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The Oblate's Confession

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978-0996574402

 

  • Catholic Press Association – Catholic Novel (Second Place), First Time Author of a Book (Third Place)
  • Independent Book Publishers Association, Benjamin Franklin Awards – Best New Voice: Fiction (Silver Winner)
  • National Indie Excellence Book Award – Religion: Fiction

 

The seventh century, England: a warrior gives his son to a monastery that rides the border between two rival Anglo-Saxon kingdoms. Growing up in a land wracked by war and plague, the child learns of the oath that binds him to the church and forces a cruel choice upon him. To love one father, he must betray another. The decision he makes shatters his world and haunts him forever. This quietly exotic novel places us compellingly in another time, another place, where chieftains fear holy men, holy men fear the world, and prayer has the primal force of fire.

 

“With a sure hand and a formidable amount of research, Peak brings to life the day-to-day realities of the monastery, its food and drink, its dress, and its duties tied to the seasons....A vividly realized story of one boy's attempt to live a life of faith in a time of war.”

  • Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

 

“From the Benedictine monks and their world to a young oblate's struggles to live in different realities, The Oblate's Confession more than succeeds in recreating the Dark Ages in all their facets.”

- D. Donovan, MBR Bookwatch

“This is a long, deep book. Anyone who likes Anglo-Saxon times before the Vikings or tales of early medieval monastic life will want to take a look…. Recommended.”

- The Historical Novels Review

“An ambitious novel--serious religious themes explored in a remote historical setting (7th century England).”

- Catholic Press Association

Named one of the Best Indie Historical Novels of 2015 (Kirkus Reviews) . Also honored by the Catholic Press Association, the Independent Book Publisher Awards, and the National Indie Excellence Awards. Set in the English Dark Ages. A warrior gives his son to a monastery that rides the border between two rival Anglo-Saxon kingdoms. Growing up in a land wracked by war and plague, the child learns of the oath that binds him to the church and forces a cruel choice upon him. To love one father, he must betray another. The decision he makes shatters his world and haunts him forever. This quietly exotic novel places us compellingly in another time, another place, where chieftains fear holy men, holy men fear the world, and prayer has the primal force of fire. While entirely a work of fiction, the novel's background is historically accurate. In the midst of a tale that touches the human in all of us, readers will find themselves treated to a history of the Dark Ages unlike anything available today outside of textbooks and original source material.

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