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‘St Bartholomew’s Man’ by Mary Delorme

I did debate with myself long and hard about including teaser lines from ‘St Bartholomew’s Man’, as so many others within my blogging circle seem to have included it in their own meme contributions. However, I have hopefully chosen lines well apart from any others and the book is so holding me in thrall, that I simply couldn’t miss out on the opportunity to share just a few more lines!

So as not to show any spoilers I have not included a synopsis, however, if you want to find out more about the story, just click on the book image, or to read more about both book and author go here.

If you don’t really want to read any major spoilers, then you can tease yourself a little more, by reading the first few lines of the story … here.

A foundation ceremony was indeed splendid, thought Rahere; Alfune had been right. Splendid vestments displayed the wealth of the church; privately, Rahere thought that if the prelates could deck themselves in furs and silks and velvets, and cloth of gold and silver, not to mention sundry jewels besides, he wouldn’t be doing them any harm by increasing his demands on behalf of St. Bartholomew

Everything happened at once. There was a bang; the watching monks burst in, and the Abbot rang his bell. For an instant, no one was fully awake. Then they saw Rahere struggling into his habit; an unaccustomed exertion, and one of the flapping sleeves had sent the log pile across the floor.

 Kindle 49% & 79%

As this was an author invitation to read and review, a complimentary Kindle download of ‘ St Bartholomew’s Man’, was gifted to me by its author, Mary Delorme.

This will in no way influence any comments I may express about the book, in any blog articles I may post. Any thoughts or comments will be my own personal opinion and I am in no way being monetarily compensated for this, or any other article.


Icon Image For The Teaser Tuesdays MemeTeaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by …

MizB of ‘Should Be Reading’.

Anyone can take part, by just doing the following:

Grab your current read.

Open to a random page.

  1. Share a couple of  “teaser” sentences, from somewhere on that page.
  2. Be careful not to share “spoiler” sentences.
  3. Remember to share the title and author too.
  4. Head on over to ‘should be reading’ and leave a link to your post, so that others can share it and you can share other people’s.

It would be great if you then decided to leave a comment for MizB, as we all like to receive them and are interested in sharing your thoughts.

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    • Hi Naida,

      I have to say that the book is pretty much full of descriptive narrative such as this.

      Whilst the main premise of the story is definitely based around healing, with a strong emphasis on religion, it is told in such an easy to read style, that I cannot help but be totally hooked on it. It also deals with the historical and social aspects of the time, in such an interesting and informative way, which all of the history teachers of my school days, failed so dismally to achieve.

      Thank you for your interest in the post and for taking the time to comment. I hope that all is well with you this week,

  • I thought St. Bartholomew’s Man was an enjoyable book, so it was good to see your teaser lines in today’s post.

    The following is an excerpt located 35% into Mink River by Brian Doyle.

    “In his car Tosca is singing her great aria near the end of Act Two: ‘con man furtiva quante miserie conobbi, alleviai’, sweet consolation I brought to those who are poor and unhappy! Michael sings along with her and the music swells and throbs bravely but he thinks darkly how often he has been the singer of death songs to people who find his presence on their doorstep no consolation at all.”

    • Hi Kelly,

      For me personally, unless the ending is a complete let down, which I am not expecting it to be, I shall be rating ‘St Bartholomew’s Man’ right up there as one of my favourite books. I have never enjoyed anything I have read in the way of historical fiction, quite so much, although my knowledge of the genre is fairly limited!

      Wow! Loving those teaser lines from ‘Mink River’. I confess I did track back to the synopsis, to see if I could work out which one of the characters is featured. So without giving anything away for those folk who have yet to read this one, I can say that those lines are uncannily descriptive and relevant. Thanks for sharing.

      • I’ll admit I had to struggle to find a teaser to share here. The writer’s style doesn’t lend itself to quoting! I’m debating whether to try and review it at my blog or not. “Different” might be the best way to describe it.

        • Sometimes ‘different’ is good, other times it can be a little frustrating and makes you half think you wish you hadn’t bothered!

          I have pretty eclectic reading tastes and generally won’t give up on a book out of principle, however when it becomes difficult to share my thoughts about a story, I get to the point where I just want to move on to the next book!

    • Hi Sandra,

      Given that the main protagonists in this book are monks, the writing doesn’t come across in any way, as ‘preachy’. In fact I have been pleasantly surprised by the amount of mystery and intrigue woven into the story and on some occasions, the action needed to protect both themselves and their parishoners from harm! There have been no shortage of potential ‘teaser’ lines and memorable words.

      Thanks for stopping by, it is good to hear from you and to receive your comments.

    • Hi Mary Ann,

      I haven’t quite reached the end of the book yet, but so far it is shaping up to be as good as the rest of the story and I still don’t have any idea what is actually going to happen.

      I really don’t want this story to end!

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, I appreciate it.

    • Hi Lexxie,

      If you have any interest in historical fiction, mixed with plenty of well researched facts, then ‘St Bartholomew’s Man’ is definitely one for your TBR list.

      Despite the usual school history lessons, I never really knew much about the history of ‘Barts Hospital’. The author of this book, has brought the story to life so vividly, that I have not been bored for one second, in fact I don’t really want the book to come to an end!

      Thanks for stopping by, I always appreciate visits and comments.

    • Hi Tracy,

      Kelly commented that both she and yourself have read and enjoyed some C.J. Sansom books, so I am sure that you will enjoy ‘St Bartholomew’s Man’, when you manage to get your hands on a copy. If mine wasn’t a Kindle download, I would have sent it on to you!

      Kelly is trying hard to convert me to a historical fiction fan and after reading this book, I might well be tempted …. History lessons have never been so enjoyable!

      Hope that your week is going well!

    • Hi Jon,

      I enjoyed ‘St Bartholomew’s Man’ so much that it has made my ‘Favourites Shelf’ at Goodreads, with 5 well deserved stars!

      I have written several posts featuring the book and have more material to come, with all the great new words I learnt during the course of my reading, which will feature in forthcoming ‘Wondrous Words Wednesday’ posts.

      The review is on the drawing board …. I promise not to keep you waiting too long, however work / life pressures do have a habit of getting in the way sometimes!

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by, I appreciate the comment.

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