The Dark Side of the Fylfot by Andrew Greenfield Lockhartcategories: Book, Historical Fiction, Fylfot, Swastika, Mediaeval Saxony, Pestilence, Superstition, Church, Disease, Sin, Religious Dogma, Ignorance, Brunswick, Black Death
Andrew Greenfield Lockhartabout this book: "Tell your children this: the su-asti of the sun god will protect them as long as they do not allow evil into their hearts. For should that happen ... goodness will be despised and the creatures of the night will rule again in the world."
So ends the myth of the Fylfot, the gold talisman worn by Gretl's grandfather Assano in this tale of the Black Death. The Dark Side of the Fylfot is not a novel about the occult, but rather the story of a spirited young woman growing up in a dark age of plague and superstition, when science is thought akin to black magic, and disease the result of sin. It is a story about rats and fleas, and about one man's efforts to understand the disease they carry. It has its climax in the town of Hameln, where I have given the legend of the Ratcatcher a completely new twist. This is an adult book but I like to think it will appeal to anyone old enough to understand the facts of life and death.
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