The Raven's Quest: A Historical Mystery [NOOK Book]

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In late 1065, Roger Corbeau loses his soul for coveting his older brother Hugh's inheritance of their father's Barony. When both fall ill with the pestilence, Hugh dies, and Roger, near death, has a fever dream in which he kills a wolf-like monster, guarding the Corbeau Manor, thats turns into his brother. A striking, fire-haired lady wath a raven on her rm appears and tells him he has committed a mortal sin.  He must undertake an unknown quest to regain his soul. He survives the illness but feels ...
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The Raven's Quest: A Historical Mystery

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In late 1065, Roger Corbeau loses his soul for coveting his older brother Hugh's inheritance of their father's Barony. When both fall ill with the pestilence, Hugh dies, and Roger, near death, has a fever dream in which he kills a wolf-like monster, guarding the Corbeau Manor, thats turns into his brother. A striking, fire-haired lady wath a raven on her rm appears and tells him he has committed a mortal sin.  He must undertake an unknown quest to regain his soul. He survives the illness but feels responsible for his brother's death and becomes despondent. In early 1066, Abbot Lanfranc, a family friend and counselor to Duke William of Norandy, is on his way to  Rome to petition the Pope for the designation "Dei Gratia Rex Anglorum" in support of the Duke's claim to the throne of England, and asks Roger to accompany him. Two of Roger's friends, Diego a half-Moorish school mate of Spanish nobility, and Juegen, a recently met  Saxon scop/jongluer exiled due to his epilepsy, join the journey. The Pope agrees to the request, and charges Roger with escorting His legate, bearing the formal Papal Declaration and gifts for the Duke, from Tournus on the river Saône in Burgundy to Normandy. But the delegation is slaughtered beforing reaching Tournus near the village of Le Villars. Yet the legate is not among the bodies. He and the Pope's parcel have disappeared. The mystery plays out through two important occurrences that underlie the story. The first is the historical melding of the Norse and Christian cultures in Normandy. The Lady and the raven in the fever dream, symbolize the Norse "Hero's Quest" in which a dragon has a pivotal role . Juergen believes Roger to be on a Heros's quest, that the lady in his dream is a Valkyrie, and the raven one of Odin's two messengers, and that he,Juergen, was sent to encourage and assist Roger on his quest.The Hero's Quest contributes to the Christian Code of Chivalry. The second is the c onfluence of the "quests" of three other major characters: Loup,the  Wolfman, leader of a local band of thieves; Genevieve (and her brother Braque), orphans living at the St. Madeleine Church and Convent/Hospital in Le Villars; and Gilbert Gros, the only good member of a tyrannical and corrupt family, the liege lords of the region. 
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940015005974
  • Publisher: Publish Green
  • Publication date: 7/24/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Tricia C. Corbett is a former publications editor and magazine editor at the University of Utah School of Medicine, and a member of the faculty at the University of Washington. She has long been a student of history, particularly those periods that coincide with her Corbett family genealogy. During her childhood her father’s sisters entertained her with stories about the Corbett clan, details of which came from the genealogy records of the LDS Church. On her travels she researched the family at the College of Arms in London, and in France.  Visiting various sites in Normandy and the area of Tournus in Burgundy enhanced her depiction of the settings for her first novel, The Raven’s Quest. Her sister, Susan, helped develop plot lines and fictional characters for the novel. The Raven’s Quest protagonist, Roger Corbeau is an ancestor of the author, and was the standard bearer for William the Conqueror during the Battle of Hastings in 1066. After the conquest he took the name FitzCorbet (later to become Corbett), and was designated the Baron of the Pays de Caus in Shropshire on the border with Wales. He played a major role, as a “Marcher Lord”, in calming this disruptive border. Ms. Corbett lives near Seattle with her husband, Robert Barnes. They have two sons.
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