To my Uncle WILLIAM HERRICK MACAULAY this story of Cambridge and one of our distant relatives
Things were going none too well this morning, the vicar felt.
Slowly he walked from Dean bridge across the meadows to the Court; and he seemed to have already put on immortality, for he might have been some sturdy sylvan god in that serene pastoral landskip, passing on his way to eat and drink with his friends.
In this book of tragedy and great beauty, Rose Macaulay's only historical novel, she reveals a lifelong passion for the seventeenth century. Here she interweaves the lives of Robert Herrick and other poets with those of a small group of fictional characters, setting them vividly in one of the most turbulent periods in English history. "The the great enrichment of the English language Miss Macaulay has chosen an historical subject....She has added something permanent to English letters."--Observer
Rose Macaulay was a successful novelist whose works include Potterism and The Towers of Trebizond.
Susan Howatch is the author of The Dark Shore and Penmarric.
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