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An Early Fall

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James IV's war with England is a fool's errand and is certain to bring tragedy to many a household in the Scottish Borders. But even before its men answer King James' call to arms, Newark Castle suffers tragedy of its own. On a rainy morning in August 1513, Peter Wemyss, master of the stables, is found stabbed to death and Rachel Tanner, a serving maid, has gone missing. Are Father Francis' prayers for peace simply born of a delusion? Or will they be answered for the aging Sir Alexander Guthrie, who must leave ...
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Overview

James IV's war with England is a fool's errand and is certain to bring tragedy to many a household in the Scottish Borders. But even before its men answer King James' call to arms, Newark Castle suffers tragedy of its own. On a rainy morning in August 1513, Peter Wemyss, master of the stables, is found stabbed to death and Rachel Tanner, a serving maid, has gone missing. Are Father Francis' prayers for peace simply born of a delusion? Or will they be answered for the aging Sir Alexander Guthrie, who must leave one violence only to lead his men another? For his wife, Margaret, and their steward, Findlay MacCulloch, who must pick up the pieces left behind? For the eighty men of Newark and Selkirk marching to Flodden, caught in a web not of their own making? For Father Francis himself, whose loss of Rachel is perhaps greatest of all? Is there room for grace in such a world, or will revenge and violence have the final say?
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Rev. Maurice Houston
I enjoyed the historical setting not just because he is good at giving the mood of people in a rural community in feudal times (the local lord calling the people to fight with him and feeling responsible for them) but because of the Christian undertone and setting.
This is a gripping novel about the variety and difficulty of people’s lives and about the lasting effects of the apparently small choices they make and about the grace that can still be present in even the worst of them.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781456581251
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/3/2011
  • Pages: 236
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

The novels I write are historical fiction. Simply put, I enjoy thinking about these periods in history - medieval Scotland and first-century Palestine - the interests of the people, the challenges they faced, the joys that they experienced because of their historical circumstances.

My interest in the Scottish Middle Ages in large part grew out of my heritage. A descendant of emigrant Scots from the 1760s, I studied medieval Scottish literature at the University of York in England, and I have published articles on 15th-century Scottish literature and history and an edition of the last part of "The Meroure of Wyssdome," published by the Scottish Text Society in 1990. The "Meroure" features prominently in "An Early Fall."

I live in Bristol, Tennessee, with Karen, my wife of 35 years, and two cats and two dogs. Our daughter, Kate, and her husband, Justin Reynolds, live in the Borders of Scotland, not far from where the action in the Scottish stories take place. Our son, Seth, and his wife, Kristine, live in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Since 1982 (with a brief vocational detour), I have taught in the English Department at King College. My hobbies are reading, writing, gardening, carpentry, and watching British mysteries with Karen.

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