7 journalers for this copy...
Finally fofum it's off to you in the UK. Hope you enjoy it.
Thanks also for the postcard - what a wonderful looking place!
I enjoyed the story, clearly well researched in terms of the historical context. I do think Woolfolk Cross settled for a 'traditional' romantic novel hidden inside an historical narrative. I know the world was a smaller place in terms of population back then... but surely there would be rather more 'men at arms' around than the constant reappearance of Gerold would suggest? In the end I did feel that Joan became rather stereotypical - hard done by woman forced to do something wild in a man's world but really longing for the love of the one good man in the book...? The 'historial' information, or the suggestions of historical possibilities, could have led to a much more subtle plot and characterisation I think.
However, I read it avidly, enjoyed the story and historical detail and it did send me back to my guidebook to Rome to site the Lateran, Vatican and Leonine Wall!!
Thanks for letting me have this one, Monast. I will send it on its way via the new OBCZ in Hull city centre next time I go into town.
When the book gets to the end of this journey, can you find a way of setting it off again? Thanks!
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
On its travels again. I hope you all enjoy it! Tanks to Monast for setting it free in the first place.
There's little doubt in my mind about the existence of a woman Pope, the few historical elements that exist point to a strong possibility of that being true, and you know what they say, where there is smoke there's bound to be fire. Besides it's common knowledge that the Catholic Church has erased from its memories a lot of things that did happen but were in some way against what it should represent, I'm still amazed that they didn't find a way of erasing the Borgia Pope.
Enjoyed it a lot and was only disappointed by the "love story" bit and the briefness of the description of Joan's papacy when compared with the extent of the description of her early life.
Another Portuguese BCrosser, who's not on the BRay list, asked me to read it before it moves on, since she's a fast reader and Fofum hasn't replied my PM concerning this I'll pass it on to her soon.
Thanks a lot Kizmiaz.
And I liked it a lot, even though I totally agree with the previous JE's concerning the love story... unnecessary, I think. But the weight of it is not too great, not bothering too much.
As for the quick ending, with just some 50 pages for the description of Joan's papacy, is understandable, I believe, once the point was exactly to describe Joan's paths towards it!
Thanks a lot for the opportunity to get to read this one Kizmiaz, as well as Fofum and monast.
Sending PM to bookmanu at once.
28.09.2005 - Sent today! Hope you like it, Bookmanu
I really enjoyed reading this book. I agree with the previous comments regarding the love story angle but found it to be a very good read nevertheless.
Excellent book! The love story seemed a bit unnecessary but the rest was great!.
PMing both people next on the list.