Pastimes Boxed Set (Books 1-3)
The Award-winning Pastimes Series is made up of three novels following the family of Ain of Poitiers, cousin of Eleanor of Aquitaine - Duchess, Queen of both France and England, and mother of Richard Lionheart and John Lackland. Set in the Middle Ages in 12th-century and 13th-century Europe, the adventures move from the taverns, courts and cities of medieval France, England and Italy, from Celtic lore, the construction of great cathedrals, crusades and pilgrimages, to the courts of love and music, poetry and plays of the troubadours and jongleurs. As an era ends, hope, joy, grief and destruction devastate yet bind this family of artisans and musicians. This Boxed Set includes all three books in the series: Ain’s Song, Shattered Mosaics and The Entertainers.
PRAISE FOR THE PASTIMES SERIES:
"I love this story. Alice Moerk has captured the mood and tone of the period with credible accuracy and rousing humor."---Dannie Russell, Uganda
"I love Ain, a strong, insightful woman."---Rev. Rosemary Backer, Holmes Beach, FL
“Alice Moerk blends depth of historical knowledge about the Middle Ages with strong narrative skill in this story of French beliefs and battles in a turbulent epoch.”---Dr. Elizabeth Waterston, London, Ontario
“a colorful adventure transporting you to a distant land.”---Tara Miller, Junior High, Kent OH
“a timeless tale taking me into the past.”---Emma Bouchard, High School Senior, Anna Maria FL
Ain’s Song is Book One of the Pastimes Series and the winner of the Florida National League of American Pen Women’s Best in Unpublished Fiction Award as well as the winner of the Eudora Welty Award for Historical Fiction.
12th-century Europe revolves around the remarkable life of Eleanor of Aquitaine - Duchess, Queen of both France and England, and mother of Richard Lionheart and John Lackland. Eleanor and her husbands, Louis VII and Henry II, set the tone for the era.
Ain’s Song follows Eleanor’s story through the eyes of her cousin, Ain of Poitiers. The adventure moves from the taverns, courts and cities of medieval France, England and Italy, from Celtic lore, the construction of great cathedrals, crusades and pilgrimages, to the courts of love and music, poetry and plays of the troubadours and jongleurs.
Book Two of the Pastimes Series, which won 3rd Place in Fiction in the Florida State Conference for the National League of American Pen Women, follows the family of Ain of Poitiers through the 13th century. Book One, Ain’s Song, won a Florida NLAPW award and a Eudora Welty award for historical fiction.
Two children escape the cruelty of England’s King John and cross the Channel to look for their family. Their quest leads them into a maelstrom of forces bent on destroying the Languedoc, the society and culture of southern France. They find themselves pitted against the armies of France and the Church of Rome and aligned with the peaceful and heretical Cathars. As an era ends, hope, joy, grief and destruction devastate yet bind this family of artisans and musicians.
Singers, jugglers and players - the troubadours, jongleurs and acteurs of the Middle Ages - comprise The Entertainers in Book 3 of the Award-winning Pastimes Series. Tracing generations that began with the child, Ain of Poitiers, Frère Raoul - a young priest - celebrates his family in three stories that move the era towards its conclusion.
The Entertainers was written for young adults but it also holds a fascination for mature readers. Books One and Two won Florida NLAPW awards. Ain’s Song, Book 1, received a Eudora Welty Award for historical fiction.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Dr. Alice A. Moerk is a writer and composer who maintains her studio in Anna Maria, FL. She has worked with Thomas Canning, Ernst von Dohnanyi, Duke Ellington and Pauline Olivero’s Deep Listening®. Her compositions have been performed in Europe, South America and the United States.
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