Winter Pilgrims



❴Reading❵ ➶ Winter Pilgrims Author Toby Clements – E17streets4all.co.uk An enthralling adventure story, honest and powerful The Wars of the Roses are imagined here with energy, with ferocity, with hunger to engage the reader Hilary MantelFebruary In the bitter dawn of a w An enthralling adventure story, honest and powerful The Wars of the Roses are imagined here with energy, with ferocity, with hunger to engage the reader Hilary MantelFebruary In the bitter dawn of a winter s morning, a young man and a woman escape from a prioryIn fear of their lives, they are forced to flee across a land ravaged by conflictFor this is the Wars of the Roses, one of the most savage and bloody civil wars in history,Where brother confronts brother, king faces king,And Thomas and Katherine must fight just to stay alive.Winter Pilgrims

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  • Winter Pilgrims
  • Toby Clements
  • English
  • 23 June 2019
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10 thoughts on “Winter Pilgrims

  1. says:

    This is a really well written, solid and very interesting history book about the War of the Roses A period I haven t read a lot about yet The story is rather complicated, I had to look at the historic organisation chart the heritage tree in the beginning of the book regularly Who is who, who is connected to who Weird, the English fighting the Englishthe Yorkist faction against the Lancastrian faction Anyway, the story starts in 1460 with Thomas, a monk and Katherine, a sister, who ar This is a really well written, solid and very interesting history book about the War of the Roses A period I haven t read a lot about yet The story is rather complicated, I had to look at the historic organisation chart the heritage tree in the beginning of the book regularly Who is who, who is connected to who Weird, the English fighting the Englishthe Yorkist faction against the Lancastrian faction Anyway, the story starts in 1460 with Thomas, a monk and Katherine, a sister, who are attacked by riders outside their priory and unjustly accused of crimes, they have to run In fear for their lives, they are forced to flee across a land ravaged by conflict, going from battle to battle, becoming archer and general medical aid Katherine has to dress as a boy and is renamed Kit, to survive the rough world and to make sure they are not identified as they fear they are followed from the priory to be found The only thing I had to get used to were the complete battle scenes, described in much detail, rather tough material, however, interesting to read how those battles were organised This book must have come pretty close to the situation of the times, it feels very authentic all the way through It s also a love story, but very delicately included in the history story, does not overdominate.It s just right It s a long story and it doesn t read away easily Takes some time, but it is well worthed For those who are interested in history books, this is a good one

  2. says:

    This book has thrilling characters, brilliant battle scenes and well established historical foundations The opening is immediate and swift From early on in the book we know what to expect, as a reader, and from the ending of the book those expectations are met The two central characters in this book are very well rounded and exciting Their lives are believable which helps to express cultural issues of the time Both Thomas and Katherine were both members of a priory and strongly religious This book has thrilling characters, brilliant battle scenes and well established historical foundations The opening is immediate and swift From early on in the book we know what to expect, as a reader, and from the ending of the book those expectations are met The two central characters in this book are very well rounded and exciting Their lives are believable which helps to express cultural issues of the time Both Thomas and Katherine were both members of a priory and strongly religious When they are trust into the midst of the wars of the roses, they re forced to develop and learn to survive This allows for them to grow as people and allows for heaps of character potential The battle scenes in this book are confusing This is, of course, not a bad thing The confusion illustrates a battle and represents the panic of the men The battles are narrated through the eyes of Thomas who is a common foot solider This confusion is appropriate with his interpretation of the events he does not know everything that is happening, very little in the grand scheme of things This way of narrating a battle really captures how the foot solider would have experienced it, and is remarkable in evoking the emotions of the men The author can easily be compared to Ken Follet, the author of The Pillars of the Earth This is not in terms of writing style, but in the approach taken to reporting the events of a historical novel Historical figures such as the Kingmaker Earl Warwick , Margret of Anjou and The Duke of York provide a setting for the novel to take place in a back story if you would like This allows the author to focus upon his characters, but also at the same time relate their lives to real history I find this technique very effective as it gives history a personal, intimate, touch.This is the first time I ve felt physically sick, from reading, and had my stomach churn In this, hats of to the author, your descriptions of medieval surgery are brutally real and scary, very scary I would not have wanted a fistula in the wars of the roses, or at any other time to be honest but you get my point Toby Clements is an author to watch out for this is only his first published novel and it is already very accomplished I shall be reading the rest of this series and keeping an eye out to see what else he may come up with in the future This book comes strongly recommended by me I have read several interpretations of the wars of the roses, in fiction, and have found this one to be both innovative and stimulating It is tremendous to see such historical turmoil through the eyes of a man who is so shocked by it, like the reader themselves

  3. says:

    Clements debut novel is, in a word, magnificent Every historical novelist tries to pitch his reader into the time about which he writes, but few succeed to this degree, or with this degree of skill This book oozes historical authenticity, yet the details are subtly painted, softly delivered Through the various characters lives, we learn about the religious, the peasants and ordinary soldiers, and the nobility We see that the existence of most people in the 15th century was short, sharp and Clements debut novel is, in a word, magnificent Every historical novelist tries to pitch his reader into the time about which he writes, but few succeed to this degree, or with this degree of skill This book oozes historical authenticity, yet the details are subtly painted, softly delivered Through the various characters lives, we learn about the religious, the peasants and ordinary soldiers, and the nobility We see that the existence of most people in the 15th century was short, sharp and brutal These details aren t what makes this novel wonderful, though It s the story Writing with verve and panache, Clements paints us two sympathetic but tortured main characters, Thomas and Katherine Their journeys, both external and internal, are perilous and complex, but because of their very humanity, appealing The battle scenes are wonderfully, if brutally, described Few writers indeed can paint a struggle as filthy, as gory or as gripping as Clements does with the climactic fight at Towton.The War of the Roses wouldn t normally be a period to interest me, but Kingmaker had me enthralled from the first page I am a picky but passionate reader, with little spare time in which to indulge my hobby Suffice it to say that I could not put this book down I read it in less than a week By my current standards, that s superfast It s a mark of a book s quality when I find myself counting how many pages are left, because I don t want to finish it I was doing this with Kingmaker from about halfway through.This book is an historical tour de force, revealing Clements to be a novelist every bit as good as Cornwell, Gregory or Iggulden Kingmaker was the best book I read in 2013 by some margin I loved it Bravo, Toby Clements Now, where s book two, please

  4. says:

    Boring and thoroughly predictable, rich in set piece fight and battle scenes that too rarely do anything to develop character or move the narrative forward Full of cliche, stock characters pilfered from the history as televisual melodrama genre the girl dressed in boys clothes the anonymous and irrational giant the unaccountably evil feudal lord, all set in the inaccurate filth and stench of the late Middle Ages as imagined by those who ve never looked at the scholarship on daily life in 15t Boring and thoroughly predictable, rich in set piece fight and battle scenes that too rarely do anything to develop character or move the narrative forward Full of cliche, stock characters pilfered from the history as televisual melodrama genre the girl dressed in boys clothes the anonymous and irrational giant the unaccountably evil feudal lord, all set in the inaccurate filth and stench of the late Middle Ages as imagined by those who ve never looked at the scholarship on daily life in 15th century Europe Structured with an eye on film TV rights Rubbish

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  6. says:

