A BRIDGE TO THE SUN...From the Benedictine monasteries of England to the sacred tombs of darkest Egypt, from the ancient temples of Jerusalem to the great cities of Italy, France and Hungary, here is a riveting saga of medieval times told through the lives of the passionate men and women who envisioned and engineered history's most triumphant and timeless monuments to humaA BRIDGE TO THE SUN...From the Benedictine monasteries of England to the sacred tombs of darkest Egypt, from the ancient temples of Jerusalem to the great cities of Italy, France and Hungary, here is a riveting saga of medieval times told through the lives of the passionate men and women who envisioned and engineered history's most triumphant and timeless monuments to humanity - the great cathedrals and castles of early Europe.A BRIDGE TO THE SKY...Born in a poor Suffolk fishing village, young Stephen of Dunwich was branded a witch by an ignorant peasantry frightened of his remarkable gift. Exiled with his mother, Maud, they were forced to seek shelter from the Black Monks of Ely where Stephen would become the apprentice of a cruel, cold-hearted monk whose true ties to mother and son were carefully guarded. Under Brother Daniel's harsh tutelage, Stephen would acquire the basis of the education he needed to become a brilliant architect; under the spell of a beautiful peasant girl, he would forsake his vows and seek his destiny as a master builder in the greatest cities of the East and the West. A rich, compelling blend of history and drama, A Bridge to the Sky is a magnificent record of Europe's first great burst of creative light after the Dark Ages, and the haunting, fascinating story of a man who dared to dream - and built his dreams in stone and mortar to last a hundred lifetimes....
|Title||:||A Bridge to the Sky|
|Format Type||:||Mass Market Paperback|
|Number of Pages||:||592 Pages|
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A Bridge to the Sky Reviews
Kind of like Ken Follet's Pillars of the Earth, but not as good. There was a lot of unnecessary "plot" going on. And Aude was insufferable.
I read this book while deployed to Saudi Arabia during the first Gulf war, and I am forever grateful to the American people for sending books to the troops. The phrase that "war is 95% boredom and 5% terror" is very true.I had already been to the part of England described before picking up the book and Margaret Ball was able to put me back in East Anglia as I read the first few chapters. The author is able to communicate the difficulties of medieval life accurately while also making the protagonist, Stephen, a very likable character. The reader is able to witness Stephen grow-up, develop and become someone of greatness.
Margaret Ball's work is very variable in quality. Her best books (such asFlameweaver)are both well-crafted and interesting. Others such asDisappearing Act are rougher in style while still engaging and full of ideas. This bland historical romance is smoothly written and accurate in detail while being completely predictable and pedestrian. That said, Aude's transformation from wild girl of the fens to sophisticated beauty is more plausible than many similar stories I've read.
An interesting story starting in Dunwich, then Ely, then getting kind of long-winded and taking in the known world: Italy, Cairo, France, Hungary, etc. I don't usually read fiction set in medieval times, but this one was less trope-y and I liked the connection Stephen had with stones and that supernatural aspect. His lady love Aude I liked too, even though she occasionally did silly 'womanish' things for the plot to continue grinding along. A long story, it could've been shorter. Good read.
I have had this book on my shelf for years and finally got around to reading it and was happy I did. It's an older book so the writing style isn't modern but I really enjoyed the story and the characters.
This was one book I simply could not put down!
This is a wide and sweeping epic. Very interesting and well-written.