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They were beautifully and poignantly drawn, but gone like mayflies, subsumed in the great dance of time. The chapters are organized as six measures of a dance. Technology has stagnated, with discoveries like electric power outlawed by the Church, leaving the book effectively proto-steampunk.

The Protestant religion is crushed and the Catholic Church of the Spanish Inquisition becomes t Pavane is an alternate history story. Many Britons are squirming under the harsh rule of the Catholic Church.

Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. A young boy is accepted as apprentice semaphore operator. No Regis tacked on in this alternate history. But lots of people I had heard of had, because they all did blurbs for this edition of this book: Anyway, what was definitely a 5-star book for me in college is only a 3-star book for me now.

As a consequence, while Spanish power eventually wanes, the Roman Catholic Church has no rivals and the Pope becomes the effective secular, as well as spiritual, ruler over Europe. Each measure is a story unto itself and can be read as such.

There may not be the technological horror of a holocaust, but power is everywhere, and with it cruelty. The small personal stories are less interesting.


I have now finished the book and have to admit that there is certain descriptive feel about Keith Roberts writing and poetical is certainly a very fair description, lyrical would also be a good descriptive I might add. His obituaries are eager to praise the former and point out the latter.

He began publishing with two stories in the September issue of Science Fantasy magazine, “Anita” the first of a series of stories featuring a teenage modern witch and her eccentric granny and “Escapism.

Pavane – Keith Roberts

To me this felt forced, as though Roberts decided he had beaten too hard on Roman Catholicism and needed to back off a little, a backdown that lessens the impact of his excellent novel somewhat. This page was last edited on 22 Octoberat The world of “Pavane” described in these six measures is rich, strange and familiar by turns.

Roberts writing is exquisite, and the rhythms of his language are enchanting, but for some reason I found it difficult to get caught up in the narrative. Old Earth Books December 15, Language: Leave a message at the tone Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

His luck vanishes when his first solo assignment runs afoul of the Church’s ancient opponent in England.

One person found this helpful. The continuing dominance of the Church across Europe for four hundred years, the slow pace – if not stagnation – of society, and the Church’s control over technology seem somewhat overplayed.

Keith Roberts: Pavane – an infinity plus review

The book uses the motif of the dance, the Pavane Classic 70s alternate history. Oct 09, Scott rated it really liked it Shelves: Dec 13, Charles rated it really liked it Shelves: After an easy year in a wealthy household, he is assigned to a remote rkberts.


These stories take place over a few generations in the late 20th century. In the resulting world, steam-powered trucks transport goods, often subjected to brigand attacks.

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Also, with time and experience, certain things stand out, such as Roberts’ discomfort with writing adolescent women and, worse, the odd gaps in logic and story-telling. Comprising a cycle of linked stories set in DorsetEnglandit depicts a 20th century in which the Roman Catholic Church still has supremacy; in its timelineProtestantism doberts destroyed during wars that resulted from the aftermath of the kwith of Queen Elizabeth in The rural areas of the country are quite deserted, populated with wild animals such as catamounts.

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Yes,it was written in the early s. Imagine a world in keihh Queen Elizabeth I was assassinated inin which the Spanish Armada defeated the English, and in which in the 20th century the Catholic Church controls all of Europe and the New World, suppressing all technology beyond the level of the steam locomotive. Stirling, Christopher Priest, George R.

In this story we learn that the faeries are still active in England — the Roman Catholic Church has not been able to eradicate them. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. But what is not in keiyh is that Pavane remains a real tour de force.

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