    2.5 starsThis is what I ve been doing most of the time in the last few weeks listening to audio books I m still very new to them which means I can t really compare it with other narrators That being said, I enjoyed Jack Hawkins narration As for the book itself It was okay It covers the time from 1460 1461, ending with the Battle of Towton, won by the Yorkist faction, making Edward of York king and dethroning Henry VI who had turned out to be a weak monarch, unlike his famous father, Henr 2.5 starsThis is what I ve been doing most of the time in the last few weeks listening to audio books I m still very new to them which means I can t really compare it with other narrators That being said, I enjoyed Jack Hawkins narration As for the book itself It was okay It covers the time from 1460 1461, ending with the Battle of Towton, won by the Yorkist faction, making Edward of York king and dethroning Henry VI who had turned out to be a weak monarch, unlike his famous father, Henry V Although, Henry VI was believed to have a frail mental state of mind Anyway, what makes this book entertaining is that it s told from the commoners PoV, giving an idea how little the lives of those who were indentured truly mattered, never mind the hardships they had to endure on a daily basis without having to suffer the entitlements of kings, dukes, earls and lords I can t say how historically accurate the description of life for the little man woman is, but I do know that it wasn t as clean, innocent and romanticised as it s often portrayed Also interesting is the role of the church and religion in general I m an agnostic at the best of times and it always baffles me when I come across deeply religious people I ll admit that part of me is always a little jealous because their religion seems to centre them in a way that I ve never found for myself Reading listening what life was like when people still believed the world to be flat and God s word absolute was the most interesting part of the book One big weakness of the book was the lack of character depth which doesn t come as a surprise Our two main characters, Katherine and Thomas, have quite a journey literally ahead of them with lots of side characters, long battle descriptions and one very detailed surgical removal of a fistula The bad guys are really reaaaaaaallllyyy bad which added to the character simplicity The plot is predictable, so are the twists, and one name dropping moment and I knew where at least one plot line would go I ll be honest, I wouldn t have read this as a book book I m not a fan of long winded battle scenes and I would have skipped quite a bit As an audio book, however, it was truly entertaining while I was busy doing something else So much so, actually, that I m already half way through the second book and I m really enjoying it I think much of it is thanks to the narrator Even the long battle scenes are conveyed so adequately that I could imagine the adrenaline rush, the chaos and the fear of the men fighting the wars of the privileged few and ultimately the helplessness and resignation in those men.It s good entertainment with solid historical information that adds to the entertainment rather than suffocating the actual story

  7. says:

    This sweeping, historical novel , is set during the Wars of the Roses although our two central characters are not really aware of worldly matters when we first meet them Sister Katherine is a young nun, left at the Priory of St Mary in the County of Lincoln as an infant Brother Thomas is a young monk, who spends his time thinking of the manuscripts he works on However, one cold morning in February, 1460, their lives change forever Sent out in the snow to release a fox from a trap, Brother This sweeping, historical novel , is set during the Wars of the Roses although our two central characters are not really aware of worldly matters when we first meet them Sister Katherine is a young nun, left at the Priory of St Mary in the County of Lincoln as an infant Brother Thomas is a young monk, who spends his time thinking of the manuscripts he works on However, one cold morning in February, 1460, their lives change forever Sent out in the snow to release a fox from a trap, Brother Thomas is disconcerted by hearing a scream Sister Katherine and another young nun, Sister Alice, are caught outside by a corrupt knight and his retinue Thomas rushes to help, but, later, Sir Giles Riven appears demanding Thomas be punished while Katherine is accused of wantonness The two escape and find themselves forced to flee together into an England where Brother Thomas wishes to seek clemency in a land where law and order has broken down During this novel, we follow the adventures of Thomas and Katherine who disguises herself as a boy Thomas turns out to be a natural born soldier, while Katherine isthan ready to leave vows she did not make of her own accord and discovers that she has a gift for healing Along the way, the two meet Robert Daud of Lincoln, a pardoner, who leaves them with a treasured book although neither of them are sure of why it is considered so valuable They later join forces with Sir John Fakenham and his son Richard The two travel in their retinue to France and back to England, taking part in many battles and quests along the way For while Thomas has a grudge against Sir Giles Riven, he is also the enemy of Sir John and a great baddie, who changes sides at a moment notice and whom Thomas has sworn vengeance on.This is a book of mysteries and secrets , a love story and it contains a realistic sense of how people lived and how they survived Katherine s medical skills lead to some rather gruesomely described medical procedures and there was also a lot of fighting probably a little too much for me However, I imagine that readers who enjoy novels by authors, such as Bernard Cornwell or Conn Iggulden would love this It is brutal, bloody and violent, but you also care about the characters and the book is well plotted The book makes sense as a single volume and I enjoyed the ending although there is obviously a sequel in mind If so, I look forward to reading on and discovering what happens next.I received a copy of this book, from the publisher, for review

