Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - The Tapestry Shop

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Book Review - The Tapestry Shop

About the Book
The Tapestry Shop
, by Joyce Elson Moore, is an historical novel based on the life of Adam de la Halle, a poet/musician who left behind a vast collection of secular compositions. While researching Adam's music, Moore discovered a little-known fact; the earliest version of the Robin Hood legend may have been Adam's play, Le Jeu de Robin et Marion. Because Adam was patronized by royalty, his play was probably performed in English courts, and would have changed, as legends do. In the retelling, Robin became an English hero, and Robin's companions became the Merry Men.

The book draws the reader into the Middle Ages, where women joined the crusades and students held discourse on the Street of Straw, but the overriding appeal of The Tapestry Shop may be Adam's connection to the popular legend of Robin Hood, the celebrated outlaw who was immortalized in later ballads, and who continues to draw fans around the world to films that center on this elusive hero.

About the Author:
Joyce Elson Moore is an award-winning author of historical fiction. In addition to her novels, her work has appeared in major newspapers and national publications, poetry journals, and anthologies of selected writers.

She lives on the west coast of Florida with her rescued boxer dog, rabbits, tree squirrels, a resident coyote, and several gopher tortoises that call her wooded three acres their home. Joyce is an unabashed Francophile who also enjoys ballroom dancing, RVing and overseas travel, book groups, yoga, visiting with her family, and taking classes in almost anything she has not tried.

Affiliations, past and present, include Historical Novel Society, Florida Writers Assn., Romance Writers of America, Toastmasters International (Area Governor), and National League of American Penwomen, as well as several other writers' organizations. Readers can contact the author through her website, where excerpts from her work are posted: www.joycemoorebooks.com


My Take on the Book
This book transports you back to the thirteenth century! I was amazed at how much research that the author did to allow her readers to experience, the sights, smells, traditions and more that were a part of thirteenth century culture. The book provides a wonderful array of contrast, as you experience the vast difference between serfdom and being a landowner and you feel for the the character of Catherine that is forced into marriage.

If you are a fan of history, you will love this book, and you will find yourself taking the time to plow through the book to get to the end.

If this book sounds like some that you would like in your own library you can find it on Amazon!

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