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Heresy (Giordano Bruno, Book 1) (urspr publ 2011; utgåvan 2010)

av S. J. Parris (Författare)

Serier: Giordano Bruno (1)

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"Giordano Bruno was a monk, poet, scientist, and magician on the run from the Roman Inquisition on charges of heresy for his belief that the Earth orbits the sun and that the universe is infinite. This alone could have got him burned at the stake, but he was also a student of occult philosophies and magic. In S. J. Parris's gripping novel, Bruno's pursuit of this rare knowledge brings him to London, where he is unexpectedly recruited by Queen Elizabeth I and is sent undercover to Oxford University on the pretext of a royal visitation. Officially Bruno is to take part in a debate on the Copernican theory of the universe; unofficially, he is to find out whatever he can about a Catholic plot to overthrow the queen. His mission is dramatically thrown off course by a series of grisly murders and a spirited and beautiful young woman. As Bruno begins to discover a pattern in these killings, he realizes that no one at Oxford is who he seems to be. Bruno must attempt to outwit a killer who appears obsessed with the boundary between truth and heresy. Like The Dante Club and The Alienist, this clever, sophisticated, exceptionally enjoyable novel is written with the unstoppable narrative propulsion and stylistic flair of the very best historical thrillers.… (mer)
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Titel:Heresy (Giordano Bruno, Book 1)
Författare:S. J. Parris (Författare)
Info:Doubleday (2010), Edition: 1, 448 pages
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Set in Elizabethan England, we see what Oxford was like at that time and how the politics of religion held sway. A philosopher Italian Giordano Bruno is our detective. An excommunicant ex-priest on the run from Rome, he is in the employ of one of the Queen's secret services, asked to find any Catholics still in Oxford. His cover is his scholarly study of astronomy and he goes to Oxford to debate with the Dean of the college. While there, horrific murders occur and Bruno is on the scenes to find out who and why the murders happened. He is not a hard nosed informant, but a realistic appreciator of persons.

John Lee does an excellent job of portraying all the characters involved and making this emotional story come alive. ( )
  Angel.Tatum.Craddock | Dec 17, 2020 |
This is the first in the Giordano Bruno series, and my second reading of this novel.

This novel promised so much more than it delivered. Using Giordano Bruno (an Italian Dominican Friar 1548 – 1600) as the main protagonist was a stroke of inspiration that the Author did not pursue to its full potential, and the title led me to believe that I would be reading a fictional take on the road that led to this man being burnt at the stake for heresy in 1600. Given all the information that is to be found on this extraordinary man, who was living before his time, the Authors character development of him was not only weak but insulting to the Friar himself; a complete opposite to the treatment given to Bruno in “Aegypt” by John Crowley. Instead of utilising the traits of Bruno’s character and weaving them into her novel, the Author tends to dismiss them offhand which placed him in the “too much of the good guy” mould and made him appear a nice man which, given the ideas he had and the times he lived in, he probably wasn’t; but in this I am just speculating. The one thing that the reader may get from the painting of the protagonist in this way is an urge to find out more about the real life happenings of Bruno. Other characters in the novel are treated with the same offhand approach, and none of them were developed to the point where the reader could truly feel compassion for their situation or connect with them in any way. With this said, I will acknowledge that the Author chose her protagonist well, as there is a wealth of information out there for them to be able to develop Bruno in a more believable way, and possibly turn this series into something remarkable.

The book is actually a murder mystery and, in this area the Author did an outstanding job of using this vehicle to get to the religious subtext, and bring it to the forefront. In their descriptions of the horrific murders and torture that are committed in the name of religion throughout this book, the Author reminds us that atrocities have been, and continue to be perpetrated in the name of religion; that modern day conflicts centred around faith, are no less ruthless or determined about cementing the survival of their beliefs than those involved in The Inquisition. The location descriptions actually pull the reader in to the novel more than the characters, and they are made to feel as if they are walking through unsanitary streets and palace grounds and, in some parts of the novel actually fearing for their lives because of their beliefs.

I read this novel twice in the belief, as is sometimes the case when I re-read something, I would pick up on the hidden key that would open it up and reveal all its hidden gems, but this was not to be the case unfortunately. The lack of fleshing out the characters and giving me a protagonist that evoked emotion in me was still there and I had not missed anything in my first read through; this decided my review rating. Personally, I did not think this favourably compared with the two novels mentioned in the synopsis, “the Dante Club by Matthew Pearl or “The Alienist” by Caleb Carr; both novels I found to be infinitely more superior.

However, despite all this, I would recommend this novel to those lovers of the historical fiction genre and especially those who like their history with a slight religious bent.

Originally reviewed on: http://catesbooknuthut.wordpress.com/2013/08/31/review-heresy-giordano-bruno-1-s...




