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Pavane is an alternative history science fiction fix-up novel by British writer Keith Roberts , first published by Rupert Hart-Davis Ltd in Most of the original stories were published in Science Fantasy. An additional story, "The White Boat", was added in later editions. Comprising a cycle of linked stories set in Dorset , England , it depicts a 20th century in which the Roman Catholic Church still has supremacy; in its timeline , Protestantism was destroyed during wars that resulted from the aftermath of the assassination of Queen Elizabeth in Without Protestant England , Spain prevented the Protestant Netherlands from attaining independence, while the German mercantile city states that financed the Reformation were also suppressed.
As a consequence, while Spanish power eventually wanes, the Roman Catholic Church has no rivals and the Pope becomes the effective secular, as well as spiritual, ruler over Europe. The Church thus also controls the restive " New World " which approximates the United States in our timeline , as well as " Australasia ", where James Cook planted the cobalt flag of the Vatican , instead of the Union Flag , in the 18th century.
The social effects include a continuing feudal system and bans on innovation, particularly electricity, leading to a roughly midth century technology with steam traction engines and mechanical semaphore telegraphy.
Outlying areas are dangerous, with wild animals and occasional manifestations of the "Old Ones" or "People of the Hills" supposed fairies who leave crab-symbol graffiti.
The stories take place at a period when the possibility of revolution is rumoured. The location and flavour, nostalgic yet tragic in outlook, resemble a science-fictional equivalent of the fictionalized Wessex of Thomas Hardy as in the Hardy stories, there are place-name differences; for instance, in Pavane Dorchester retains its Roman name, Durnovaria. Real geographical locations play a major role: Golden Cap is the site of a semaphore station, and the castle at Corfe is a key presence in the book.
Over all, the long arm of the Popes reached out to punish and reward; the Church Militant remained supreme. But by the middle of the twentieth century widespread mutterings were making themselves heard. Rebellion was once more in the air. The title alludes to the stately and melancholy dance, the pavane , the book being divided thematically into measures and a coda. After a brief Prologue explaining the back-story , the stories are:.
Pavane soon found an important place in the alternative history subgenre of science fiction and the work's high reputation continues; The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction assesses it as "now credited as the finest of all 'alternative histories'". From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Pavane First edition.
James, Edward; Mendlesohn, Farah eds. The Cambridge companion to science fiction. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press. Xenograffiti: essays on fantastic literature. Evans studies in the philosophy and criticism of literature. Rockville, MD: Borgo. Categories : science fiction novels British novels British alternative history novels British science fiction novels Novels set in Dorset Religion in science fiction.
Book review: “Pavane” by Keith Roberts
Pavane is an alternative history science fiction fix-up novel by British writer Keith Roberts , first published by Rupert Hart-Davis Ltd in Most of the original stories were published in Science Fantasy. An additional story, "The White Boat", was added in later editions. Comprising a cycle of linked stories set in Dorset , England , it depicts a 20th century in which the Roman Catholic Church still has supremacy; in its timeline , Protestantism was destroyed during wars that resulted from the aftermath of the assassination of Queen Elizabeth in
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Lady Eleanor, a young ruler in the county of Dorset in southern England, is quiet and thoughtful, sitting alone in Corfe Castle with her seneschal, John Faulkner. Just hours earlier, she pulled the cord on a cannon to start a battle with the Catholic Church, the international institution that dominates this latter half of the 20 th century as it has dominated Europe for many hundreds of years. All hell is about to break loose upon her head and the heads of her people. As if I, and you too, all of us, were just tiny puppets on the grass. Or on a stage.