The King James Men
by Samantha Grosser
Publication Date: November 20, 2018
Sam Grosser Books
eBook & Paperback; 393 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction/Christian Fiction
Connected by love, divided by faith. A novel of faith, friendship, and betrayal set against the religious turbulence of 17th Century London.
Two men, once friends, have long since gone their separate ways. But when the new King James commands a fresh translation of the Bible, their paths are fated to cross again.
For biblical scholar Richard Clarke, the chance to work on the new translation seems like a gift from God, a way back in from the cold where his friendship with Separatist Ben Kemp has kept him for many years. But Richard soon discovers there is a price to pay for his new-found favour, and that price is betrayal. Caught between love for his friend and his faith in his Church, Richard must make a decision that could cost him his soul.
Set against the background of the writing of the King James Bible, and inspired by true accounts of the community who became the Mayflower Pilgrims, The King James Men is a vivid portrayal of the religious struggles of the age, and the price of being true to your faith.
A few years back, I went to see a play which featured King James’ Hampton Court Palace session regarding the Bible, his church, and the various translations, so I was really excited to read this. I did cheat slightly, going to find out a little of the backstory in terms of the groups of believers in the novel, as there are times when our religious history got, shall we say, tangled. Having said that, the time, and complexity, are well-written here, as well as the fear that those who didn’t believe ‘correctly’ must have felt. The descriptions and world-building are excellent.
The characterisation was great, and I definitely connected with both sides of the debate, as well as finding the academic descriptions of the physical translation work fascinating. It potentially isn’t the most interesting of topics, but here it’s engrossing, and an excellent backdrop for the developing story.
I would highly recommend this to readers who enjoy an intelligent historical fiction, where they can learn something new, as well as being entertained with an excellent story.
About the Author
Historical fiction author Samantha Grosser originally hails from England, but now lives on the sunny Northern Beaches of Sydney with her husband, son and a very small dog called Livvy.
Combining a lifelong love of history with a compulsion to write that dates from childhood, Samantha is now bringing her passion for telling compelling stories to the world.
Samantha has an Honours Degree in English Literature and taught English for many years in Asia and Australia. She is the author of wartime dramas Another Time and Place, and The Officer’s Affair. The King James Men, set during the turbulent years of the early years of 17th Century, is her third novel.
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