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St. George and St. Michael   By: (1824-1905)

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St. George and St. Michael by George MacDonald is a mesmerizing tale set in the 16th century, during the tumultuous reign of Queen Mary I. Through vivid descriptions and a remarkable attention to historical details, MacDonald transports readers to a time of religious conflict, political intrigue, and personal heroism.

The story revolves around two main characters, Sir Giles and his nephew Arthur, who find themselves caught in the midst of religious persecution and power struggles. While Sir Giles adheres to the established faith, Arthur is sympathetic to the Protestant cause. As tensions rise and violence erupts, their beliefs and loyalties are put to the ultimate test.

MacDonald’s character development is simply remarkable. Sir Giles is portrayed as a complex figure, torn between his loyalty to the crown and his moral convictions. Arthur, on the other hand, embodies the spirit of youthful idealism and bravery. Their paths continuously cross with a diverse array of characters, each one adding depth and dimension to the narrative.

One of the most captivating aspects of this book is the exploration of themes such as faith, religious tolerance, and the struggle for freedom of conscience. In a time when religious divisions were at their peak, St. George and St. Michael offers a thought-provoking reflection on the consequences of fanaticism and the importance of compassion and understanding.

MacDonald’s prose is elegant and descriptive, painting a vibrant picture of the Tudor era. The dialogues are both engaging and impactful, showcasing the author's deep understanding of human nature. There is an underlying message of hope throughout the story, reminding readers of the resilience of the human spirit and the possibility of redemption even in the darkest of times.

While some may find the pacing to be slower compared to contemporary novels, the rich historical context and carefully crafted characters make up for it. Moreover, MacDonald's ability to capture the essence of religious and social conflicts makes the story incredibly relevant and thought-provoking, even for modern readers.

In conclusion, St. George and St. Michael is an immersive historical fiction that transports readers to a period of religious fanaticism and political turmoil. George MacDonald's meticulous attention to detail, remarkable character development, and insightful exploration of timeless themes elevate this book to a must-read for lovers of historical fiction and those seeking a deeper understanding of the human condition.

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ST. GEORGE AND ST. MICHAEL

BY GEORGE MACDONALD

IN THREE VOLUMES

LONDON

1876

CONTENTS OF VOL. I.

CHAPTER I. DOROTHY AND RICHARD.

CHAPTER II. RICHARD AND HIS FATHER.

CHAPTER III. THE WITCH.

CHAPTER IV. A CHAPTER OF FOOLS.

CHAPTER V. ANIMADVERSIONS.

CHAPTER VI. PREPARATIONS.

CHAPTER VII. REFLECTIONS.

CHAPTER VIII. AN ADVENTURE.

CHAPTER IX. LOVE AND WAR.

CHAPTER X. DOROTHY'S REFUGE.

CHAPTER XI. RAGLAN CASTLE.

CHAPTER XII. THE TWO MARQUISES.

CHAPTER XIII. THE MAGICIAN'S VAULT.

CHAPTER XIV. SEVERAL PEOPLE.

CHAPTER XV. HUSBAND AND WIFE.

CHAPTER XVI. DOROTHY'S INITIATION.

CONTENTS OF VOL. II.

CHAPTER XVII. THE FIRE ENGINE.

CHAPTER XVIII. MOONLIGHT AND APPLE BLOSSOMS.

CHAPTER XIX. THE ENCHANTED CHAIR.

CHAPTER XX. MOLLY AND THE WHITE HORSE.

CHAPTER XXI. THE DAMSEL WHICH FELL SICK.

CHAPTER XXII. THE CATARACT.

CHAPTER XXIII. AMANDA DOROTHY LORD HERBERT.

CHAPTER XXIV. THE GREAT MOGUL.

CHAPTER XXV. RICHARD HEYWOOD.

CHAPTER XXVI. THE WITCH'S COTTAGE.

CHAPTER XXVII. THE MOAT OF THE KEEP.

CHAPTER XXVIII. RAGLAN STABLES.

CHAPTER XXIX. THE APPARITION.

CHAPTER XXX. RICHARD AND THE MARQUIS.

CHAPTER XXXI. THE SLEEPLESS.

CHAPTER XXXII. THE TURRET CHAMBER.

CHAPTER XXXIII. JUDGE GOUT.

CHAPTER XXXIV. AN EVIL TIME... Continue reading book >>




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