I Am England
I AM ENGLAND is the 1987 Georgette Heyer Award winner--and justly so, for this is a very bold and rich novel. Patricia Wright, who lives in the countryside of Sussex which she describes so well in this novel, is the author of several previous novels, such as HEART OF THE STORM and JOURNEY INTO FIRE, and many historical articles. The people who inhabit I AM ENGLAND are richly drawn in both their strengths and weaknesses. There is bravery, much hard labor, and great sacrifice, as well as cruelty that defies description.
The reader is first introduced to the forest people, who wander the countryside looking for enough food to feed their families. Tough of spirit and hard of purpose, their gradual adoption of a different way of life causes them to clear the forest for a village. Loyalty is transferred from the tribe to the community. During this period of development, the Vikings sweep across the area, laying waste to all that gets in their way.
Larger groups band together in an attempt to defend themselves against the Danes. A king of Wessex rallies men into armies that can repel the invading hordes. The Christian religion also begins to play a role in unifying and civilizing the people of England. Laws are enacted and treaties are signed with former enemies. For the crusty villager who has had his village ravaged by the Danes, all these developments are hard to accept.
Wright re-creates the savagery and the passion of the new country...
(The entire section is 334 words.)
Show us the love and view this for free! Use the facebook like button, or any other share button on this page, and get this content free!free!
Want to Read More?
Subscribe now to read the rest of I Am England Critical Essays. Plus get complete access to 30,000+ study guides!