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Ratscalibur gWho knew there was so much blooduts spilled over the anabaptist heresy This 768 page page turner never lacks for action as the title character a shady Vatican secre I smile No plan can take everything into account Other people will raise their heads others will desert Time will The Million Dollar Goal (The Million Dollar Series, go on spreading victory and defeat among those who pursue struggleThere is a scene in Alan Bennett s History Boys where the instructor tells his students if you want to know about Stalin you should study Henry VIII I felt similar illustrations throughout this sprawling epic Recurring tensions and responses proliferate through history Well over a month was spent with a month occupied otherwise by the World Cup and numerous intrigues into the depths of Derrida and Foucault The baggy novel concerns millenarianism but in the befogged era of the religious wars and the Reformation Street Fighting Men battle princes and papaluards while revolutions orange and velvet The Selected Poems give way to failed Springs and betrayed Thaws The narrative as such concerns two men eually unknown with protean noms deuerre they act observe and operate for the opposing forces in this weird rethink of early modernity Luther Blissett is the pseudonym for four politically radical Italian novelists who will later in another incarnation be known as Wu Ming This creative endeavor finds its historical subject in a most messy marriage one that A Shark Never Sleeps: Wheeling and Dealing with the NFL's Most Ruthless Agent gleams even as it oozes This is one of the most challenging books I ve read and I vacillated between loving and hating it So to be fair I d really like toive this 35 stars but it seemed worthy of rounding up rather than downIt became obvious very early on in the piece that this book would be very difficult because of my lack of background knowledge of the Reformation and papal intrigues There is an enormous cast of characters often bearing similar names there s Jans and Johans than you can poke a stick at But my edition had a helpful appendix with portraits of the historical figures and that made the reading somewhat easier Another difficulty I encountered was the ever shifting identity of the protagonist We never learn the original or true name of the hero of this book and keeping up with his aliases through the non linear time shifts kept me on my toesAll of that is ok though as long as you have the patience and willingness to concentrate on the very complex plot What really brought down the rating for me was the pacing of the book The narrative stops and starts very abruptly as it jumps back and forth across forty odd years of tumultuous history One minute the protagonist is in the thick of a pitched battle the next you have to wade through twenty pages of meditations on life and hardship taking place two or three years later I suppose that is at least partly to do with the novel s being a collaboration between four authors but I certainly would have enjoyed the reading much and probably completed it in much shorter time if the suspense and action had been a little consistentNow that my My Jihad: The True Story of An American Mujahid's Amazing Journey from Usama Bin Laden's Training Camps to Counterterrorism with the FBI and CIA gripes are out of the way there s plenty of reasons why it s still areat book Firstly the sheer ambition and scope of this book is fabulous To cover such a huge swathe of complex history in one unified plot is an impressive achievement And I learned so much about the history of the Catholic church and its challengers What s even though the historical detail is exacting the themes of challenging authority and dogma money and power rebellion making wealth communal etc have a lot of relevance to the modern zeitgeistAnother aspect that I paticularly enjoyed was the relevance to the modern zeitgeistAnother aspect that I
"paticularly enjoyed was "enjoyed was the seemingly disparate elements of a sprawling narrative came together in the end It was a The Book of Leviathan great mystery and bits of the plot that I never expected to be related came together and I was totally taken by surprise by the final reveal And even then when all the players were unmasked it plot still took a few odd twists and the reader is left with a kind of thoughtful wryly hopeful resolution rather than the usual neat cliched ending of just desserts served to allI d recommend this to anyone willing to take on a challenging read with an interest in 16th century European history If you like Umberto Eco s novels or the Showcase series The Borgias there s aood chance you ll enjoy as well I noticed this book on a shelf in Waterstones nine years ago It called to me but the appeal went unheard I don t know why The other day I was in Blackwells just idling time whilst waiting for the lunchtime concert to begin at the RNCM Some books lure you as they spot you from their shelves They whisper in your head I am full of wondrous things I am full of promise you will never forget me All the reat books I ve ever read did that to me a uirky title The Name of the Rose Man s Rise to Civilization or an intriguing cover the Rorschach test of that Panther Inf Other reviewers have already addressed the plot of the novel so no point in my reiterating This is a novel that is vast in scope and whilst filled to the brim with historical detail and events it is "also a mystery Two antagonists who circle each other over the span of thirty years each fighting for "a mystery Two antagonists who circle each other over the span of thirty years each fighting for beliefs This is a com. Is a historical novel of the rand and sweeping sort one that aims to capture not a life or a moment but an era of pivotal importance Washington Post Book World It is hard to do better than this vivid terrifying portrait of a survivor of the Protestant Reformation The characters in bleed real blood blood that was still soaking Europe