Pdf/E–book [Book Of Colours] » Robyn Cadwallader


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  • Book Of Colours
  • Robyn Cadwallader
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  • 22 October 2018
  • 9781460756751

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Summary Book Of Colours ë PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Iling and turbulent world of the early fourteenth century; what power they have how they wield it and just how temporary and conditional it isRich deep sensuous and full of life Book of Colours is also most movingly a profoundly beautiful story about creativity and connection and our instinctive need to understand our world and communicate with others through the pages of a book'Robyn Cadwallader fashions words with the same delicate colourful intensity that her 14th century illuminators brought to their illustrated manuscripts Book of Colours brings alive a harsh but rich past filled with the fantasies fears sly wit and tender longings of the medieval imagination' Sarah Dunant'Book of Colours shows the depth of possibility a book might hold all the while shimmering with the beauty and fragility of an ancient. I really love a good historical novel but often hesitate picking one up because they can be hit and miss for me To make it a great read the author not only needs to be well informed about the era but also have the skills of creating vivid characters and an atmospheric setting to facilitate the perfect time travel experience Not an easy task and I am not picky at all lol I am happy to say that Robyn Cadwallader has those superpowers which made this book a wonderful reading experience and I am mad at myself for letting this sit on my shelf for so longThe medieval times have always held a special fascination for me and Book of Colours is set in the dark times of 14th century Britain At the time persistently cool and wet weather conditions made crops fail and led to one of the biggest famines in Britain s history causing a huge increase in disease and a death toll of up to 25% of the population On top of the natural hardships there was crime war and unrest to contend with and unemployment was rife Whilst some people still believed the church s claim that it was the will of God others began to uestion their faith and reliance on a seemingly cruel God With the creation of her unforgettable characters Cadwallader manages to not only capture this atmosphere of upheaval but also the mindset of the people during those difficult times and yet it remains a story of hope and survival which left a warm glow in my heartAnyone with a love for books and art will appreciate the intricate details Cadwallader shares about the creation of a medieval book of hours a richly illuminated tome of prayers and psalms commissioned by one of the rich landowner s wives Cadwallader s extensive knowledge of the subject becomes obvious as she describes the processes involved in the making of the book the preparation of the parchment the mixing of the paints from substances such as bone plants urine and precious metals the processes of carefully constructing the pictures that will do justice to the religious texts The author s skill lies in seamlessly weaving these details into a story about the everyday lives of the limners working on the book each bringing with them their own histories pasts and secrets that shape their particular style of art The role of women in medieval society is explored through the character of Gemma a talented limner from a long line of artists who as a female is not allowed to officially work in her role but must paint under her husband s name She rebels against society in her own way not only by secretly painting in the book of hours but also by writing a book on the art of illumination for her son an apprentice limner which was so interesting that I couldn t get enough of it I was so fascinated by Cadwallader s descriptions that I spent hours googling images of books of hours remembering seeing them on visits to museums in Europe where they still offer valuable glimpses into this distant past The artwork in some of them is incredible and I could appreciate the many months the fictional limners spent on illustrating