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Margery   By: (1837-1898)

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Margery by Georg Ebers is a captivating and thought-provoking novel set in medieval England. The story follows the life of the eponymous protagonist, Margery, a strong-willed and determined young woman living in a time when women's roles were highly restricted.

The author skillfully depicts the historical backdrop, immersing readers in the customs, beliefs, and social norms of the era. From the very beginning, Ebers effortlessly transports us into Margery's world, where the strict hierarchy of society and the oppressive control of the Church govern every aspect of daily life.

Margery's character is beautifully developed throughout the narrative. She defies societal expectations by resisting a life of marriage and motherhood, choosing instead to follow her own path and spiritual aspirations. Ebers expertly explores Margery's internal struggles, as she grapples with her own beliefs, constantly questioning traditional religious dogma and seeking a deeper connection with God.

The exploration of faith and spirituality is a central theme in the book, offering readers a profound examination of the complexities of religious devotion. Margery embarks on a religious pilgrimage, a journey fraught with physical and emotional challenges, where she encounters various characters who shape her understanding of religion and reshape her identity. Ebers' ability to delve into the multifaceted nature of faith is commendable, and the spiritual undertones provide the story with depth and resonance.

Furthermore, Ebers' writing style is elegant and evocative. His descriptive passages effortlessly transport readers to each scene, making it easy to visualize the landscapes, characters, and events. Through his meticulous attention to detail, the author crafts a vivid and authentic depiction of medieval England, immersing the readers in a world filled with vivid sights, sounds, and even smells.

While the pacing of the narrative may seem slow at times, it serves a purpose, as it allows readers to fully absorb the complexities of Margery's journey and appreciate the intricacies of the historical context. The plot unfolds gradually, with each chapter building upon the previous one, gradually revealing Margery's growth and transformation.

Overall, Margery by Georg Ebers is a compelling read that seamlessly blends historical fiction, spiritual exploration, and personal growth. Ebers expertly captures the essence of medieval England, providing readers with a richly textured story that will both entertain and enlighten. Margery's journey, filled with trials and triumphs, serves as an inspiring testament to the power of perseverance and the pursuit of one's true calling.

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MARGERY, Complete



By Georg Ebers

Translated from the German by Clara Bell


In translating what is supposed to be a transcript into modern German of the language of Nuremberg in the fifteenth century, I have made no attempt to imitate English phraseology of the same date. The difficulty would in fact be insuperable to the writer and the annoyance to the reader almost equally great.

I have merely endeavored to avoid essentially modern words and forms of speech.


"PIETRO GIUSTINIANI, merchant, of Venice." This was the signature affixed to his receipt by the little antiquary in the city of St. Mark, from whom I purchased a few stitched sheets of manuscript. What a name and title!

As I remarked on the splendor of his ancestry he slapped his pocket, and exclaimed, half in pride and half in lamentation:

"Yes, they had plenty of money; but what has become of it?"

"And have you no record of their deeds?" I asked the little man, who himself wore a moustache with stiff military points to it.

"Their deeds!" he echoed scornfully. "I wish they had been less zealous in their pursuit of fame and had managed their money matters better! Poor child!"

And he pointed to little Marietta who was playing among the old books, and with whom I had already struck up a friendship... Continue reading book >>

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