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The Last Hours: A Novel af Minette Walters
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The Last Hours: A Novel (original 2017; udgave 2018)

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When the Black Death enters England through the port of Melcombe in Dorseteshire in June 1348, no one knows what manner of sickness it is or how it spreads and kills so quickly. The Church cites God as the cause, and religious fear grips the people as they come to believe that the plague is a punishment for wickedness. But Lady Anne of Develish has her own ideas. Educated by nuns, Anne is a rarity among women, being both literate and knowledgeable. With her brutal husband absent from Develish when news of this pestilence reaches her, she takes the decision to look for more sensible ways to protect her people than daily confessions of sin. Well-versed in the importance of isolating the sick from the well, she withdraws her people inside the moat that surrounds her manor house and refuses entry even to her husband. She makes an enemy of her daughter and her husband's steward by doing so, but her resolve is strengthened by the support of her leading serfs ... until food stocks run low and the nerves of all are tested by continued confinement and ignorance of what is happening in the world outside. The people of Develish are alive. But for how long? And what will they discover when the time comes for them to cross the moat?… (mere)
Medlem:Michmars
Titel:The Last Hours: A Novel
Forfattere:Minette Walters (Forfatter)
Info:HarperCollins Publishers (2018), 560 pages
Samlinger:Finished, Dit bibliotek
Vurdering:****
Nøgleord:Black deathPlague14th centuryEnglandDorsetHistorical fictionMedievalMiddle agesFeudalismSerfsnormansMysteryHistorical mystery

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The who is figured out pretty early, but not exactly the why. Lots of description of the landscape, but it highlights what it would be like when most people knew little beyond their immediate surroundings and venture out. The differences in classes, serfs vs. nobles (which is essentially Normans vs. English), is very evident. Interesting to see the logic as they try to figure out how the plague is spread. Wains a little in the middle, but picks up again towards the end. However ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, so have the second book ready to go with you. Apparently the series is only going to have 2 books. Characters not terribly well developed, fairly one dimensional and stereotypical. I wish there was notes at the end to separate the fact from the fiction. ( )
  Michmars | May 2, 2021 |
I am glad I finished but not sure I care enough to read the sequel. ( )
  FurbyKirby | Jan 5, 2021 |
De pest waart rond in Dorset, midden 14e eeuw. Lady Anne heeft in haar kloosterjaren veel geleerd over hygiëne, goede voeding, en dergelijke, en zo kan zij, als de lord aan de pest is bezweken, haar horigen voor de ziekte behoeden. Ze geeft ook niet om rangen en standen, tot grote woede van haar dochter, die juist, net als haar vader, helemaal niets geeft om mensen van lagere rang.
Het is het eerste deel, en het nodigt zeker uit om ook het tweede deel te lezen.
  wannabook08 | Dec 23, 2020 |
The story of the plague, which entered Dorsetshire in 1348. The main story takes place on the Manor of Develish, which is led by an unusually strong, but quiet and gentle Lady Anne. Her serfs look to her since her husband died of the plague. The action was a bit slow, but all in all this was a great period piece. The ending is a cliff-hanger, so I am compelled to read the next book in the series! 547 pages ( )
  Tess_W | Sep 18, 2020 |
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There’s no shortage of corpses in these 500-plus pages, including a murder victim, but The Last Hours is not historical crime; the influence seems rather to have been Follett’s Kingsbridge novels, with their multiple story lines and large cast....Though this makes for less than complex characters, it does allow enjoyably straightforward heroes and villains, and The Last Hours is in part a morality tale; anyone who believes their birth or title sets them above their fellows will quickly learn a lesson in equality. ...Walters portrays the plague’s effects with the unflinching detail she brought to rotting and dismembered bodies in her earlier novels. Her descriptions of the Dorset landscape, the organisation of the manor and its lands, and techniques of hunting and household management show evidence of careful research... With The Last Hours, she has swapped that taut plotting for a more expansive structure and ambitiously broad canvas. Whether it will win over her previous fans remains to be seen but, as the inhabitants of Develish discover, striking out for the unknown is a worthwhile adventure, whatever the outcome.
 

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In Dorseteshire the plague made the country quite void of inhabitants so that there were almost none left alive. From there it passed into Devonshire and Somersetshire, even unto Bristol, and raged in such sort that the Gloucestershire men would not suffer the Bristol men to have access to them by any means. But at length it came to Gloucester, yea, even to Oxford and to London, and finally it spread over all England and so wasted the people that scarce the tenth person of any sort was left alive.
—Geoffrey the Baker, Chronicon Angliae temporibus Edwardi II et Edwardi III
We see death coming into our midst like black smoke, a plague which cuts off the young, a rootless phantom which has no mercy or fair countenance. It is seething, terrible, wherever it may come, a head that gives pain and causes a loud cry, a burden carried under the arms, a painful angry knob, a lump. It is an ugly eruption that comes with unseemly haste. The early ornament of a Black Death.
—Jeuan Gethin (d. 1349)
And there were those who were so sparsely covered with earth that the dogs dragged them forth and devoured many bodies throughout the city.
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Men and women [of Florence] abandoned their dwellings, their relatives, and their property . . . as if they thought nobody in the city would remain alive and that its last hour had come.
—Giovanni Boccaccio, The Decameron
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When the Black Death enters England through the port of Melcombe in Dorseteshire in June 1348, no one knows what manner of sickness it is or how it spreads and kills so quickly. The Church cites God as the cause, and religious fear grips the people as they come to believe that the plague is a punishment for wickedness. But Lady Anne of Develish has her own ideas. Educated by nuns, Anne is a rarity among women, being both literate and knowledgeable. With her brutal husband absent from Develish when news of this pestilence reaches her, she takes the decision to look for more sensible ways to protect her people than daily confessions of sin. Well-versed in the importance of isolating the sick from the well, she withdraws her people inside the moat that surrounds her manor house and refuses entry even to her husband. She makes an enemy of her daughter and her husband's steward by doing so, but her resolve is strengthened by the support of her leading serfs ... until food stocks run low and the nerves of all are tested by continued confinement and ignorance of what is happening in the world outside. The people of Develish are alive. But for how long? And what will they discover when the time comes for them to cross the moat?

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