Dunne, Jun 2004, 24.95, 384 pp.
Though much is known about seventeenth century English poet Andrew Marvell, there are periods with little or no information available. Christopher Peachment fills those voids by extracting what is known about this metaphysical poet and his times to create a work of historical fiction.
Marvell comes across as a paradox. He was a loner who trusted few and over time concluded that life. He enjoyed women sexually, but detested females perhaps as Mr. Preachment implies due to his negative feelings towards his older sisters.
Other plot points include his attraction to his twelve year old student Mary Fairfax of Appleton House, his responsibility for lighting the Great Fire of London to goad a mob to assault Catholics, and a weird tryst in Spain.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner