Book Review: Pavane by Keith Roberts

PavanePavane by Keith Roberts

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

1588: Queen Elizabeth is felled by an assassin’s bullet. Within the week, the Spanish Armada had set sail, and its victory changed the course of history. 1968: England is still dominated by the Church of Rome. There are no telephones, no television, no nuclear power. As Catholicism and the Inquisition tighten their grip, rebellion is growing.

Why this book took nearly a month to read I’ve no idea, it is a tremendous read!
It is basically a series of short stories, loosely related but all set on a different time-line. The characters are well defined and I felt a sympathy for each character I met. The separate stories are great, full of detail and easy to read.

I really enjoyed this book and it is a definite recommend to any Sci-Fi fan who likes something a bit different. I would think it would capture the imagination of readers of historical fiction as well because nothing is fantastical apart from the premise itself. Great fiction!

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Published by Panther Science Fiction 1974
191 Pages
First Published in GB by Rupert-Hart Davies Ltd 1968

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