The sword and the miracle : a novel /

by Bragg, Melvyn.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Random House, c1996Edition: 1st U.S. ed.Description: 541 p. : map ; 25 cm.ISBN: 0375500030 (acid-free paper) :.Title notes: c.1 $25.95 2-98Uniform titles: Credo.Subject(s): Bega, Saint, d. 698? -- Fiction | Monastic and religious life of women -- England -- History -- Middle Ages, 600-1500 -- Fiction | Christian women saints -- England -- Fiction | Great Britain -- History -- Anglo Saxon period, 449-1066 -- Fiction | England -- Church history -- 449-1066 -- Fiction | Historical fiction
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

Melvyn Bragg's acclaimed epic novel is set at  the tumultuous dawn of Christianity in Britain and Ireland.  It is a stunning story of adventure and spirituality, war and romance, but it is deeply rooted in Bragg's historical studies of the Dark Ages, and it throws into question our modern-day conceptions of faith, hope, and true love. Two people destined to be lovers sacrifice themselves for what they believe to be a greater destiny.  For the warrior Padric, a charismatic British prince, it is the salvation of his people and homeland from warring Northumbrian overlords; for Bega, a bewitching Irish princess, it is carrying out her self-imposed commitment to spread the word of God.  She, bearing a fragment of the true cross, is gifted with miraculous powers; he is a swordsman without peer.  Their disparate missions send them apart as they travel throughout the frigid wilderness of a primitive England beset by terror and villainy.  Faith is pitched against doubt, spiritual fulfillment against physical desire, romantic ideals against political expediency and pragmatism against theory. The Sword and the Miraclerose quickly to the top of the British bestseller lists, heralded by critics as an absorbing, wonderfully evocative work, several cuts above contemporary attempts at historical fiction.  The reader will find an exciting narrative informed by insight, knowledge and understanding.

"This work was originally published in Great Britain by Hodder & Stoughton, London, in 1996, as Credo"--T.p. verso.

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Library Journal Review

Bragg's title sums up exactly the tension he has created in this solid novel. In seventh-century Ireland, a priest has a vision of the Virgin Mary, who bequeaths him a sliver of the True Cross and tells him to pass it on to a young girl, who will serve the Lord in a remarkable way. That young girl turns out to be Bega, princess in the household the preist serves, and she indeed becomes inbued with her spiritual mission. But she is promised to the brutish Niall O'Neill, even as English prince Padric yearns for her. How Bega works out her destiny is a long time coming‘this book has nearly 700 densely set pages‘and though the prose is at best unremarkable and at times heavy-handed, British TV personality and director Bragg does offer much exacting detail, which draws in the reader and finally culminates in a satisfying read. Bragg was inspired to write this saga, a best seller in Britain, after discovering a lakeside church dedicated to St. Bega in his native Cumbria. A good bet for historical fiction collections.‘Barbara Hoffert, "Library Journal" (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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