  8. says:

    Kingmaker Winter Pilgrims is a unique look at the Wars of the Roses among a large supply of novels focused on this era Rather than following the addled King Henry VI, ambitious earl of Warwick, or the illustrious earl of March, our main characters are the accidentally paired Brother Thomas and Sister Katherine.The opening scene of the book places these two together through life threatening circumstances thanks to the lawlessness of Henry VI s England Though they have been living at the same P Kingmaker Winter Pilgrims is a unique look at the Wars of the Roses among a large supply of novels focused on this era Rather than following the addled King Henry VI, ambitious earl of Warwick, or the illustrious earl of March, our main characters are the accidentally paired Brother Thomas and Sister Katherine.The opening scene of the book places these two together through life threatening circumstances thanks to the lawlessness of Henry VI s England Though they have been living at the same Priory, they have had much different experiences Katherine has lived with the nuns of St Mary for as long as she can remember, the abused and neglected servant of the prioress Brother Thomas has enjoyed the monastic life and never considered leaving until he had no choice He loves the quiet life of the scriptorium where he demonstrates skill as an illuminator.Katherine and Thomas wind up on a twisting adventure together as they struggle to redefine themselves, survive, and extract revenge upon the man that has caused their upheaval Thomas continues to long for a return to his life as a monk, while Katherine has no intentions of ever being a nun again I appreciated the diverse and balanced look at religious life When they wind up in the service of Sir John Fakenham, their lives take turns they never could have expected.What was different about this novel was the details on little things regular camp life, medieval surgery, the difficulties of travel, and crime that went on with war as a cover Some readers will find these descriptions too long, but I appreciated the level of historical research required to write some of the detailed scenes that Clements includes in his writing The Battle of Towton serves as the drama for the final chapters of the book with detail that is gory, realistic, and heartbreaking.Several hints are dropped regarding a continuing story and the final scene leaves the reader wondering about many things, so I look forward to reading Kingmaker Broken Faith

  9. says:

    I have to confess to knowing next to nothing about the Wars of the Roses, and have never been overly interested in the period I am always amazed that people can get so het up about whether Richard III was a good king, or a ruthless despot So, despite having heard great things about this book, I had put off reading it for longer than I should have In the end I picked up the audio book on Audible, and I cannot believe I waited this long to read it.Story The blurb on the book is as follows Feb I have to confess to knowing next to nothing about the Wars of the Roses, and have never been overly interested in the period I am always amazed that people can get so het up about whether Richard III was a good king, or a ruthless despot So, despite having heard great things about this book, I had put off reading it for longer than I should have In the end I picked up the audio book on Audible, and I cannot believe I waited this long to read it.Story The blurb on the book is as follows February, 1460 in the bitter dawn of a winter s morning a young nun is caught outside her priory walls by a corrupt knight and his vicious retinue.In the fight that follows, she is rescued by a young monk and the knight is defeated But the consequences are far reaching, and Thomas and Katherine are expelled from their religious Orders and forced to flee across a land caught in the throes of one of the most savage and bloody civil wars in history the Wars of the Roses.Their flight will take them across the Narrow Sea to Calais where Thomas picks up his warbow, and trains alongside the Yorkist forces Katherine, now dressed as a man, hones her talents for observation and healing both on and off the fields of battle And all around them, friends and enemies fight and die as the future Yorkist monarch, Edward, Earl of March, and his adviser the Earl of Warwick, later to become known as the Kingmaker, prepare to do bloody battle.Encompassing the battles of Northampton, Mortimer s Cross and finally the great slaughter of Towton, this is war as experienced not by the highborn nobles of the land but by ordinary men and women who do their best just to stay alive Filled with strong, sympathetic characters, this is a must read series for all who like their fiction action packed, heroic and utterly believable.Review Following my admission that I was not interested in the period in which the story is set, the audio book got off to a shaky start with a rather clunky introduction that set the scene of who was fighting who, but it seemed very forced and there were too many names mentioned in a couple of paragraphs making it impossible to really follow, unless, of course, you already knew the history But then why would you need the intro I would much have preferred a historical note at the end of the book, but alas, there isn t one.After the short introduction, the story started and to my dismay, it was in the present tense But it happened hundreds of years ago, I said to myself How can this be in present tense I was all prepared to give up on the book then, almost before it had started, but of course I didn t And you know what As if some magic spell had been cast on me, the tense the prose is written in ceased to be an issue for me as, within minutes, the book leapt to glorious life The immediacy of the writing, the rawness of the characters, the details of the historical context, the gory battles, the touching relationships, the jeopardy, the horrors of war After those initial moments, the book was almost perfect.I couldn t stop thinking about the story when I wasn t listening to the book I felt that I knew the protagonists and I shared in their anguish as each terrible incident befell them When I got to the end, I was desperate to knowand immediately bought the second in the series, Kingmaker Broken Faith.My verdict An astounding novel A gripping, blood soaked trek along the muddy tracks of fifteenth century Britain.Narrator Jack Hawkins adds a near perfect narration to a near perfect book I don t often think that a book benefits from being narrated, but in this case, I think it does Hawkins hits just the right note of earthiness and solidity in his delivery He manages to give each character a distinct voice and accent without overdoing it The only slightly weak accent was for the Welsh characters, but they seemed to improve as the book progressed.Overall rating 5 stars

  10. says:

    I have Ben Kane to thank for this fantastic read, When an author of his calibre posts about a book Magnificent An historical tour de force, revealing Clements to be a novelist every bit as good as Cornwell, Gregory or Iggulden Kingmaker is the best book I ve read this year by some margin Ben Kane You have to sit up and take notice.What I didn t expect was the scope and style of the book Having just read excellent Stormbird by Conn Iggulden, set in roughly the same period, i had some ex I have Ben Kane to thank for this fantastic read, When an author of his calibre posts about a book Magnificent An historical tour de force, revealing Clements to be a novelist every bit as good as Cornwell, Gregory or Iggulden Kingmaker is the best book I ve read this year by some margin Ben Kane You have to sit up and take notice.What I didn t expect was the scope and style of the book Having just read excellent Stormbird by Conn Iggulden, set in roughly the same period, i had some expectations set for how a War of the Roses book should play out Toby Clements took those expectations and stood them on their head Instead of a book driven by the power houses of history, a book lit and led by the great and the powerful, Toby starts in a humble monastery nunnery, and from their takes the reader on one of the most down to earth profound journeys I have been privileged to read in this genre Thomas is a man living the life of a monk, a man with skills and education, but a man who finds out he has depths he had not explored, skills he didn t expect to have or use, and that life isthan just the walls of a Monastery, and a people arethan they seem, life isn t black and white, its many shades of grey.Katherine, living in a nunnery, but slightly apart, a young woman with a missing past, and an uncertain future, one that isn t helped by the continual abuse from her superiors.One day, one event, one action changes both their lives, and slingshots them on a journey of exploration, self examination and adventure But none of it is glorified, it is set at the coal face of life, and battle and history Surrounded by the blood and butchery of every class of man, buffeted by the changing politics of the times and changed by the havoc of war, killing and death surrounding them At 560 pages its not a small read, but I could have read 2060 pages and not been bored, is series has so much to offer and so much promise ofAs its a 2014 title it will not feature in my books of 2013, otherwise it would be winner of the top spot The established order will need to work very hard to beat this in 2014.Very highly recommended Parm

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