- Joris of the Rock
infobox Book |
name = Joris of the Rock
image_caption = Newcastle edition cover, 1976
language = English
genre = Historical
release_date = 1928
media_type = Print (Hardback)
pages = 325 pp
isbn = NA
preceded_by = Gerfalcon (1927)
"Joris of the Rock" is a
fantasynovel by Leslie Barringer, the second book in his three volume Neustrian Cycle. It is set around the fourteenth century in an alternate medieval Francecalled Neustria(historically an early division of the Frankish kingdom). The book was first published by Heinemann in 1928.
Its significance was recognized by its republication by the
Newcastle Publishing Companyas the ninth volume of the celebrated Newcastle Forgotten Fantasy Libraryseries in September, 1976.
The publisher's blurb for the 1928 edition reads:
"Mediaeval outlaws were not as a rule good neighbours, and Joris is no exception. Believing himself to be one of the men for whom this world was made, he challenges Church and State, loves and waits for the witch, Red Anne, fights a fiend by the Singing Stones, finds a kingdom in his gift, and meets at length the youth who is his son. The interwoven lives of Joris and Juhel afford a texture now harsh now delicate, shadowed by grimmest irony, yet lit with fires of loyalty and faith. The action of the story, beginning before the action of "Gerfalcon", includes and overpasses the time of the latter; neither tale is needed for the enjoyment of the other, but many readers will welcome a new encounter with Raoul of Ger and his friends in the days of their prosperity."
Chapter headings of the 1928 edition:
#The way of Joris of the Rock.
#The tower of Ath.
#Herodias at Hastain.
#The patience of Joris of the Rock.
#Diana in the forest.
#Gramberge and the Singing Stones.
#Colloquy at Belsaunt.
#The spires of Hautarroy.
#The glory of Joris of the Rock.
#The causeway at Markmont.
#The beating of the high hills.
#The son of Joris of the Rock.
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