The Heaven Tree Trilogy: The Heaven Tree, the Green Branch, the Scarlet Seed

The Heaven Tree Trilogy: The Heaven Tree, the Green Branch, the Scarlet Seed A Trilogy Of Novels Set In Twelfth Century England And Wales The Heaven Tree, The Green Branch, And The Scarlet Seed Chronicles The Adventures Of Master Stone Carver Harry Talvace Ralf Isambard, Lord Of Parfois And Their Two SonsSet On The Volatile, Hotly Disputed Welsh Border, This Full Bodied, Swift Moving Story Of Deadly Politics, Clashing Armies, And Private Passions Sweeps The Reader Into Its Characters Grand Quest For Justice And Vengeance The Trilogy Focuses On Harry Talvace, Who Bears Stamped On His Face The Lineage Of Shrewsbury S Norman Conquerors Born To Aristocratic Parents And Nursed By A Stone Mason S Wife, He Grows Up Fiercely Loyal To His Breast Brother, The Sunny, Irresistibly Charming Adam Harry Also Discovers That He Has A Gift The Ability To Carve Stone With The Sure Hand Of GeniusIn His Fifteenth Year, Harry S Devotion To Adam And His Obsession To Sculpt Set Into Motion The Thrilling Tale Of Volume One, The Heaven Tree Rebelling Against His Father And Fleeing England To Save Adam, Harry Finds His Destiny Entangled In The Affairs Of Commoners And Kings, Divided By Two Women The Courageous Dark Haired Gilleis And The Beautiful Courtesan Benedetta And Pledged To The Brooding, Mysterious Lord Of Parfois, Ralf Isambard, Who Sponsors Harry S Monumental Creation Of A Cathedral And While Wales And France Challenge England S Crown, These Men And Women Follow Their Desires Toward Jealousy, Pitiless Revenge, And Passion So Madly Glorious Neither Time Nor A Merciless Execution Can End It In Volume Two, The Green Branch, Harry S Son, Young Harry Talvace, Is Drawn Into The Fabulous Intrigues Of The Court Of Llewelyn, Prince Of North Wales, And Bound By A Blood Oath To Find And Kill His Father S Old Enemy, Isambard Yet The Threads That Bind His Life To The Ruthless Isambard Are Not So Easily Severed, As Harry Falls Under The Spell Of The Aging Warrior LordThe Concluding Volume, The Scarlet Seed, Brings Full Circle This Tale Of Implacable Enmity And Unshakeable Loyalty As A Kingdom Shudders Under The Flames Of Civil War And Captor Becomes Captive, The Final Siege Of Parfois Creates A Climax To This Tale So Majestic, Noble, And Heartbreaking No Reader Will Ever Forget It

Jolyon Carr,

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  • Hardcover
  • 899 pages
  • The Heaven Tree Trilogy: The Heaven Tree, the Green Branch, the Scarlet Seed
  • Edith Pargeter
  • English
  • 10 April 2018
  • 9780446517089

10 thoughts on “The Heaven Tree Trilogy: The Heaven Tree, the Green Branch, the Scarlet Seed

  1. says:

    This is one of the finest historical fiction novels out there Technically it s three novels, but they all blur into one The story revolves around a trio of people bound together in ways they don t understand a ruthless English lord, his enigmatic Italian mistress, and the talented stonemason who builds the lord s cathedral The characters are wonders The stonemason hero is so pure and good he is nearly a saint, yet without ever being saccharine or unrealistic The lord is a villain who earns first our undying hatred, and then our unwilling love as he redeems himself A miracle of a book.

  2. says:

    The first book in the trilogy, The Heaven Tree, tells the story of master stonemason Harry Talvace as he is hired by Ralf Isambard to build him a great cathedral at Parfois along the Welsh Marches Isambard also brings courtesan Benedetta along with him as mistress, although he is unaware that Benedetta bears a lifelong unrequited love for Harry Harry makes a desperate choice to save a child from hanging that has dire consequences for himself, his wife and Benedetta, although Harry returns to his commitment to complete the cathedral despite the sentence of a traitor s death hanging over him The Green Branch, the second book in the trilogy takes up the story of Master Harry s son also called Harry who has been raised in Wales as a foster son to Prince Llewellyn Harry is unknowingly drawn into the adulterous affair between Llewellyn s wife Joan also known as Joanna and William de Braose, and as a result of the scandal Harry flees Llewellyn s court and heads to Parfois to enact his revenge against Isambard for his father s death, but fifteen year old Harry is no match for Isambard and is taken prisoner Ralph refuses to ransom Harry back to his family, and eventually the hatred that first existed between the two sworn enemies develops into something very different and unexpected to both men In the final book, The Scarlet Seed, Harry continues to learn the masonry craft of his father whilst still being held prisoner by Isambard Desperate to free Harry, Benedetta offers Isambard another hostage, one he cannot refuse, but a choice unacceptable to Benedetta s servant John the Fletcher John makes an attempt on Ralph s life that takes a tragic turn, and as a consequence the jailer now becomes the prisoner in his own home As the Marches explode into civil war, the Welsh storm the unassailable Parfois and the fates of Isambard, Madonna Benedetta and Master Harry are forever entwined through eternity While the start of The Heaven Tree may be a bit too slow paced for some readers, Pargeter s beautiful prose and lyrical writing is one to sit back and slowly savor like a fine red wine or chocolate or both and I highly recommend this for any lover of medieval fiction It s not quite as perfect a read for me as Penman s Here Be Dragons, but pretty darn close, and that final scene in the cathedral between Isambard, Benedetta and Master Harry I m not telling was nothing short of perfection Five stars.

  3. says:

    I think I read the first book in the trilogy around 1993 or 94 Not sure when I finished them Brilliant writing, profoundly moving, redemptive, thought provoking Takes place in the Middle Ages Central character an artist of great integrity Harder to find in this country Edith Pargeter is the real name of Ellis Peters, author of the Brother Cadfael mysteries The Heaven Tree was, by her admission, her best work, and I d have to agree.

  4. says:

    I bought these books in a bookstall in the Leeds train station in 1969, when I was 15, and they rocketed to the top of my favorites list, where they remain to this day Fascinating characters, a great story Until I discovered Dorothy Dunnett, these were the measuring stick by which I measured all other historical fiction.

  5. says:

    For some reason, I didn t really like it all that much until about 300 pages in Around 600 pages, I started really enjoying it, and by the 800th page I was in love I can t put my finger on why I don t love it as a whole, though There s something, some flaw or inconsistency that puts my teeth on edge and keeps me from loving it the way I love that type of book The only thing I can come up with is that Pargeter reminds me of my own writing though hers is obviously better She used the same plot twists I would ve, the same style of dialogue, and I could predict exactly what was going to happen down to the words that the character was going to say, sometimes Not because the book was exceptionally predictable, but just because it s what I would ve had happen next in the plot or what I would ve made the character say as well Her flaws remind me of my flaws She has characters touch each other too often Not in a weird way or anything, but people are forever putting a bracing hand on someone s shoulder or hugging someone or nudging someone, things like that For me, I do the same thing with facial expressions, particularly smiles No one in real life smiles as much as I write that they do It s not that my people are particularly happy characters sometimes they smile grimly, or grimace, or grin viciously, but they re always smiling, and I have to go through a story once I ve written it and pull out fully half of the smiles before the blasted thing is anywhere near realistic Pargeter s physical contact is my smiling But aside from that, I really did ultimately love the book, and I highly recommend it Even if you don t read the book, just read her introduction It s only 2 pages long, and it s beautiful in itself, the way she talks about her story.

  6. says:

    This is a rich trilogy, full of powerful themes, genuine wisdom and historical references As I finished it, I was pondering Pargeter s examination of paradox This series is about life and deathdefeat and victorybetrayal and loyaltyhonor and wickednessrevenge and forgivenesssuffering and joydespair and hopecreation and destructionendings and regenerationroyalty and tradesmannobility and servantsfeeling and reasontruth and falsehoodcaptivity and freedom.Additional themes are politics, personal ambition, art beauty, the making developing character of a man Speaking of men, the friendship between the two leading men is wonderfully done Both men are strong characters, who respect and help each other throughout their lives, and model the kind of friendship we all treasure.This is a series to be read and reread For men, there are strong male leads, and women there are touches of romance For both, it is steeped in English middle ages history I give it my highest recommendation For reviews of the three books in this trilogy, start hereThe Heaven Tree Heaven Tree Trilogy Book 1 , Pargeter, 1960https review showWhere to go from here if you ve read it For a fictional look at conflict between good and evil, that has a medieval feel, seeThe Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Tolkien, 1955https review showFor a fictional look at war, but in a dystopian futuristic setting, seeThe Hunger Games Trilogy, Collins, 2010https review show

  7. says:

    I read this quite recently which is amazing since I read other Edith Pargeter works when her books were contemporary I loved this trilogy I bought each book separately from picking one up in a charity shop the beauty of the words, the romance, that harshness of the times wondrous stuff. the books are on my shelf for me to re discover in a few years time

  8. says:

    4 22 17Amidst the annual spring reading slump, I m going through old favorites, hoping to capture the remembered pleasure page 188 Harry went on foot through the town, downhill by the curving streets in the sharp, cool light of the morning Nine years had not greatly changed Shrewsbury The narrow shop fronts between their dark, timbered portals, the leaning gables serrated against the pale, pearly sky were as he remembered them, and the people who rubbed shoulders with him were unfamiliar only in a degree of quietness and reserve, almost of suspicion, as though strangers were no longer so frequent or so welcome as once they had been A sign of the times, like the silence of the bells Here in the town which had been his home he felt the want of them again like a gnawing hunger At this hour of the morning the roofs should have been rocking with sound but for over a year now all the bells of England had been silled, all the churches closed, the brides bedded with clandestine ceremonies or none, the dead buried without rites, in pits by the roadside And the king, acting with as great audacity as the Pope, and as little regard for the efforts of his strategy on the innocent and helpless, had appropriated to himself all the lands and rents and properties of the church Without income neither clerics nor monastics could feed themselves, much less provide for the sick and poor around them Innocent struck at John, John struck at Innocent, and both blows fell on the poor man in his field All over the appointment of an archbishop But no, it was less simple than that, that was the chosen occasion, not the cause This Pope, able, brilliant and ambitious, was an emperor lost, and saw Christendom as a temporal as well as a spiritual empire and John, the most stiff necked of the princes of Christendom, and the one most likely to see his island kingdom as a secular force with an integrity of its own, stood squarely in his way In their trial of strength, the people of England were the pawns, expendable until the want of them threatened to decide the game Page 202 A noble space, and a marvelous setting The faint luminosity of the rock, the harvest of the day s stored sunlight, seemed to float a foot or two in air over the place, as though the walls had already begun to rise The north face would be presented to view from the castle, the south from the climbing track He must consider the whole group, castle and church together, the counterpoise between them here, the unity they would present to those who looked up at the from the valleys on either side, the greater valley of the Severn to the west A review copied KIRKUS REVIEW A robust and majestically peopled and paced medieval trilogy a stormy tale of thunderous dark passions and spiritual triumphs in a one volume collection of two hitherto out of print novels and one never before published here from the author, as Ellis Peters, of the hugely popular Brother Cadfael mysteries The Heaven Tree 1960 begins the story of stone mason Harry Talvace, who is brought to Parfois, in Shrewsbury, by Ralf Isambard, to create a church In the reign of King John, however, English Welsh conflicts heat, and Isambard, Lord of Parfois, orders Harry horribly killed for treason Meanwhile, Isambard s mistress, Benedetta, refusing marriage, is bound to the corpse to perish but narrowly escapes death Then, in The Green Branch 1962 , young Harry, son of the craftsman who had finished his church in chains matches wits with the Lord of Parfois, awaiting revenge Finally, in The Scarlet Seed in its first US appearance all the old horrors and griefs, rages and revenges, will shrivel and dissipate The Lord Isambard tall, lean, a dark recollection of beauty reveals a heart in agony and a painful growing love of his son, young Harry Eventually, while war rages betwen the English and Welsh, old man Isambard and Benedetta will die magnificently, Aida fashion, in the boarded up church and young Harry will find a bride, see war as both an Englishman and Welshman, witness the end of Parfois and of hatred and know that his father s church, now in fragments, will wear out the stone Eyes that have once seen it see all things differently thereafter Pargeter s work is remarkable for its consistent high seriousness, and, here, once again, she manages to give appropriate shading to both the barbarous and spiritual in the medieval mind These are mighty beings and Pargeter gives them mighty deaths and revelations Occasionally the prose may wobble on the edge of purple, but there s always a quick step recovery into Pargeter s usual supple and solemnly lyrical narration A quite grand affair.

  9. says:

    This trilogy had all my favorite things History of Wales and England during the turbulent 13th century, stone masons building a church much like Pillars of the Earth, characters you either hated or loved, and each edition left me needing to pick up the next book to see what happened I even liked the way it ended, weaving together all of the pieces rather seamlessly I loved it.

  10. says:

    I have no words This book is intense, deep, and enveloping passionate, rich, and indescribably wonderful Any lover of Tolkien, fan of historical fiction, or romantic should read it Simple as that.

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