Friday, May 23, 2014
[Review] A Swarming of Bees by Theresa Tomlinson
Author: Theresa Tomlinson
Publisher: Acorn Digital Press December 14, 2013
Genre: Fiction, Murder, Mystery, Anglo-Saxon, Monastery
Format: Kindle ebook
Rating: 5 Stars
Source: Gift from a friend. I chose to read and review. I'm not compensated by the review.
Kindle Price $4.99
A pagan herb-wife named Fridgyth lives in a Christian monastery in the Kingdom of Northumbria. Her friends and neighbors are thankful for her friendship and healing arts. The year is AD 664, and a meeting of the "powerful Christians in the land" is held. There are two groups who must decide the "true way" of worship. One group is the Roman's who insist they follow St. Peter's instructions, the other group is the Irish monks who insist they follow St. John's instructions. A disease spreads through the monastery, and Fridgyth cares for them with the use of her healing arts. Brother Dunstan is found dead and is presumed to have died from the disease, but Fridgyth is not convinced his death was from the disease. When another monk is found dead, her suspicions grow.
I loved the character of Fridgyth (although her name is hard to spell).
She is easy-going, friendly, is never idle, and is kindhearted and loving to everyone. She is intuitive, introspective, intelligent. She has a penchant for understanding people and a talent for diplomacy.
Her keen traits of personality help her to solve the murders.
Monastery history is new to me, but I understand a bit better from reading A Swarming of Bees, that a key component, is a steady and productive rhythm in its life.
Anglo-Saxon history is one of my favorite genres. The time period of 664, is after the Romans left, but before the Viking invaders came. It is an age when England was not a united country. Less is known about the early part of the Middle Ages, also referred to as the Dark Ages. All of this helped spark an strong interest for me in reading, A Swarming of Bees.