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The Gleemaiden Sylvian Hamilton
The Gleemaiden Sylvian Hamilton

The Gleemaiden - Sylvian Hamilton

London: Headline, 2004, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.

Signed by the author, without dedication, on the title page — without provenance.

From the cover: “A woman and a boy are on the run. Behind them ride three men: Michael, Uriel, Samael. Their codenames are those of archangels, but their mission is murder. Roslyn de Sorules, trained by her master as a singer, or gleemaiden, knows that she is being hunted, but not why, only that she must find sanctuary for the child whom she has rescued and now protects. The sanctuary she seeks is Stirrup, the home of Sir Richard Straccan, ex-Crusader, trader in holy relics and general sword for hire.

But Straccan himself is on his travels, far from home, looking for the woman he loves and hopes to marry, now lost to him for more than a year. The trail is cold, and to add to his woes, the Bishop of Winchester has charged him with an extraordinarily tiresome job — escorting an enormous bronze bell north to Durham. At every turn the mission is dogged by calamity.

The fugitive woman and child and the men who hunt them, the vast and unwieldy procession escorting the bell, the quest for Straccan’s lost love, all interweave in the hands of this master storyteller into an historical novel of great richness. Violence and humour, superstition, the need for love and the search for power are all here. Here too is a most vivid cast of characters, from the spies, lepers, monks, bishops and thieves who play the minor roles, to tragic Roslyn de Sorules and Richard Straccan himself — a man of infinite resource and charm.”

Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 275 pages.
The Gleemaiden Sylvian Hamilton