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Subject: Have you read The Illuminator?
Date Posted: 8/10/2009 1:07 PM ET
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Has anyone read this book The Illuminator :: Brenda Rickman Vantrease ? I just finished it and I have to say that I absolutely loved it. I almost didn't read it, the synopsis just didn't make it sound that great. I decided to read it because I will be trading it and I thought let me give it a try before I do. I am so glad that I did. If you are interested in English history 1300's you should read this. It was so good.

Date Posted: 8/10/2009 6:27 PM ET
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Both Kelly and I read The Illuminator, and really enjoyed it.  I also read the sequel The Mercy Seller.  It was good too.  Another book I read and can recommend is Julian's Cell, by Ralph Milton about the anchoress who was a character in The Illuminator. 

Linda

Date Posted: 8/10/2009 6:57 PM ET
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I read and enjoyed The Illuminator. I have to boost the sequel up on my RL.

Date Posted: 8/10/2009 8:18 PM ET
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I also read "The Illuminator" and have the "Mercy Seller" on my TBR shelf,  and enjoyed it.

Amy
Date Posted: 8/11/2009 3:00 PM ET
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I have that book on my TBR pile, so it's good to know that so many people liked it.

Date Posted: 8/11/2009 8:14 PM ET
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Please don't throw rotten eggs, but I have a dissenting opinion.    I appreciated the historical details and accuracy of the book, and really enjoyed reading about the translation of the Bible to English.  But it started to seem a little too much like a soap opera for me.   And I know that the Middle Ages were a very very tough time to be alive, but to have this many things happen to one family was a little hard for me to believe. 



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Date Posted: 8/11/2009 10:32 PM ET
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Lynn, I can appriciate your opinion.  Alot, did happen to this family, but I think that is why I liked it so much.  I love books with lots of twist and turns. I used to love soap opra's when I was a teenager, so maybe that says somthing.  Anyway, I realy enjoyed this book.

Date Posted: 8/12/2009 5:29 PM ET
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I loved this book!  Have the sequel in my tbr.

Date Posted: 8/12/2009 7:25 PM ET
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Please don't throw rotten eggs, but I have a dissenting opinion.

Well, jeez, you're no fun. Poop.

Just kidding! Actually, I found the book very credible because things were hard back then. People were hanged, drawn and quartered. And then hung on poles - sometimes in various parts of the city - as a lesson to others.

Date Posted: 8/12/2009 8:28 PM ET
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I just went to my local book store and did the unthinkable, I ordered the sequal.  I just can't wait as long as will take to get off of my wishlist.

Date Posted: 8/12/2009 8:31 PM ET
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Actually, I found the book very credible because things were hard back then. People were hanged, drawn and quartered. And then hung on poles - sometimes in various parts of the city - as a lesson to others.

Oh I know.  They didn't call them the Dark Ages for nothing.   Pillars is one of my favorite books, and there is plenty of violence in that book.   What I found hard to swallow in The Illuminator was that all of this happened to one family. 

Date Posted: 8/12/2009 8:52 PM ET
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They didn't call them the Dark Ages for nothing.   Pillars is one of my favorite books ...

Well, technically, it wasn't the Dark Ages. Those ended in the 800s. If I remember correctly, Illuminator took place in the 14th or 15th century and centered around the Lollard movement.

That makes it the late Middle Ages. But things were still violent nonetheless. Especially when religion was involved. (Come to think on it, maybe we haven't advanced so much even today.)

And stuff did happen to whole families. Take Richard III. Lost his child, his wife and his own life in the space of two years. His nephews, the princes? We don't know what happened to them to this day. One brother executed by another. Another brother killed on the battlefield.

Them was rough times.

As for Pillars, if you mean Pillars of the Earth, the irony is that while it's entertaining, one of the most frequent criticisms about it is its inaccuracy.

(I hope you don't consider this throwing eggs. I love a good debate.)