees. It seemed at first mere eccentricity, as with all such things in England. Soon it became a murderous obsession that would span more than six hundred years, and inflict on its victims a terrible fate. The season was warm and gentle

Paul Leslie Moorcraft (born 1948 in Cardiff, Wales) is the Director of the Centre for Foreign Policy Analysis . Anchoress of Shere was the runner up in 2003 for the Benjamin Franklin Awards, and the Foreword Magazine Book of the Year

Paul Leslie Moorcraft (born 1948 in Cardiff, Wales) is the Director of the Centre for Foreign Policy Analysis in London and a visiting professor at Cardiff University's School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies. Anchoress of Shere was the runner up in 2003 for the Benjamin Franklin Awards, and the Foreword Magazine Book of the Year. It was also named "2002 notable mystery of the year" by the US Publishers Weekly. Publishers Weekly, 1 April 2002, p57. The Anchoress’ story is taken up late in this century by deranged Catholic priest Father Michael Duval. Gradually, two separate sagas unfold: the world of the Middle Ages centered on Christine’s entombment, and the 1967 abduction of a young woman from Guildford. In a series of exotic twists, the medieval world of knights, debauchery, peasant uprisings and civil war merges into a modern hunt for a serial killer.

The book briefly covers the military background until independence. The Anchoress of Shere.

President Omar al-Bashir is Africa's and arguably Arabia's most controversial leader. In power since 1989, he is the first sitting head of state to be issued with an arrest warrant, for war crimes, by International Criminal Court. He has been a central personality in Islamic and African politics, as well as a love-to-hate figure for the US in the 'war on terror'. The book briefly covers the military background until independence. Then it dissects the long north-south civil war until Bashir's Islamist military coup in 1989. Author: Paul Moorcraft.

Praise for Anchoress of Shere. This engrossing, subtle historical centers on a spiritual quest into Christian mysticism and smoothly alternates between past and present.

Set in two different centuries, Anchoress of Shere depicts the story of a beautiful young woman, Christine Carpenter, who chooses to be walled up alive in a church in. .Anchoress of Shere - Paul Moorcraft.

Set in two different centuries, Anchoress of Shere depicts the story of a beautiful young woman, Christine Carpenter, who chooses to be walled up alive in a church in the English town of Shere. The historical records, which still exist, put the date at 1329. The 20th century chronicler of her story is Father Michael Duval, a deranged Catholic priest. Gradually, two separate sagas unfold: the bizarre world of the Middle Ages centered on Christine's entombment, and the 1967 abduction of Marda Stewart in nearby Guildford.

Dr. Paul L. Moorcraft, a former war correspondent and film-producer, has written a series of books on politics, military and crime.

By (author) Paul L. Moorcraft. Free delivery worldwide. Dr. After twenty-five years of travelling, he settled in Shere to write this book. His autobiographical Guns & Poses: Travels with an Occasional War Correspondent was published in 2001.

In 1329, a beautiful Surrey woman is walled up alive in the village church of Shere. The Anchoress' story is taken up late in this century by deranged Catholic priest Father Michael Duval. Gradually, two separate sagas unfold: the world of the Middle Ages centered on Christine's entombment, and the 1967 abduction of a young woman from Guildford. In a series of exotic twists, the medieval world of knights, debauchery, peasant uprisings and civil war merges into a modern hunt for a serial killer. The tragedy of the anchoress is based upon historical facts, yet it is also an exploration of the most dramatic themes of today: sexual freedom, and the power of belief, spiritual bondage and the individual search for self-fulfillment. Above all, this is a gripping adventure story of a love so obsessive that it spans more than 600 years.
  • I was expecting more about the concept of an Anchoress in the middle ages, but what I read was a more romantic/erotic version of young women in peril by demented men. The author should have just stayed with the story of Christine Carpenter and forget about linking the story with a modern 1960's woman.

  • A good novel moving from the middle ages to the 1960's (back and forth), religious obsession, madness, crime and history!

