Carol Fass Publicity & Public Relations sent me this book in exchange for an impartial review. Here's what they say about it:
|The Tapestry Shop, by Joyce Elson Moore, is an historical novel based on the life of Adam de la Halle, a poet/musician who left behind a vast collection of secular compositions. While researching Adam's music, Moore discovered a little-known fact; the earliest version of the Robin Hood legend may have been Adam's play, Le Jeu de Robin et Marion. Because Adam was patronized by royalty, his play was probably performed in English courts, and would have changed, as legends do. In the retelling, Robin became an English hero, and Robin's companions became the Merry Men.|
The book draws the reader into the Middle Ages, where women joined the crusades and students held discourse on the Street of Straw, but the overriding appeal of The Tapestry Shop may be Adam's connection to the popular legend of Robin Hood, the celebrated outlaw who was immortalized in later ballads, and who continues to draw fans around the world to films that center on this elusive hero.
And here's what I say: I enjoyed this book. About halfway through reading it, I misplaced the book for a few hours and I was very upset not knowing exactly how it ended (I was quite relieved when I found it). I'll give the author that... she definitely kept me guessing. The pace was good and I generally liked the characters. There was something about the heroine in this story that turned me off a little bit. I'm not really sure what it is, but perhaps it was simply her naiveness. How she made decisions based on completely ludicrous ideas. But, I must remember that this was the 1200's and people did think like that back then. And really, I did like her and genuinely wanted to make sure she was happy. So overall, an interesting read.