Lady Mathilda s book With the beauty of the artwork offset against the harsh environment and living conditions I felt instantly transported back into history not only immensely enjoying this virtual time travel but also learning so much along the way I am so infinitely grateful that owning books is no longer just a privilege of the rich I also loved the despair of those tumultuous times reflected in small details Cadwallader includes in her story such as the supernatural element of the gargoyle following Will s every footstep as a symbol of his demonsIn summary if you appreciate a well written historical novel brimming with fascinating detail of the era then I strongly recommend this book Personally I loved every step of the journey and I feel that I have learned a lot about medieval art that has given me a whole new appreciation for the courage of our ancestors finding beauty despite hardship and gratitude for all the privileges we take for granted today especially books 45 stars Thank you to Netgalley and HarperCollins Australia for the free electronic copy of this novel and for giving me the opportunity to provide an honest review blog facebook instagram The Archetype of Initiation yet it remains a story of hope and survival which left a warm glow in my heartAnyone with a love for books and art will appreciate the intricate details Cadwallader shares about the creation of a medieval book of hours a richly illuminated tome of prayers and psalms commissioned by one of the rich landowner s wives Cadwallader s extensive knowledge of the subject becomes obvious as she describes the processes involved in the making of the book the preparation of the parchment the mixing of the paints from substances such as bone plants urine and precious metals the processes of carefully constructing the pictures that will do justice to the religious texts The author s skill lies in seamlessly weaving these details into a story about the everyday lives of the limners working on the book each bringing with them their own histories pasts and secrets that shape their particular style of art The role of women in medieval society is explored through the character of Gemma a talented limner from a long line of artists who as a female is not allowed to officially work in her role but must paint under her husband s name She rebels against society in her own way not only by secretly painting in the book of hours but also by writing a book on the art of illumination for her son an apprentice limner which was so interesting that I couldn t get enough of it I was so fascinated by Cadwallader s descriptions that I spent hours googling images of books of hours remembering seeing them on visits to museums in Europe where they still offer valuable glimpses into this distant past The artwork in some of them is incredible and I could appreciate the many months the fictional limners spent on illustrating Lady Mathilda s book With the beauty of the artwork offset against the harsh environment and living conditions I felt instantly transported back into history not only immensely enjoying this virtual time travel but also learning so much along the way I am so infinitely grateful that owning books is no longer just a privilege of the rich I also loved the despair of those tumultuous times reflected in small details Cadwallader includes in her story such as the supernatural element of the gargoyle following Will s every footstep as a symbol of his demonsIn summary if Duplicity you appreciate a well written historical novel brimming with fascinating detail of the era then I strongly recommend this book Personally I loved every step of the journey and I feel that I have learned a lot about medieval art that has given me a whole new appreciation for the courage of our ancestors finding beauty despite hardship and gratitude for all the privileges we take for granted today especially books 45 stars Thank Don't Try This at Home How to Win a Sumo Match Catch a Great White Shark Start an Independent Nation and Other Extraordinary Feats For Ordinary People you to Netgalley and HarperCollins Australia for the free electronic copy of this novel and for giving me the opportunity to provide an honest review blog facebook instagram

