Ramping Cat

By: Mawson, Christian

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[spine turned, bottom edge worn, spotting/soiling to page edges, covers and interior clean except for original owner's signature in pencil on front pastedown; jacket is spotted, rubbed, faded, small piece missing at top of spine, a few small edge-tears]. An "outrageous novel" (the author's first), according to the dust jacket, which also says that "if you know your way about English history, it will not be long before some of the characters strike a familiar note. From that moment you will realize that you are reading the story of perhaps the most harrowing among the many crises through which the English people have passed. Yet you would hardly call [the book] an historical novel. Its characters do not move about in period rooms dressed in period costumes." Basically, the novel is populated with 16th-century characters (notably Thomas Cromwell, agent of Cardinal Wolsey and later loyal adviser to King Henry VIII until the latter fell out with Anne of Cleves, Cromwell having arranged the marriage, at which point he got himself beheaded) moving about in what to all intents and purposes is England circa 1940, with cars,telephones, references to the War Office, "the Reich," and so forth. [ Somewhat reminiscent of the Ian McKellen RICHARD III film of a few years back.] The narrator is the younger brother of the Duke of Norfolk, referred to throughout the book as "Spanker"; the book's title comes from Shakespeare ("Henry IV," if you must know); and "Cat" is the familiar name of the narrator's daughter, as well. It's all a little too much for me, but no doubt a fascinating read for someone steeped in the historical period.

Title: Ramping Cat

Author: Mawson, Christian

Categories: Fiction: Historical,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: London, Jonathan Cape: 1941

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good in Fair dj

Seller ID: 6266

Keywords: Thomas Cromwell Henry VIII English History Protestant Reformation England Politics