More summaries and resources for teaching or studying Sarum: Stonehenge and Salisbury cathedral. First thought – it’s really thick – hope it’s worth the excess weight! I learned, and I learned a lot, having read this book. Of particular interest to me was the story around Henry VIII and how Archbishop Cranmer fits in – I now live in Aslockton, birth place of Cranmer, and had no idea how significant his role was in creating the Church of England as it is today – to think that he lived next door: There are the days of paganism with its human sacrifices and the building of the temples and the barrows.

My feeling at the last page wa Oddest thing — it is the best and most compelling book that I did not like reading at all. At the same time, because such a long time frame is covered, it wasdifficult to keep track of who the characters were or to have a connection with them. Open Preview See a Problem? While they by no Given that I, slow reader that I am and often in need of days long breaks from a narrative of any size was able to finish, without skimming, a 1, page novel, said novel must have had something going for it. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Languages Deutsch Edit links. Hwll the hunter, fleeing the rising seas at the end of the last Ice Age, finds refuge on Sarum’s high ground. But in the final third of the book the author takes a bit of a turn.

Moving quickly along to King Arthur’s court, to the plague years, to the machinations of the Tudors, to the exploration of the New World, to the Revolutionary, First and Second World Wars. Even if I don’t like a book I usually still force myself to read to the end.

Rutherfurd uses a mixture of archeology and recorded history to tell us the complete history of Sarum from the arrival of Hwll the Hunter, seeking high ground as the ice melts, to the last in the line of the Shockleys and Masons, who have entertained us with their family dramas for centuries, trying to restore Salisbury Cathedral in It has snapshots of how historical events affected certain people in one locality.


To fully explore these themes in a short space of a chapter therefore requires many of the characters to embody and represent these forces or influences such as the Roman Porteus representing the civilising influence of the Roman Empire, or the division of the Shockley family into Royalist, Parliamentarian and Puritan during the Civil War chapter. My favourite characters were Nooma, and cathedral mason Osmund – especially the latter’s attempts to avoid the 7 Deadly Sins.

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Sarum: The Novel of England Summary & Study Guide

A clever joke ends the book when a thief grabs a purse out of an unlocked car in a parking lot during a visit by the Prince of Wales to Salisbury Cathedral in Discover the story of Rutherfjrd from prehistoric times to the present as centered on the area where Salisbury Cathedral now stands.

Sarum is coming on 30 years old pretty soon, and big sweeping historical epics like it are gone with the wind.

But the proof is in the telling itself.

The writing is wordy and overly passive. Sarum also titled Sarum: Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. The book clearly held a fascination for me and often called me when I walked past the book shelf!

Kindle copy received as gift Christmas,from Trent and Tim. There are the days of paganism with its human sacrifices and the building of the temples and the barrows. This book is full of history, but it isn’t a “history book”. Sarum is the first Edward Rutherford book I tackled, although his New York book has stared at me with longing on a shelf for years.

Edsardthe City of Salisbury commemorated his services to the city by naming one of the streets leading off its medieval market place ‘Rutherfurd Walk’.

Rutherfurd’s style, his dialogue, his characters, make the story unfold much a whipped cream pouring from a bowl – smooth, tasty, delicious. This is the first book that I read from this author. Be the first to discover new talent! Sarum first edition cover.


Sarum: The Novel of England Summary & Study Guide

Naturally they don’t know their ancient noble or common origins the way the reader does, other than as family tales passed down which they believe to be largely fictitious, like Doctor Barnagel, who laughs at his family’s legend of being descended from a Danish invader known for crying “Bairn nae gel! This wasn’t my favourite of his, but I’m glad to have read it and would recommend it to any history buffs. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.

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After finishing SarumI am filled with mixed feelings. I love this genre. Throughout the book, we witness the first prehistoric settlements where the five rivers meet, the building of Stonehenge, the founding of New Sarum, the building of its magnificent cathedral, and the journeys to the New World, all the way to the attempts to restore the Cathedral’s Spire in Capitalism comes very early to Salisbury Plain a fulling rjtherfurd of is “a combination of capitalism and feudalism that was typical of the times”.


Intersecting the families through the ages is what a Rutherfurd novel is known for and he definitely must have learnt some lessons in Nobody does English history epics like Edward Rutherfurd!

Unfortunately it assumes you already know the significance of and a few other important events in English history. And synopais is perhaps what draws me to Rutherfurd’s books – the subtle combination of masterful writing and history, which I love.

It was a book that just stuck with you so much that I rutherfkrd dreamed about it.