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  TheAcorn | Nov 8, 2019 |
This was a fairly easy reading book, although it was a bit slow to start. The characters weren't particularity interesting, but Parris manages to be fairly even handed in making most of them well rounded, if boring. I'll probably read the next book in the series because I already own it, but I wouldn't go looking for more from this author otherwise. ( )
  Fardo | Oct 15, 2019 |
I’ve been putting off reading this book because it is over 600 pages long. The last book I read that was that long took me over 2 weeks to finish. Not so this one; three days was all it took. Mind you I was away from home with little in the way of distractions except gorgeous scenery and interesting birds and my husband so I maybe had a little more time to read than usual. However it seemed to me that it was a very quick read; that could have something to do with the subtitle which says “An Historical Thriller”.
The year is 1583. Elizabeth I is the ruler of England and Catholicism is banned. Enter Giordano Bruno who was excommunicated from the Catholic church for daring to try to understand the secrets of the universe. Since he fled Italy he has taught and studied in France where he came to the attention and favour of King Henri. Recently he left France to try his fortunes in England. An old friend recommended him to Elizabeth’s spymaster Sir Francis Walsingham and now Bruno is on his way to Oxford to try to sniff out Catholics who may be plotting to overthrow the Queen. Ostensibly he is accompanying a royal guest and debating the question of whether the sun revolves around the earth or the earth revolves around the sun (which Bruno believes). His debating opponent is Rector Underhill of Lincoln College and it is in Lincoln College that Bruno resides. The first night he meets Sophia Underhill the Rector’s daughter who has been educated unlike most gentlewomen of the time. Sophia is also lovely and Bruno is soon smitten with her. However soon he has other things to concern himself with as a professor of the college is horribly killed the next morning. Bruno was one of the first to witness the corpse and he agreed to help in the investigation because Rector Underhill didn’t want to involve the authorities in college affairs. Bodies start to pile up in the College and it becomes clear that each person slain has been made to appear like one of the martyrs depicted in Foxxe’s Book of Martyrs which is Rector Underhill’s special field of study. So is the college under attack or Underhill himself or is there some other purpose for the deaths? It is all revealed by the end.
Here is a fine book for fans of C. J. Sansome’s Shardlake series or Ariana Franklin’s Mistress of the Art of Death series. And it appears there is another book to follow. ( )
  gypsysmom | Aug 30, 2018 |
One of my most powerful memories from my first trip to Rome is of lunch eaten in the Campo dei Fiori, in the shadow of the great brooding statue of Bruno, and I’ve long been keen to learn more about him. Historical fiction was an appealing place to start. Parris’s first novel introduces us to Bruno in his mid-thirties, already hounded across Europe by the Inquisition for his heterodox beliefs. Finding refuge in England in 1583, he accompanies his friend Sir Philip Sidney to Oxford, where he swiftly finds himself caught up in a web of murder, danger and espionage...

For the full review, please see my blog:
https://theidlewoman.net/2018/07/05/heresy-s-j-parris/ ( )
  TheIdleWoman | Jul 6, 2018 |
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"On the whole, though, Heresy is fascinatingly sincere, with no higher aim than to be as good an example of its type as it can."
tillagd av bookfitz | ändraThe Guardian, John O'Connell (Mar 12, 2010)
 
"Parris, an economical writer, keeps the mysticism in check as she portrays Bruno, with his sly, agile intelligence, encountering the dark, introverted world of Oxford, where fear and suspicion prevail."
 
"Spirited storytelling, an appealing sleuth and a cool, mutilated villain will lead readers to hope this is the launch of a series."
tillagd av bookfitz | ändraKirkus Reviews (Dec 15, 2009)
 

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"Giordano Bruno was a monk, poet, scientist, and magician on the run from the Roman Inquisition on charges of heresy for his belief that the Earth orbits the sun and that the universe is infinite. This alone could have got him burned at the stake, but he was also a student of occult philosophies and magic. In S. J. Parris's gripping novel, Bruno's pursuit of this rare knowledge brings him to London, where he is unexpectedly recruited by Queen Elizabeth I and is sent undercover to Oxford University on the pretext of a royal visitation. Officially Bruno is to take part in a debate on the Copernican theory of the universe; unofficially, he is to find out whatever he can about a Catholic plot to overthrow the queen. His mission is dramatically thrown off course by a series of grisly murders and a spirited and beautiful young woman. As Bruno begins to discover a pattern in these killings, he realizes that no one at Oxford is who he seems to be. Bruno must attempt to outwit a killer who appears obsessed with the boundary between truth and heresy. Like The Dante Club and The Alienist, this clever, sophisticated, exceptionally enjoyable novel is written with the unstoppable narrative propulsion and stylistic flair of the very best historical thrillers.

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