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St. George and St. Michael, Volume 1

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St. George and St. Michael is a beautifully written historical novel set in 17th century England during the English Civil War. The story follows the lives of two very different couples - one noble and one common - as they navigate the turbulent times of war and religious strife.

George MacDonald masterfully weaves together the personal struggles of the characters with the larger political events of the time. The rich historical detail and vivid descriptions create a captivating atmosphere that truly transports the reader to this tumultuous period in British history.

The characters are well-developed and complex, each facing their own moral dilemmas and challenges. The themes of love, loyalty, faith, and forgiveness are artfully explored throughout the novel, making it a deeply poignant and thought-provoking read.

Overall, St. George and St. Michael is a compelling and engaging work of historical fiction that will appeal to readers who enjoy thoughtful storytelling and richly drawn characters. Highly recommended for fans of historical fiction and George MacDonald's work.

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’St. George and St. Michael’ is a little-known historical romance telling the story of a young couple who find themselves on opposing sides during the tumultuous years of the English Civil Wars.

Tensions are rising between king and parliament; the Church of England and the numerous independent puritans and rumours abound that Charles I will soon declare open war on the dissident elements within his realm. Seventeen-year-old Dorothy Vaughan knows little of the brewing conflict, yet is sure that her loyalty must be with her king and her nation. When she challenges her childhood friend, Richard Heywood, to prove himself a man and so worthy of winning her hand in marriage by becoming involved in the larger events that surround them, he finds that his convictions – both political and spiritual – lie with his father’s and the puritans. Determined to do what he believes is right, Richard finds that he cannot shake his immovable conscience, even for the woman he loves.

Though it is, for the most part, a realistic novel, ‘St. George and St. Michael’ is not without either the otherwordly atmosphere of the fantastic or the rich spiritual depth that characterises so much of MacDonald’s writing.

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