In the Falcon's Claw: A Novel of the Year 1000

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In the year 998 A.D., the Apocalypse is believed imminent. Strengthened by a fearful and superstitious populace, the Church is seeking to harness a decaying Holy Roman Empire by asserting its absolute authority in interpreting the will of God. Aileran, a monk perceived as saintly, takes issue with the Church and is accused of heresy. Based on real events, places, and people, In the Falcon's Claw magically evokes the political and pastoral landscapes of tenth-century while exploring love, friendship and timeless spiritual and religious questions.

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Chet Raymo is professor emeritus of physics and astronomy at Stonehill College in Massachusetts. He is teacher, naturalist, and former science columnist for the Boston Globe.

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In this first novel by Boston Globe science columnist and nonfiction author ( Honey from Stone and Soul of the Night ), the portents, superstitions and papal machinations of the impending millennium furnish a provocative setting for interplay between historical and created characters. Framed as both an eloquent memoir of the fictional Irish monk Aileran and a defense against accusations of his heresy, the narrative is in episodic and evocative form. Aileran recounts his life and loves to the captivating friend of his youth, Gerbert, with whom Aileran traveled and shared illicit pleasures, and who later assumed the tiara as the powerful prelate Sylvester II. Aileran's life and times are forged by contrast as he struggles with questions of faith and spirit. As a novice, he is the only survivor of a gruesome Viking raid. As monk-tutor to beautiful Melisande, he masks his desire by instructing her in Ovid's poetry--but only until a ripe time arrives for the lovers, and the subsequent price is more costly than either could have imagined. Raymo's elegant prose and his fidelity to historical detail distinguish [...] this well-crafted, often moving novel.
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