Pilgrims

by Matthew Kneale

£8.99


Reserve a copy

×

Reserve a copy

Reserve a copy of Pilgrims for collection at Hart's Books. If you provide your email address below, we will contact you when this item is ready for collection. For delivery by post add the address to the order notes and we will be in touch to arrange payment.

Fiction

Paperback

9781786492395

Published by Atlantic Books

Published April 2021

Books > Fiction > New Books

A The Times and Sunday Times Book of the Year

‘An enthralling and wonderfully vivid novel from a master storyteller’ Joseph O’Connor

‘Kneale’s medieval world is animated with a refreshing lightness of touch’ Sunday Telegraph

1289. A rich farmer fears he’ll go to hell for cheating his neighbours. His wife wants pilgrim badges to sew into her hat and show off at church. A poor, ragged villager is convinced his beloved cat is suffering in the fires of purgatory and must be rescued. A mother believes her son’s dangerous illness is punishment for her own adultery and seeks forgiveness so he may be cured. A landlord is in trouble with the church after he punched an abbot on the nose. A sexually driven noblewoman seeks a divorce so she can marry her new young beau.

These are among a ragtag band of pilgrims that sets off on the tough and dangerous journey from England to Rome, where they hope all their troubles and their prayers will be answered. Some in the group, however, have their own secret reasons for going. Others, while they might aspire to piety, succumb all too often to the sins of the flesh.

A riveting, sweeping novel of medieval society and historic Englishness, Pilgrims illuminates the fallibility of humans, the absurdities and consolations of belief, and the very real violence at the heart of religious fervour.

Ghosts by Dolly Alderton | 9780241988688

Ghosts

Dolly Alderton

£8.99

The Sandpit by Nicholas Shakespeare | 9781529111842

The Sandpit

Nicholas Shakespeare

£8.99

The Chianti Flask by Marie Belloc Lowndes | 9780712353298

The Chianti Flask

Marie Belloc Lowndes

£8.99

One August Night by Victoria Hislop | 9781472278449

One August Night

Victoria Hislop

£8.99

The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave | 9781529075076

The Mercies

Kiran Millwood Hargrave

£8.99

Troubled Blood by Robert Galbraith | 9780751579956

Troubled Blood

Robert Galbraith

£9.99