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The Long Fall

The Long Fall

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by Penelope Wilcock

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14th-century Yorkshire, the time of Chaucer

Peregrine, strong and beloved abbot of St. Alcuin’s monastery, suffers a stroke. Now incapacitated, he begins an arduous recovery with the help of his brothers in the infirmary.

Brother Tom, the young monk closest to him, is horrified by the suffering Peregrine’s illness has inflicted. He keeps his


14th-century Yorkshire, the time of Chaucer

Peregrine, strong and beloved abbot of St. Alcuin’s monastery, suffers a stroke. Now incapacitated, he begins an arduous recovery with the help of his brothers in the infirmary.

Brother Tom, the young monk closest to him, is horrified by the suffering Peregrine’s illness has inflicted. He keeps his distance, out of his depth. How will he find the courage to make this demanding journey of vulnerability with his friend? How will they communicate, now that Peregrine can no longer speak? How will Tom respond to the terrible, secret promise his abbot asks him to make?

In this journey to the depths of humanity, the two men discover together the treasures of darkness and the intimate mystery of compassion. Engaging and beautifully written, warm and haunting, The Long Fall concludes the first trilogy in the Hawk and the Dove series.

Editorial Reviews

Mel Starr
“Not to be missed.”
Midwest Book Review
“Poignant, moving, rich with imagery and emotion . . . Modern readers will easily identify with each character in Wilcock’s timeless human drama. Highly recommended reading.”

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Crossway Books
Publication date:
The Hawk and the Dove Ser.
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U.S. ed

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Meet the Author

Penelope Wilcock is the author of The Hawk and the Dove Series and many other books such as In Celebration of Simplicity and 100 Stand-Alone Bible Studies. She has many years of experience as a Methodist minister and has worked as a hospice and school chaplain. She has five adult daughters and lives in Hastings, East Sussex.

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The Long Fall 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
loriweller1 More than 1 year ago
The Long Fall is the conclusion in the series of the three. It is basically a story of the monks at a monastary during the 1300's. It includes the death of a leading monk in the books. I received the book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
grammy57 More than 1 year ago
This is the 3rd book in the series and is just as good as the first two. This one is a little different in that it does not switch between the modern day family and the Monks of old. This is a well written book, mostly centered around the Abbott and Brother Tom. The story flows well, the characters are well established. The book causes a lot of self inspection if you would do it. This story is especially meaningful to me as my mom had a head injury from a fall. I can see my mom in the Abbott and myself in Tom. I recommend this book to anyone wanting a good read. This book was given me by bookfun.org in exchange for my honest review.
annelr More than 1 year ago
The Long Fall, third in The Hawk and The Dove series, is an amazing story of friendship, faith, and fealty. The present-day framework (a mother passing down long ago tales to her daughter) of the first two books is no longer used in this book. The Long Fall also differs from the first two as it recounts the tale of Brother Thomas and Father Peregrine's relationship rather than a series of stories about various brothers in the monastery. The author, Penelope Wilcock, has given an interesting background of a medieval monastery as she tells of the apparent stroke of Father Peregrine and the ensuing reactions of Brother Thomas. In this story of illness and rehabilitation, and then ultimately death, there is an extraordinary portrayal of realistic human emotions--angst and anger, at self and at God, devastation and despair, horror and hope and ultimately sadness and sorrow. Wilcock's characterization of the caregivers at the infirmary is emotionally realistic. Being in the medical field myself, as I read the passages dealing with the physical care of the incontinent, confused and senile brothers, I just hoped the care I gave over the years to patients in my care was as compassionate and caring as that portrayed by the author. The story dealt with a number of issues of the vulnerability of man, i.e., paralysis, dysphasia, euthanasia, and death in a very thought provoking manner. ""He's your friend, he's sick, he needs you." (pg. 76) "'Dying is a tedious business.' You sound as though you're talking about the weather." (pg. 130-1) Father Peregrine, despite his halting voice and infirm body, continues his mentor role to Thomas, his former aide, as he struggles to make Thomas see the humanity is not flesh and blood but the breath of God in man and as such human life is sacred. An absolutely amazing book of gentleness and kindness and compassion. I received a copy of this book through The Book Club Network (bookfun.org) in exchange for my honest review. I have posted reviews on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Deepershopping.com, Christianbook.com, Bookfun.org, Booksamillion.com, and GoodReads.
BillieKay More than 1 year ago
If you have read Books 1 and 2 of Penelope Wilcock’s series set in a 14th century monastery, you will want to read Book 3 to find out the rest of Father Peregrine’s story. While this volume could stand alone, I think it will mean more if you have read the first two. If you have not read the first 2 volumes of the series, you should probably get the new 3-in-1 volume to have the trilogy all together. Father Peregrine, the abbot of St. Alcuin’s Abbey, is now 60 and Brother Thomas, his esquire, is 33. Because of a terrible beating years ago, Father Peregrine is disabled and needs a lot of assistance with physical tasks and he and Brother Tom have become very close friends. In this volume, Father Peregrine has a stroke. The very poignant story shows the way the monks handle this in the infirmary. There is a lot of detail about farming of the time as Brother Tom goes out to work on the farm. There is a very deep look at friendship and vulnerability as Brother Tom and Father Peregrine discover an even deeper level of compassion. I recommend this book. I received a copy from the publisher by way of The Book Club Network (bookfun.org) in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of THE LONG FALL by Penelope Wilcock from Lion Hudson in exchange for an honest review. It is book three in the HAWK AND THE DOVE series. I am completely in love with this series and cannot recommend it enough. The readers get to experience love and faith, and although much of it takes place in the past, the reader can recognize many timeless truths. I love historical fiction, so that passion might make me biased towards this series. The reader can learn a lot of the relationship between Father Peregrine and Brother Tom. I can see the reader seeing much of him or herself in both of them. Something else I greatly enjoyed about this series is the way they comfort you. My life has been hectic and sad lately, and I found these books to be a solace. Of the three books in the series, this cover enticed me the most. It gave an eerie, intriguing feel, sucking me deep into another world that left me breathless and yearning for more. The series receives five stars from me and a stamp of approval! If you’re looking for a gift, try giving book one and hooking a new reader on this literary journey.