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A bold new novel from the author of Restoration and The Way I Found Her.

In the year 1629, a young English lutenist named Peter Claire arrives at the Danish court to join King Christian IV's royal orchestra. From the moment when he realizes that the musicians have to perform in a freezing cellar underneath the royal apartments, he understands that he's come to a place where the opposing states of light and dark, good and evil, are waging war to the death. Designated the king's "Angel" because of his good looks, he finds himself falling in love with the young woman who is the companion of the king's adulterous and estranged wife, Kirsten. With his loyalties fatally divided, how will Peter Claire find the path that will realize his hopes and save his soul?

With a sure, alchemical touch and the narrative finesse that always turns her histories into a kind of magic, Rose Tremain has fashioned a rich, provocative historical romance as pungent as Denmark's salty air. This is a tale of opposites: light and darkness, tenderness and violence, music and silence.

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Set in seventeenth-century Denmark, Rose Tremain's dazzling, prize-winning tale is a pungently atmospheric, richly provocative, and masterfully orchestrated romance of point and counterpoint: loyalty and deception...tenderness and violence...community and alienation...peace and conflict...Music & Silence.

Peter Claire is an English lutenist summoned to Denmark to join King Christian IV's royal orchestra. Designated the king's "Angel" because of the purity of his physical beauty, Peter falls helplessly in love with the lovely companion of Queen Kirsten, the king's adulterous wife. The young musician finds himself dangerously torn between loyalties, ensnared in the deep-seated unrest of a royal court where the forces of good and evil, of harmony and dissonance, are ensconced in a battle to the death.

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Winner of the 1999 Whitbread Prize, Music & Silence is Rose Tremain's eighth novel. Her previous work includes The Way I Found Her and Sacred Country, which are available from Washington Square Press. She has won the Prix Femina Etranger and the Sunday Express Book of the Year Award and has been short-listed for the Booker Prize.

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cariola119, November 29, 2009 (view all comments by cariola119)
Is it possible for Rose Tremain to write a BAD book? From my experience so far, the answer would have to be "No." Music and Silence is absolutely exquisite. Tremain gets just right the mix of opulence and stringency, melancholy and joy, hope and despair that war with one another in the 17th century court of King Chistian of Denmark. All of her characters may not be likeable (the selfish Kristin, for one, and Tillson's second wife Mordalena, for another); but each one is unique and fascinating in his or her own right. What is Music and Silence about? The disappointment of love--and the perseverance of love. The power of art and the power of words. Family dynamics that can almost destroy its members yet somehow manages to pull them together. The influence of the past and the persistence of memory. And so much more. To give you any more details, if you haven't read this beautiful novel, would spoil the experience. Highly recommended!

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todd budden, July 31, 2008 (view all comments by todd budden)
the story really pulls you along as you go from one group of characters to the next (about four groups in all) and how they are woven together. one character is known as "the almost queen" after her husband, the king, tells her that she can no longer be his queen. beauty of a book. i would also highly recommend "Restoration" from the same author.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780743418263
Author:
Tremain, Rose
Publisher:
Washington Square Press
Location:
New York
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Musicians
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
17th century
Subject:
Denmark
Subject:
Norway
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Christian
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B102
Series Volume:
106-805
Publication Date:
May 2001
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
8.50x5.60x1.25 in. 1.51 lbs.

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Product details 512 pages Washington Square Press - English 9780743418263 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Set in seventeenth-century Denmark, Rose Tremain's dazzling, prize-winning tale is a pungently atmospheric, richly provocative, and masterfully orchestrated romance of point and counterpoint: loyalty and deception...tenderness and violence...community and alienation...peace and conflict...Music & Silence.

Peter Claire is an English lutenist summoned to Denmark to join King Christian IV's royal orchestra. Designated the king's "Angel" because of the purity of his physical beauty, Peter falls helplessly in love with the lovely companion of Queen Kirsten, the king's adulterous wife. The young musician finds himself dangerously torn between loyalties, ensnared in the deep-seated unrest of a royal court where the forces of good and evil, of harmony and dissonance, are ensconced in a battle to the death.

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