  • In 1392 in what is now the quaint town of Shere in Surrey, England Christine Carpenter willing locked herself away from the rest of the world in an attempt to reach a state of oneness with God while still living on the mortal plane. Almost six hundred years later, fanatical Catholic Priest Michael Duval became fascinated with what Christine and other Anchoresses like her tried to do and decided to flesh out her story in a novel.

    However, Michael's muse has deserted him so he is going to do what he has tried to do five times before. He is going to kidnap a young woman and incarcerate her in a specially created cell in his basement. He is then going to teach her about religion so that she can become "his" modern day Christine and he will able to finish his book. He successfully kidnaps Marda Stewart who, unlike her predecessors, intends to live to tell the tale about the killer priest.

    Paul Moorcraft captures the atmosphere of fourteenth century England to perfection while telling Christine's "story". He also shows the mindset of a serial killer through his actions and thoughts. Though six centuries separate the two stories, they are held together by an intriguing plot that will keep the reader turning the pages until they finish this very unusual but nonetheless fascinating tale.

    Harriet Klausner

  • Julian of Norwich is the best-known medieval English anchoress, but her life is too sane for Dr. Moorcroft. His sado-masochistic novel features a little-known lapsed anchoress, Christine Carpenter of Shere. Raped by the Lord of the Manor only in Dr. Moorcraft's lurid fiction, she walls herself up in conditions no medieval parish would accept. He matches this with Michael Duval, a demented 1960s Catholic priest who kidnaps and tortures young women so that they may "become" his fantasy girlfriend, Christine. Dr. Moorcroft misses no possible cliche, no imaginable foolish error, no modern superstition about the actual Middle Ages. He hasn't got a good grip on the 1960s either. The last of Duval's victims, Marda Stewart, is a remarkably stupid young woman, who survives mostly by accident and her genuine cooperation with her captor's fantasies. In this book no one thinks; "instinct" and "intuition" rule. I felt extremely sorry for the real Christine Carpenter, a confused but earnest young woman, who honestly tried a difficult vocation and failed.

  • Marda Stewart is drawn to the village of Shere after visiting St. James's church but she has no idea of what a profound impact this decision will have on her life. She soon meets Father Michael Duval. Duval has become obsessed with the story of Christine Carpenter, entombed within the walls of the church in 1329 when she become the anchoress. As Father Duval writes about Christine's life he feels the need to recreate her entombment and focuses on Marda to mold into his perfect recreation of Christine. This is a tightly woven suspense novel that focuses on a fascinating historical figure and reading it has caused me to want to know more about the Anchoress of Shere. I have already started searching the web and looking for books and although there are many theories, no one knows exactly what happened to her. This book is currently being published in the U.S. after it became a success in England and there is also talk of turning this into a movie.

  • The Anchoress of Shere is a fascinating book. I don't know that I think of it so much as a mystery, although certainly the crime is the anchor of the story, as an captivating story of obsession and insanity versus intellect and courage. The story alternates between 1967 and the 1300's, but each supports, rather than detracts from, the other.

    This was a one-sitting, don't-interrupt-me, read. The quality of writing is first rate.

    This is a book I can, and do, highly recommend.

    2002 Top Ten Read - Obsession and insanity versus intellect and courage.

  • Moorcraft's book, The Anchoress of Shere," is a tremendously gripping read. He chillingly weaves two stories -- one about a young anchoress in the 14th Century who walls herself into a church after a debauched attack; the other set in modern times that tracks the abduction of a young woman by a serial killer. Naturally, the two stories converge -- but to tell how and why would ruin the experience. Moorcraft's work is an excellent escape book: his voices are pitch-perfect, the history is spot-on, and the plot can only propel the reader forward. It is not for insomnia.

  • Alas! An intriguing topic and a book with much potential, which is undone by poor writing! Moorcraft is at his worst when he attempts to write dialogue, which is as bad as that in any supermarket variety bodice-ripper. Who could get into the head of a 14th century anchorite? Surely not Mr. Moorcraft.Three stars for selecting an alluring topic, though.