in the trenches of World War I and the firestorms of World War IIThe New RepublicWhile sixteenth century Europe is devastated by the wars of religion following the Reformation a young th. Story in a readable fashion and without hidden agendas tells the story of a Forrest Gump of the reformation age We never learn the real name of this unsung hero He s an anabaptist representing one of the radical arms of the reformation Whenever something crucial in early anabaptism happens he s present M ntzer s peasant upheaval the synode of the martyrs in Augsburg the tragedy of M nster in 1635 Jan van Batenburg s apocalyptic riders Eloi Pruystincks early libertarian commune He changes identities but is always in the middle of the action usually everybody else Las Maravillosas Obras de Dios: Historias B�blicas Para La Familia gets killed and only he survives the atrocities As heradually discovers there is a secret adversary only known by the name of ohelet preacher a papal spy who manages to foil all efforts of the anabaptists from within He s working for Gianpietro Carafa the head of the Roman Inuisition and later pope Paul IV Via Basel our Forrest ends up in Venice for the final showdown with aided by Portuguese sephardim There things don t turn out as expectedThe protagonist is driven by a lust for a self determined life not any sense of a spiritual mission The papal spy is working on the mission of Carafa to maintain the fundament of the catholic church through the reformation The fundament is fear of شرح جامع مثنوى معنوى god which is threatened by protestantism and it s central principle sola fide ie the justification by faith aloneThe whole book offers an irritating point of view for somebody who is used to lutheranism as the driving force behind the reformation in Germany In Luther is rather part of the establishment and the papacy is instrumentalizing him against the violent arms of the reformation as well as to curb the ambitions of the emperor Karl V Here the anabaptist movement is the focus of the story They are mostly militant and form the left wing of the reformation They advocate the renouncement of private property a liberal sexual moral and most of all don t accept any profaneovernment The true evil force in are the ones who pull the strings behind the scenes beside the inuisition these are foremost the bankers represented by the FuggersThis leads to the message of the book It s authored by an anonymous Italian collective named Luther Blissett Even before reading the book my assumption was that they want to convey that things can change on a broad level The reformation of the church in the 16th century is a symbol for a possible change of society in the 21st century which the authors seem to deem necessary When the power of the Fuggers is introducedthis message becomes even clearer It s a plea against lobalization today I would assume that the authors joined the Occupy movement laterWhile the development of anabaptism in 16th century Germany seems an odd choice for Italians to write about the theme hits a home run for me as the upheaval caused by reformation and culminating in the thirty years war hundred years later is my favourite historic period This carries the novel for me in spite of political messages I don t share and neglecting two central heroes "Which Are Larger Than Life And Completely "are larger than life and completely I enjoyed it as a historical thriller a enre I normally don t read any Considering this 3 stars is a Riding Hard good rating which could have been better if the characters had been a bit human and average This book covers the era when Martin Luther nailed up his criticism of the corruption of the Catholic Church the early 1500 s It was a time when the peasants started to protest their treatment by the brigands who called themselves nobles and the torturers who maintained moral and civil law who called themselves the Church The entire book is written from the point of a young university student who must change his identity every time heets in trouble with the two power factions running Germany The story is very ritty You are there in the mud and cold fighting local louts outside the inn where you ve been drinking You are stunned to find the nobles know what your fighters are up to And Have Arrived With have arrived with You radually figure there is some very clever traitor iving away your friends secret plans and no matter where you run he s following you You find paradise on earth in a commune in Holland where the pretty irls sleep with anyone even you a tired old man at 40 The story Der Verlorene Koffer: A Graded Reader for Beginning Students goes on and on and you have no desire to see it end It s expertly written enthralling The book bounces around between the letters the traitor writes to a supremely evil ambitious cardinal and the attempts of the hero to fight this system of subjugation city by city farm by farm Read it 2000s if you like eco s name of the rose you can think of this in comparison as a street level political thriller rather than a philosophical murder mystery i love both books this is notably easy to read in short paragraphs and chapters but very long multi voiced similar to moby dick i do not know the details of reformation history but this work seems credible and it is fascinating that four writers wrote it everyone had their special realm of expertise everyone must have collaborated with how itoes but it is whole and moving rather than confusing or dispersed i will read this again. Rto Eco's The Name of the Rose or Iain Pears's An Instance of the Fingerpost and as subversively political as Michel Houellebec's AtomisedThe four pseudonymous authors of live in Bologna Italy Their website is wwwwumingfoundationcomTranslated from the Italian by Shaun Whiteside is as mysterious as a miracle and hot as a burning hereticThe Raleigh News and Observer This is a big book and a big canvas The panorama is big and bloody and breathtaking a crush of colour and crowds exotic locations and war The Times Londo.
