Book Corner: Marie MacPherson’s The Second Blast of the Trumpet

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51wvncemcbl-_sx330_bo1204203200_Today over at the Review, you can read my take on Marie MacPherson’s biographical novel of John Knox and the Scottish Reformation, The Second Blast of the Trumpet.

And there’s a giveaway!

Here’s a taster:

What a fabulous concept for a series of novels! The Second Blast of the Trumpet by Marie MacPherson is the second instalment in her series charting the life of the Scottish preacher – and father of the Scottish Reformation – John Knox. This book is, at the same time, entertaining, informative and thought-provoking. Fast-paced and superbly written, the novel gives us an insight into the life  of the fiery Scottish preacher that few people would know about.

Before reading this novel, the image I had of Knox was an angry, loud man who made Mary, Queen of Scots, cry and did not like women. He was, after all, the man who coined the…

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Book Review: The First Blast of the Trumpet by Marie MacPherson @MGMacpherson #rbrt #historical fiction #John Knox #history of Scotland

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The book is the first of a trilogy about John Knox, a Scottish minister, theologian, and writer who was a leader of the Reformation and the founder of the Presbyterian Church of Scotland, marking the 500th anniversary of his birth. In this first book, Knox plays a minor role to the two main characters: Elizabeth Hepburn, a feisty woman who becomes the Prioress of a convent, and David Lindsey, her one-time lover, who is the long-time tutor and confidant of King James V of Scotland.

The story opens with a charming scene that reminded me of Little Women, where Betsy, the nanny to the three Hepburn daughter, herbalist and possible witch, divines the girls’ fates from the tossing of nuts into a blazing fire. The three girls are completely different in character and although the book traces the fate of little Meg and the voluptuous and fiery Kate, it…

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Rosie’s Review Team #RBRT THE FIRST BLAST OF THE TRUMPET @MGMacPherson #HistFic #TuesdaybookBlog

Review of The First Blast of the Trumpet by one of Rosie Amber’s Team.

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Today’s team review is from Noelle, she blogs at http://saylingaway.wordpress.com

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Noelle has been reading The First Blast Of The Trumpet by Marie MacPherson

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The book is the first of a trilogy about John Knox, a Scottish minister, theologian, and writer who was a leader of the Reformation and the founder of the Presbyterian Church of Scotland, marking the 500th anniversary of his birth. In this first book, Knox plays a minor role to the two main characters: Elizabeth Hepburn, a feisty woman who becomes the Prioress of a convent, and David Lindsey, her one-time lover, who is the long-time tutor and confidant of King James V of Scotland.

The story opens with a charming scene that reminded me of Little Women, where Betsy, the nanny to the three Hepburn daughter, herbalist and possible witch, divines the girls’ fates from the tossing of nuts into a blazing fire. The three…

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The Humanist North

Illuminated Manuscripts

University of Glasgow Library

Blog post by Wiktoria Muryn, MLitt Renaissance Art History student on placement in Special Collections.

There are many historical myths about the medieval period. We have all heard stories of the strictly devout society, despotic rulers and the daily grime and misery that reigned over Europe for almost five hundred years. Then, we were told, came the glorious Italian Renaissance, and soon the light of classical learning and beauty shone down onto the Dark Ages. However, a selection of manuscripts and early printed books from Special Collections proves that the relationship between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance is much more intricate than that.

MS Hunter 206

MS Hunter 231: Plato, Seneca, Aristotle

During my placement in Special Collections I embarked on a study of MS Hunter 206 – a classical miscellany from the library of Raphael de Mercatellis (1437-1508), a Flemish bastard-made-nobleman and eventually an abbot in the mercantile…

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The First Blast of the Trumpet by Marie Macpherson

Paul Bennet gives The First Blast of the Trumpet his Highest Recommendation 4.8 stars!

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I attended Knox Presbyterian Church in Detroit, MI when I was a young; indeed it was the church in which I was married, so, reading about the life of John Knox seemed like an interesting thing to do.  What I found, in The First Blast of the Trumpet, was far more than just a historical fiction biography.  Scotland in the mid-16th century was filled with religious and political turmoil.  It was an era of burgeoning church reform; building on the Lutheran reformation in Germany.  It was also a time when Henry VIII of England wanted Scotland for his own.  In this turbulent atmosphere the author has produced a wonderfully crafted tale; one that propels the reader into a world where the Church is beginning to lose it’s grip on the populace; a world where Scotland is struggling to maintain its independence; a world where the reader experiences life in a…

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Authenticity in historical fiction (VI)

Carolyn Hughes Author

In this, my final blog post on the ways in which an historical novelist can achieve authenticity in their writing, I am completing my previous post looking at how to introduce a sense of “otherness” into an historical novel.

Superstition, in particular, but also a belief in charms and spells and in the possibility of monsters, are elements of the “other” that I have found I can incorporate naturally into my stories.

midsummer bonfireThe traditions and rituals of the Midsummer Eve celebrations are important in both Fortune’s Wheel and in the second “Meonbridge Chronicle” that I am currently writing. When bonfires (“bonefires”) were lit across a village, they provided a focus for the merrymaking but also had a superstitious purpose.

Yesterday evening the customary Midsummer bonfires were set around the village, for the flames to ward off evil spirits and the smoke to purify the air. Fortune’s Wheel, p 19

Superstition…

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