By Matthew Dickerson
When Kristinge, a tender monk at a monastery in southeastern France, discovers he's the son of a recognized Frisian hero and king who died in conflict six years prior, he leaves the monastic lifestyles and units out looking for his identification. touring along with his outdated mentor Willimond, a monk initially of Lindisfarne, Kristinge’s trip brings him first throughout France to Denmark to look of his mom, and at last again to his local soil of Friesland. alongside the way in which he meets the younger, decadent, and half-crazy Frankish king Clovis who is living in Paris, and the holy Abbess Telchild of the close by monastery of Jouarre—two of a number of historic figures woven throughout the novel. in spite of the fact that, what starts as a quest to discover his history and locate even if his mom nonetheless lives turns into a type of religious trip of discovery at many different degrees. Kristinge wrestles with the query: who's he, and who may still he turn into? Is he the monk he has spent the previous six years education to be? Or the talented bard that used to be knowledgeable as a formative years to compose songs, sing, and play the harp? Or is he the long run king that may unite Friesland and reserve it from the specter of the more and more strong Danes and Vikings at the one part and decaying yet nonetheless threatening Frankish empire at the different. Compounding his confusion, Kristinge additionally rediscovers and falls in love with a tender lady whom he had identified a long time past as a toddler: a girl who will be a ways above his station have been he to stay a monk yet now not above his station have been he to turn into king.
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The Rood and the Torc: The Song of Kristinge, Son of Finn by Matthew Dickerson