London, 1385. Surrounded by ruthless courtiers--including his powerful uncle, John of Gaunt, and Gaunt's artful mistress, Katherine Swynford--England's young, still untested king, Richard II, is in mortal peril, and the danger is only beginning. Medieval scholar Bruce Holsinger draws on his vast knowledge of the medieval period to add colorful, authentic detail--on everything from poetry and bookbinding to court intrigues and brothels--to his brilliantly constructed literary mystery, A Burnable Book. Join us for a reading from the novel followed by a lively discussion.
Bruce Holisinger of the University of Virginia will offer the final Marshall Grossman lecture of the semester.
The formal title for his talk is, "The Voices of Medieval London: History, Fiction, Historical Fiction." He will discuss his 2014 novel, A BURNABLE BOOK. We have a few copies available on a first-come, first-served basis from the Center for Literary & Comparative Studies. If you plan to attend his talk, stop by to pick up a copy.