"A wonderful bodice ripper as background reading!" Villeneuve-lès-Avignon Favorite Tip by CatherineReichardt

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Favorite thing: I have no aspirations to be considered an intellectual - in fact, having spend five years in academia, this pretentious breed tend to irritate the living daylights out of me - so I have no shame whatsoever in offering up this superior 'bodice ripper' of a novel as recommended reading for your trip to Villeneuve!

This book by the Scottish author Reay Tannahill is set in the early 15th century and traces the life of a young Scottish woman, Ninian Drummond, who has been raised in Villeneuve-lès-Avignon but returns to Scotland following an arranged marriage.

Quite apart from being a cracking good yarn (and ideal airport reading), what I so enjoyed was the way that it depicted Villeneuve in a period decline following the collapse of the Avignon papacy, and the period of chaos exploited by the Routier brigands (see my tip on the monastery of Chartreuse du Val de Benediction).

The other aspect that I find particularly interesting about this book is the medieval interdependence between Church and state, and the complex dance that was required from both parties to balance their conflicting - but inextricably linked - interests.

Highly coloured, highly romanticised and high recommended reading!

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Oct 25, 2011
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