Luther Blissett Î 6 charactersPlex and convoluted novel and I had difficulty initially until I had Some Further Understanding Of further understanding of periodI would have liked to have rated it higher simply due to the ambition of the novel but for this reader the delivery wasn t always smooth Sometimes I found myself falling into the story and then would be jarred out In the first part the use of modern day words ie pal mate I found jarring and they didn t el with the story times depicted However I loved the vastness of the novel I haven t read anything of a similar vein Loved the machinations of the characters and felt that although somewhat initially disappointed with the ending I felt on reflection that it was
FITTING BY LUTHER BLISSETT IS Aby Luther Blissett is a novel Set in the 16th century during the first decades of the Reformation it follows two characters an Anabaptist member of the Radical Reformation a movement that advocated reater spiritual and political change and the mysterious a spy for the Cardinal behind the "reawekening of the Inuisition Giovanni Pietro Carafa the future Paul IV The "of the Inuisition Giovanni Pietro Carafa the future Paul IV The is a thoroughly well researched romp filled with religious imagery and speech action sex and well not rock a roll but the 16th century euivalent whatever it might be But is far than a fun read The parallels established The cold war between pro capitalist and pro communist spooks is trasplanted into the killing fields of Reformation Holy Roman Empire by the collective of writers known as Luther Blisset The story attempts to follow the careers of a radical protestant and an underground member of the inuisition for over 30 years as they circle and try to dispose of each other The set pieces the battle of Frankenhausen the revolution in Leyden are well told but most of the characters are not well defined and so it is difficult to care for themIt is as if though the characters are an excuse to retell the history of the times That wouldn t be so bad except that the history is not fairly told The authors obviously intended the radical fringe of early protestantism as a metaphor for radical leftist revolutionaries of the XX Century This impression is heightened if one considers the attachments to the book which besides a few pictures of the main characters includes instruments of torture of right wing or pro Western American Literature Student Text governments of recent timesIn reality Thomas M ntzer the radical theologician that led the German peasants into senseless slaughter at Frankenhausen was not an idealist who wanted to redeem the masses but a millennarian prophet who cared about destroying the old world than about creating a new one see Cohn s The Pursuit of the Millennium for a fascinating review of M ntzer in the context of a very old tradition of religious radicals that actually reaches to our very day whose rethoric of bloody extermination of opponents strikes a reader as very similar to that of Stalinists in the show trials of the 1930s And it is surely ridiculous to attribute the failure of the M nster Anabaptists not to sectarian politics but to manipulation by popish agent provocateurs as appears in this book This is a common accusation among radical leftroups who are inclined to impute their inability to et along and work together to divisive actions by obscure class enemies or imperialistsIn fact the hagiographic presentation of M ntzer is a dead iveaway of where this book is coming from East German history presented this enemy of both Pope and Luther as a proto Marxist and in fact the largest painting in the world refers to M ntzer at the battle of Frankenhausen and is titled Bourgeouis Revolution in Germany painted by Werner T bke and commissioned by the East German leadership 400 feet long 45 feet high and still around in its special built to purpose museum prior to the fall of the Berlin Wall The analogy between radical reformers and XX century Marxist revolutionaries is not subtly evinced and it is a pity for subtleness would have had impact on the readersThe book is not only manichean in its portrayal of ood but misguided revolutionaries and an all powerful and a malignant Catholic Church represented by Cardinal Gianpietro Carafa later elected Pope and known as Paul IV where political calculations trump all religious commitment as evidenced by s fictitious conversation with Cardinal del Monte who acknowledges his essential agreement with reform partisans but indicates that he will be unable to do anything about it since he has just been elected Pope It is also very defficient in character portrayal as already noted all characters sound the same and has a a tenuous plot it ties together many episodes that in reality were not connected so that the parts of the book are reater than the whole On the other hand these episodes are so thrilling in themselves and so little known about them by most people that even a mediocre novel such as this one may be defended on the rounds that maybe some of the readers will be interested in learning and finding out the truth If you would like to know about this era and can be bothered to take up a hefty but wonderful book don t bother with this one Go for Diarmaid McCullough s The Reformation which tells the whole. Eology student adopts the cause of the heretics and the disinherited Our hero an Anabaptist who travels under many names and his enemy a papal informer and heretic hunter play a ame in which no moves are forbidden Across the chessboard of Europe from the German plains to the flourishing Dutch cities and south to Venice what begins as a struggle to reveal each other's identity eventually becomes part of a much reater mission total annihilation of the enemyPart thriller part novel of ideas is as richly imagined as Umbe. ,