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Treason: A Catholic Novel of Elizabethan England Paperback – March 31, 2013
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"Treason is one of the most powerful historical novels I've ever read. It brings to vivid and shocking life the age in which Shakespeare lived and in which the English martyrs died." --Personal Endorsements
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Editor Joseph Pearce is spot on when he compares "Treason" to Robert Hugh Benson's "Come Rack! Come Rope!" as well as to Benson's "Lord of the World." Stories from Christianity's past necessarily read just like apocalyptic fiction. This is our history (one often sanitized and revised away), but it is also our future. Convicting, it asks whether the Son of Man will indeed find faith on the earth when He returns. It also begs the reader whether he will be a martyr (for that is the true meaning of "witness"). That martyrdom can be either white or red, but there is no third alternative.
Some historical fiction reads like a history lesson with paper characters pasted on. Dena Hunt's writing is nothing like that. She has a gift for story-telling, and for creating characters. The plot is very human, but interwoven with the mystery of God's providence. There is much theology here, but without preaching. She writes of the complexity of that white martyrdom, and the choices forced on Christians through circumstances beyond their control. Politics, marriage, money, sexuality--all are here, all challenged by the Gospel call.
In some ways, this is the novel Benson would have written a century later. But more than an update, it also illustrates how the persecution affected the "simple faithful"--people who would never encounter Mary Stuart or Elizabeth, but whose lives were influenced by their actions.
My only complaint: Too short. I hated for it to end. Brava indeed!
Dena's attention to detail, not only in her descriptions of people and places but in the terminology she uses in those descriptions, serves to transport the reader to another place and time. I have been to England as a Catholic in the late 1500s. Thanks, Dena!
Deacon Paul Worth
Told over the course of just a few days time, a priest, naval officer, his unhappy wife, a widow, an uneasy Protestant vicar, a sheriff and two government spies find themselves linked in a plot that locks them on a collision-course with a destiny that destroys lives, breaks hearts and inspires the lukewarm to resolve. From the first chapter, you won't be able to put this book down.
The parallel with the current age is eerie. Catholics who refused to renounce their religion, their worship and their devotion are shown no tolerance, just as Catholics today who refuse to call killing "choice" and refuse to redefine marriage are backed into a corner that will force them to either renounce their faith or face the consequences. Treason shows us how truly devoted people respond when forced to make difficult choices.
Matching the achievement of Robert Hugh Benson in depicting the religious conflict and crisis of Reformation England, Dena Hunt adds the element of suspense in Treason: A Catholic Novel of Elizabeth England. With omniscient narration weaving several different story lines in several different locations to a seven day plot, Hunt depicts the underground lives of a missionary priest, the recusant Catholics who shelter him, an unhappily wed wife, an Anglican minister who secretly reads Catholic texts from the Fathers of the Church, and a wealthy family whose home hides many secrets. The various plot lines all come together on the seventh day, and the epilogue depicts the Eighth Day, when two vocations are fulfilled.
Readers of Benson will recognize one of the supporting characters in Hunt's ensemble: Patricia, the Reverend Andrew Wilson's wife resembles Lady Torridon of The King's Achievement in her cold demeanor and dark black eyes and Marion Dent, the Rector's wife in By What Authority in her effect on the recusant Catholics in her village--but without the ducking! But where Benson builds up the tension year after year from 1570 to 1581 and beyond, Hunt presents all that action rapidly, as the main characters meet along the way until they gather at the Anders' home in Somerset and the chaotic climax of the story.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very complex, very engaging. I don't know anything about these times, or about Catholics. I thought the book was very informative and I thought the fiction was well done.Published 28 days ago by Cleany
This novel provides an accurate picture of the cruelty and injustices heaped upon Catholics during the infamous reign of Queen Elizabeth I. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Gaston Hebert
Insightful history about the end of the road when religious freedom is lost. Valuable contribution to the essential preservation of our religious liberty in our times.Published 6 months ago by kim e wood
Very good historical novel of the persecution faced by Catholics in England. Sad and heartbreaking, full of love and truth.Published 6 months ago by J. Bevins
This is a difficult period of history in which to place a novel, yet this book drew me in because of the author's attempt to portray societal and political forces which provided... Read morePublished 9 months ago by SuzyQ2U
This seemed to me like an old-fashioned sort of book, slow, meandering, with lots of descriptions of almost everything that could be described, interior monologues by most of the... Read morePublished 9 months ago by The Just-About-Average Ms. M
I read this during Holy Week. I had put off reading it, because I thought it would have an antagonist tone toward other faith traditions, especially to the Church of England and... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Lovee
This is a riveting tale of heroic Catholic Faith and virtue set during a terrible chapter in history. The characters were interesting and well developed. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Fr. Finn Fan
Page turner, could not put it down. Highly recommend! Let us all pray for persecuted Christians throughout the world.Published 11 months ago by William Roberts