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The Well of Saint Clare   By: (1844-1924)

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The Well of Saint Clare by Anatole France is a captivating novel that takes readers on a mesmerizing journey through medieval France. Set in the 13th century, the story revolves around the life of a young monk, Guillaume de Champfeu, who becomes infatuated with a mysterious young girl named Beatrice, the illegitimate daughter of a nobleman.

Anatole France's writing style is richly descriptive and effortlessly transports readers to the heart of medieval France. Through vivid and atmospheric descriptions, France brings to life the magnificent landscapes, bustling marketplaces, and imposing cathedrals of the era. His attention to detail immerses readers in a bygone world, where the clash between religious dogma and human desires creates a fascinating and often tumultuous backdrop.

The protagonist, Guillaume, is a complex and multi-layered character. As a monk torn between his vows and his passion for Beatrice, his internal struggle resonates with readers. France masterfully portrays Guillaume's internal conflict as he grapples with his devotion to God and his longing for earthly love. This conflict is portrayed with great sensitivity, making Guillaume relatable and compelling.

Beatrice, too, is a captivating character. As an illegitimate child caught in the hierarchy of medieval society, she navigates a world fraught with prejudice and intrigue. France beautifully illustrates her journey of self-discovery, as she learns to assert her independence and defy societal expectations. Her strength and resilience are inspiring, and readers will find themselves rooting for her throughout the story.

While The Well of Saint Clare explores timeless themes of love, faith, and destiny, it also delves into the corrupt practices of the Church during the Middle Ages. Through the portrayal of the power-hungry clergy and their manipulation of religious doctrine, France offers a critique of the corruption and hypocrisy that plagued the Church during that era. This adds a layer of social commentary to the narrative, elevating it beyond a mere love story into a thought-provoking exploration of human nature and societal institutions.

The pacing of the novel is deliberate, allowing readers to savor every moment. France unfolds the story gradually, building suspense and intrigue along the way. This deliberate pacing, combined with his masterful storytelling, keeps readers engaged and invested in the characters' fates.

The Well of Saint Clare is a beautifully written novel that offers a captivating glimpse into medieval France. Anatole France's evocative prose, well-developed characters, and exploration of timeless themes make this a compelling and thought-provoking read. Whether you are a fan of historical fiction or simply enjoy a gripping tale of love and self-discovery, this book is sure to captivate and transport you to a long-forgotten era.

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Transcribers note: The Greek passages in this text have been transliterated into Latin characters. The symbol [oe] represents an oe ligature.

THE WORKS OF ANATOLE FRANCE IN AN ENGLISH TRANSLATION EDITED BY FREDERIC CHAPMAN

THE WELL OF SAINT CLARE

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THE WELL OF SAINT CLARE

BY ANATOLE FRANCE

A TRANSLATION BY ALFRED ALLINSON

[Illustration]

LONDON: JOHN LANE, THE BODLEY HEAD NEW YORK: JOHN LANE COMPANY: MCMIX

WM. BRENDON AND SON, LTD., PRINTERS, PLYMOUTH

CONTENTS

Prologue The Reverend Father Adone Doni 3 San Satiro 17 Messer Guido Cavalcanti 51 Lucifer 73 The Loaves of Black Bread 85 The Merry Hearted Buffalmacco 95 i. The Cockroaches 96 ii. The Ascending up of Andria Tafi 106 iii. The Master 118 iv. The Painter 124 The Lady of Verona 133 The Human Tragedy 141 i. Fra Giovanni. 141 ii... Continue reading book >>




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