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Book of Splendor

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Publisher Comments:

Frances Sherwood brings to life the experience of the Jewish community during a period of oppression and rebirth. Set in seventeenth-century Prague, The Book of Splendor is an adventure-filled romance stocked with court intrigue and political tension, including the machinations of the rival Ottoman Empire, the religious controversies of Protestantism, and the constant threat of violence to the Jewish community. At the heart of the novel is Rochel, a bastard seamstress who escapes poverty through an arranged marriage to the tailor Zev, but falls in love with Yossel, the Golem created by Rabbi Loew to protect the Jewish community. Meanwhile, Emperor Rudolph II puts the safety of all Prague at risk in his mad bid for an elixir of immortality. The Book of Splendor is an epic tale reminiscent of Anita Diamant's The Red Tent, and a love story as unlikely as Tracy Chevalier's Girl with a Pearl Earring. Reading group guide included.

Synopsis:

A historical novel about the most unlikely of lovers, interwoven with the mysticism of the Jewish occult.

Synopsis:

"The Book of Splendor" is a historical novel about the most unlikely of lovers, interwoven with the mysticism of the Jewish occult, and replete with the political tension and court intrigue of 17th century Prague.

About the Author

Frances Sherwood is a teacher in South Bend, Indiana, where she lives with her husband. Her previous books of fiction include Vindication and The Book of Splendor.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393324587
Author:
Sherwood, Frances
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Subject:
General
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Europe - Germany
Subject:
Jewish women
Subject:
Rudolf
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Jewish fiction.
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20030731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8.44x6.38x.78 in. .82 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , A historical novel about the most unlikely of lovers, interwoven with the mysticism of the Jewish occult.
"Synopsis" by , "The Book of Splendor" is a historical novel about the most unlikely of lovers, interwoven with the mysticism of the Jewish occult, and replete with the political tension and court intrigue of 17th century Prague.
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