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A short excursion into the life of a common maid and her short adventure accompanying smugglers.

As the twentieth-century progresses, the Church maintains a firm grip on Western society, limiting technological and scientific development. To ask other readers questions about Pavaneplease sign up.

Pavane by Keith Roberts

If you’re a fan of alternate history, historical fantasy, or just an all-around great tale, I highly recommend it. The rural areas of the country are quite deserted, populated with wild animals such as catamounts.

The story line shares the quasi-steampunk themes of books like Lest Darkness Fall and The Dragon Waiting, while being truly unique. England falls before the Spanish, and the Reformation pavaje swept away.

We see life through the eyes of a steam train driver, from the perspective of a boy who joins the semaphore guild electronic communications being banned or unknownas brother in a religious craftsman order called to work for the inquisition, from the perspective of pavvane wealthy commoner being pursued by a nobleman and from the vantage point of a noblewoman.


This book is a love song to pvaane landscape, the litany of place-names like a poem, the stones of Avebury, the cliffs that overlook the channel, the ekith, haunted road that leads from Londinium to Aqua Sulis That kind of stuff. And then the ending! This site uses cookies. Based on this premise, Roberts develops his alternative reality in short stories that are linked by persons or themes.

No spoon-feeding of plot or purpose. It is in the form of a pavane, a slow and stately dance of the period, the sections structured here as AABBC where C is the coda or tailpiece and A and B contrasting melodies. The first story is “The Lady Margaret,” in which the ;avane meets the Strange family. The title is the name of Jesse’s steam engine and also the name roberys the woman he loves The second “measure” is called “The Signaller”. Oct 22, Beth rated it really liked it Shelves: Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web.

To me this felt forced, as though Roberts decided he had beaten too hard on Roman Catholicism and needed to back off a roberhs, a backdown that lessens the impact of his excellent novel somewhat.

Almost but not quite. As a consequence, while Spanish power eventually wanes, the Roman Catholic Church has no rivals and the Pope becomes the effective secular, as well as spiritual, ruler over Europe.

How to describe Pavane?

However, the whole contains a thread of gradual change, growing with each story and culminating in profound alteration. The Church has electricity, people know they have been repressed, and there are rumors of revolution.


Pavane – Keith Roberts

There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Light, blue and vague, filtered through the long strips of the skylights, showing the roof ties stark like angular metal bones. The Church rules with a heavy hand and suppressed technology.

Roberts appears to have aimed for more than this, and when this succeeds it is impressive and moving. Horses pavsne still the major means of transportation for most. An exquisitely crafted alternate history of England. The situation is the same in ; technological development is pretty much non-existent except for steam power, and it is heresy to develop any further technologies.

It was obviously a seminal work of sf criticism though. They were beautifully and poignantly drawn, but gone like mayflies, subsumed in the great dance of time.

A brief prologue provides an introduction to the dance. On his deputation to a remote semaphore for the winter he faces his fate. Roberts, meanwhile, writes with the lyrical grace of a poet; take this little window into a traction engine shed from the first pages of chapter one:.

Will he gain her affection or will he have to mourn what may never be?

Review by Iain Rowan.