The clerkenwell tales is the latest example of ackroyds virtuoso mastery of his subject matter the seattle times a gripping thriller which also happens to be wonderfully full of engaging historical detail and conversation enhancing worlds like hopharlot. The clerkenwell tales by peter ackroyd chatto windus 1599 pp213 religious extremism suicide bombings and an invading army known only through a veil of propaganda and conspiracy theories although such things may seem a present and frightening reality the closest many of us have come to them is by reading about them at a distance of hundreds of miles. The clerkenwell tales is a gripping novel about murder and religious and political intrigue in 14th century london as hinted at in the title a cap is generously doffed to the canterbury tales several characters and chapter headings mimic chaucer and at least superficially . I quite enjoyed the clerkenwell tales set out in a similar way to the canterbury tales which i did some of for a level english lit it tells the story of events in a community in the clerkenwell area of london at the end of the 14th century. The clerkenwell tales is an historical novel by english writer peter ackroyd first published in 2003 plot summary the novel is set in london in the year 1399 a year of revolt revolution and religious conspiracy as henry
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