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Summary Book Of Colours ë PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Gilded page' Eleanor Limprecht'Extraordinary a real sensory experience suffused with colours' ABC Radio National The BookshelfPraise for The Anchoress'So beautiful so rich so strange unexpected and thoughtful also suspenseful I loved this book' Elizabeth Gilbert author of Eat Pray Love'Affecting finely drawn a considerable achievement' Sarah Dunant New York Times'Elegant and elouent' Irish Mail'Cadwallader's writing evokes a heightened attention to the senses you might never read a novel so sensuous yet unconcerned with romantic love For this alone it is worth seeking out But also because The Anchoress achieves what every historical novel attempts reimagining the past while opening a new window like a suint perhaps to our present lives' Sydney Morning Herald'A novel of page turning grace' Newtown Review of Boo. I m gonna flick this back to my Want to read list as well as give it a DNF mention at 20% because I m finding it just too dull and complicated to be entertaining enough to read on my phoneIt seems like there s a decent story lurking in it s pages and I AM really keen to read it but the e book format is just not going to work for me here So I m benching it til I pick up a physical copyThanks to Netgalley for the opportunity but sorry it didn t work out

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Summary Book Of Colours ë PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free From Robyn Cadwallader author of the internationally acclaimed novel The Anchoress comes a deeply profound and moving novel of the importance of creativity and the power of connection told through the story of the commissioning of a gorgeously decorated medieval manuscript a Book of Hours London 1321 In a small shop in Paternoster Row three people are drawn together around the creation of a magnificent book an illuminated manuscript of prayers a book of hours Even though the commission seems to answer the aspirations of each one of them their own desires and ambitions threaten its completion As each struggles to see the book come into being it will change everything they have understood about their place in the world In many ways this is a story about power it is also a novel about the place of women in the ro. To own a book especially a beautifully illuminated Book of Hours was a sign of wealth and prestige in the 14th Century This very engaging novel is about the making of such a book by John Dancastera London illuminator or limner and his atelier His wife Gemma herself a skilled limner newly apprenticed son Nick and his senior apprentice Benedict all assist in either the making of the colours drawing the decorations or the elaborate task of layering on the colours and gold leaf when reuired To assist in such a massive job John also hires a skilled limner newly arrived from Cambridge William Asshe and much of the story is seen through his eyesI really enjoyed the detailed description of the illustrating of the book Each chapter is prefaced by a little gem of an excerpt from a book that Gemma is secretly writing on the art of illumination for Nick As a woman Gemma cannot be acknowledged as a limner and must hide how much she helps out when actually she is a wonderful artist I also enjoyed the description of the type of illuminations used to illustrate the text the beautiful letters at the start of the text religious scenes from the bible gorgeous vines and fruit and flowers in the margins but also the whimsical scenes of ordinary men and woman and amusing animalsThe Book of Hours in this novel is being made for a wealthy noblewoman Lady Mathilda Fitzjohn as a status symbol to help her show to the world her family s improving status She has asked that it not only contain prayers and texts to help her pray but illustrations that would reference her and her husband s families and prospects At the time the book is commissioned 1320 her husband Robert has been called to fight against King Edward II and his favourite Hugh Despenser who he has allowed to seize power and property Mathilda s story is told in chapters alternating with the illumination of the book as she waits for the revolt to end and her family s fate to be known The writing is just as luscious as the descriptions of the illuminations and I enjoyed the details of the process as much as the overall story and historical setting With thanks to Netgalley and the publisher Harper Collins for a digital copy of the book to read


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    Read & Download Book Of Colours Pdf/E–book [Book Of Colours] » Robyn Cadwallader Robyn Cadwallader Õ 5 Summary My ViewA fantastic read that has a Dickenson like bleakness juxtaposed against the passion and the colour of the limners for their craft; a blackgrey existence versus illumination and colour creativity life In de

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    Read & Download Book Of Colours Pdf/E–book [Book Of Colours] » Robyn Cadwallader review ß PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Õ Robyn Cadwallader I really love a good historical novel but often hesitate picking one up because they can be hit and miss for me To make it a

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    Pdf/E–book [Book Of Colours] » Robyn Cadwallader ‘If you touch the page it’s smooth and fine’In fourteenth century England books are rare and treasured items They are often symbols of wealth and status who else apart from wealthy nobles and the church could afford to commission a book? In London in 1321 during a rebellion against Edward II and his hated favourite Hugh Despenser work is scarce In John Dancaster’s small shop on Paternoster Row a small

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    Pdf/E–book [Book Of Colours] » Robyn Cadwallader It has taken me so long to finish this book Part of that was Christmas holidaysend of yearholiday plans etc but the real reason is I never felt particularly invested in this story unfortunately I was determined to read it to the end b

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    Read & Download Book Of Colours review ß PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Õ Robyn Cadwallader Robyn Cadwallader Õ 5 Summary I'm gonna flick this back to my 'Want to read' list as well as give it a DNF mention at 20% because I'm finding it just too dull and complicated to be entertaining enough to read on my phoneIt seems like there's a decent story lurking in it's pages and I AM really keen to read it but the e book format is just not going to work for

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    Read & Download Book Of Colours Robyn Cadwallader Õ 5 Summary review ß PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Õ Robyn Cadwallader Beautifully detailed prose; fascinating sense of time's complexities; good gravy I loved it

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    Pdf/E–book [Book Of Colours] » Robyn Cadwallader Book of Colours is an historical fiction novel by Australian author Robyn Cadwallader and is set in London's Paternoster Row in the 1320s A noblewoman has commissioned the creation of a book of hours a decorated medieval manuscript and the novel is about the stationer's shop lucky enough to secure the valuable commission and the people who illuminate the pagesThis book was right up my alley as I've always be

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