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The Independence of the Hansa

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    Simon Kitchener (Author)

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As a historical subject the Hansa has been largely overlooked, ignored even. As a literary subject, it is usually a small ‘:extra’:, a player we recognise but need not remember. Most, if asked, would be unable to envision the Hansa. Holbein left us two pictures from the 16th century but little else has survived. It has never, to my knowledge, found itself the setting of a serious book in English literature. So this book is unique. The main theme is that in human relations, consensus is preferable to coercion in every way. The book shows these two forces at play in war, politics, love, sex, business and the family, all in the context of 14th Century Europe. The Hansa, a medieval association of German merchants, trade from Russia in the east to the Bay of Biscay in the west and this gives us the setting. The main characters are a fictionalised family of merchants who, like the Hansa, have conflicting desires and principles. Their lives evolve and inter-connect over twenty-five years, during which the plague, war, revolts, voyages, love stories and meetings with contemporary celebrities occur to help throw a light on urban medieval life. All the historical events presented are true. The fictional characters are extraordinary and likeable but not unfamiliar. Indeed, the world presented to us is closer to our own than the one inhabited by the knights and peasants living beyond the town walls of Lü:beck and London. This is a fascinating read on many levels and will leave you wanting to know more about this seminal time.
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  • PDF | 258 pages
  • Simon Kitchener (Author)
  • CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (22 May 2015)
  • English
  • 3
  • Fiction

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