Pavane, Paperback Book
4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


1588: Queen Elizabeth is felled by an assassin's bullet.

Within the week, the Spanish Armada had set sail, and its victory changed the course of history. 1968: England is still dominated by the Church of Rome.

There are no telephones, no television, no nuclear power.

As Catholicism and the Inquisition tighten their grip, rebellion is growing.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Science fiction
  • ISBN: 9781857989373

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A collection of stories with a common theme.One of the stories is about monk. I found it vaguely interesting right up until the final scene, at which point I was suddenly reminded of a certain real-life monk. I rather appreciate the overall insight then presented of that monk by Roberts.

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What if England and most of the known world were still dominated by the Church of Rome, which was keeping a stranglehold on social and technological progress? Such is the premise of Keith Robert's Pavane. Some of the world-building works for me, some doesn't, there's some frustratingly elusive characterisation at times, there are some odd fantasy tropes in here, and I'm… dubious about the final revelation about the Church's ultimate purpose. But overall I found this a very satisfying read, taking an elegantly structured mosaic approach with some remarkable ideas and vivid imagery. So: flawed, but well worth my time.

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