What is the book Sarum about?

Set in the magical landscape of Stonehenge and the cathedral city of Salisbury, SARUM is an epic story of five families – the Wilsons, the Masons, the Roman family of Porteus, the Saxon Shockleys and the Norman Godfreys – through the turbulent course of English history from the Ice Age to the present day.

Is Sarum a good book?

A masterpiece of breathtaking scope—a brilliantly conceived epic novel that traces the entire turbulent course of English history. This rich tapestry weaves a compelling saga of five families—the Wilsons, the Masons, the family of Porteus, the Shockleys, and the Godfreys—who reflect the changing character of Britain.

How many pages is Sarum?

1145 pp
Sarum (novel)

Sarum first edition cover.
Author Edward Rutherfurd
Pages 1145 pp (first edition)
ISBN 0-7126-1447-8
OCLC 15591802

What does Sarum mean in English?

: of or relating to the Roman rite as modified in Salisbury and used in England, Wales, and Ireland before the Reformation.

What is the Sarum Missal?

The Use of Sarum (or Use of Salisbury, also known as the Sarum Rite) is the Latin liturgical rite developed at Salisbury Cathedral and used from the late eleventh century until the English Reformation. It is largely identical to the Roman rite, with about ten per cent of its material drawn from other sources.

How old is Sarum?

Old Sarum is one of the most enthralling and historically important sites in southern England. Uniquely, it combines a royal castle and cathedral within an Iron Age fortification, and for 150 years was a major centre of both secular and ecclesiastical government.

When was Sarum abandoned?

Old Sarum was harvested for stone and materials to build the new settlement and the former cathedral was dissolved in AD 1226. By the 14th century, Old Sarum had become virtually abandoned and in AD 1333, King Edward II ordered for the demolition of the castle and fortifications.

Who was the king of Old Sarum?

King Henry I
A royal palace was built within Old Sarum Castle for King Henry I and was subsequently used by Plantagenet monarchs. This heyday of the settlement lasted for around 300 years until disputes between the Sheriff of Wiltshire and the Bishop of Salisbury finally led to the removal of the church into the nearby plain.

How much does it cost to go to the Old Sarum?

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Adult £6.50 £5.90
Child (5-17 years) £3.90 £3.50
Concession £5.90 £5.30
Family (2 adults, up to 3 children) £16.90 £15.30

Who built Old Sarum?

All early buildings in the castle would have been of timber, and the oldest surviving stone structure, the keep, was probably built early in the reign of Henry I (1100–35). In about 1130, however, the castle was made over to Roger, Bishop of Sarum and regent for Henry I during the king’s absences in Normandy.

When was the book Sarum by Edward Rutherfurd published?

Sarum (novel) Sarum (also titled Sarum: The Novel of England) is a work of historical fiction by Edward Rutherfurd, first published in 1987. It tells the story of England through the tales of several families in and around the English city of Salisbury, the writer’s hometown, from prehistoric times to 1985.

Who are the main characters in Sarum by Rutherfurd?

It is Rutherfurd’s literary debut. It tells the story of England through the tales of several families in and around the English city of Salisbury, the writer’s hometown, from prehistoric times to 1985. The main families of Sarum include:

Is the book Sarum a history of England?

A great way to learn the history of England! Quite a thorough saga! Sarum really is the story of the history of England, from prehistoric times to the modern era.

What kind of houses are in Old Sarum?

Roman roads, the Celtic hillfort of Old Sarum, a Saxon convent, a Norman castle, a medieval market town, a Tudor country house, Georgian townhouses, Victorian cottages – all appear and live on in perpetuity in Sarum’s echoing landscape. SARUM contains drama and adventure.