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The Cloister and the Hearth

Gelesen von Tom Denholm

(4,725 Sterne; 20 Bewertungen)

'The Cloister and the Hearth', by Charles Reade, was published in 1861. It's a long and winding picaresque novel set in 15th century Europe, telling the story of the love between Gerard Eliason, an artist turned priest, and Margaret Brandt, the daughter of a poor scholar, and reflects the conflict between family and church which overshadowed the lives of so many in medieval times. Its uniqueness lies in the way Reade, having meticulously researched his subject and the period, gives us insights more detailed than any other writer of fiction into medieval lifestyles and morals, combined with vivid descriptions of his characters – many based on real historical figures – and locations. He deliberately strays towards a medieval writing style, with many an archaic word to tantalise the reader or listener (an education in itself). Until well into the twentieth century, ‘The Cloister and the Hearth’ was considered one of the greatest novels in the English language. Its popularity may have faded, but those who have read it will tell you of the enduring power of Reade’s tour de force. A revival is long overdue, and is deserved: it’s an exceptional book. - Summary by Tom Denholm (36 hr 16 min)

Chapters

Chapter 1

36:08

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Chapter 2

36:45

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Chapter 3

25:43

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Chapter 4

14:34

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Chapter 5

3:55

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Chapter 6

8:37

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Chapter 7

23:10

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Chapter 8

14:38

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Chapter 9

25:53

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Chapter 10

31:37

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Chapter 11

13:20

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Chapter 12

11:37

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Chapter 13

9:05

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Chapter 14

11:51

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Chapter 15

6:01

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Chapter 16

3:19

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Chapter 17

10:29

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Chapter 18

2:38

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Chapter 19

15:50

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Chapter 20

17:03

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Chapter 21

5:02

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Chapter 22

3:55

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Chapter 23

12:48

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Chapter 24, Part 1

43:20

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Chapter 24, Part 2

43:40

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Chapter 25

35:01

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Chapter 26

34:37

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Chapter 27

18:46

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Chapter 28

14:41

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Chapter 29

3:02

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Chapter 30

16:32

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Chapter 31

10:05

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Chapter 32

16:23

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Chapter 33, Part 1

45:19

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Chapter 33, Part 2

40:50

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Chapter 34

20:06

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Chapter 35

4:10

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Chapter 36

38:04

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Chapter 37, Part 1

39:27

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Chapter 37, Part 2

38:42

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Chapter 38

29:54

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Chapter 39

21:04

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Chapter 40

37:31

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Chapter 41

8:25

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Chapter 42

31:02

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Chapter 43

11:15

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Chapter 44

6:08

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Chapter 45

7:06

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Chapter 46

33:54

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Chapter 47

26:52

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Chapter 48

6:08

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Chapter 49

15:32

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Chapter 50

47:42

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Chapter 51

7:53

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Chapter 52

10:19

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Chapter 53, Part 1

49:32

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Chapter 53, Part 2

46:46

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Chapter 53, Part 3

47:41

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Chapter 54

45:24

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Chapter 55

25:51

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Chapter 56

22:56

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Chapter 57

7:11

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Chapter 58

25:41

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Chapter 59

17:16

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Chapter 60

47:55

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Chapter 61

44:24

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Chapter 62

8:39

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Chapter 63

24:33

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Chapter 64

8:25

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Chapter 65

4:31

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Chapter 66

8:20

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Chapter 67

4:16

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Chapter 68

5:57

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Chapter 69

12:01

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Chapter 70

6:46

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Chapter 71

5:07

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Chapter 72

49:01

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Chapter 73

11:42

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Chapter 74

33:42

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Chapter 75

9:42

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Chapter 76

13:47

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Chapter 77

16:34

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Chapter 78

15:44

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Chapter 79

8:32

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Chapter 80

9:06

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Chapter 81

5:30

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Chapter 82

32:39

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Chapter 83

14:49

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Chapter 84

7:41

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Chapter 85

9:10

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Chapter 86

9:29

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Chapter 87

17:41

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Chapter 88

10:56

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Chapter 89

10:49

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Chapter 90

12:24

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Chapter 91

54:45

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Chapter 92

28:17

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Chapter 93

31:56

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Chapter 94

35:25

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Chapter 95

34:49

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Chapter 96, Part 1

41:23

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Chapter 96, Part 2

46:24

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Chapter 97

4:17

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Chapter 98

2:20

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Chapter 99

15:59

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Chapter 100

5:25

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Bewertungen

Superb !!

(5 Sterne)

Excellently written tale of adventure, faith, goodness & romance. The narration was perfect !! The voice of the reader was made for this story ! I cannot imagine it better read by anyone else !

Great book great reader

(5 Sterne)

Love this recording

(4 Sterne)

Long but that's no criticism. Lots of historical detail and characters so drawn as to have me wondering about them when not centre stage. I regretted my lack of Latin and French; however, this didn't seriously mar the story. Fluent and expressively read. Many thanks.

(5 Sterne)

Laughter, angst, tears, love, treachery and betrayal are hallmarks of every age. This charming and exciting book is beyond a gem. Well read and content quite appealing.