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An Instance of the Fingerpost: Explore the murky world of 17th-century Oxford in this iconic historical thriller

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For instance, he knows more about the downfall of Jack Prestcott’s father than what he is willing to share.

Iain Pears’ intricately plotted, highly intelligent and very enjoyable novel, An Instance of the Fingerpost, explores the troubling and problematic side of the historical movement labelled with the smug term ‘The Enlightenment’. However, I do not like unreliable narrators, especially those that largely treat anyone that isn't an affluent man with outright disrespect.Nowadays, we often tend to conceive of prejudice in ethnic or racial terms, but in the world of Fingerpost, one’s trustworthiness and social worth is decided by family history. One of the pleasures of reading (Fingerpost) is the opportunity it affords to become a kind of amateur expert on daily life in Restoration England.

Before writing, he worked as a reporter for the BBC, Channel 4 (UK) and ZDF (Germany) and correspondent for Reuters from 1982 to 1990 in Italy, France, UK and US. He witnesses several trials including one which swirls around the central mystery - all the jurors are property owners (no women of course).Four witnesses describe the events surrounding his death: Marco da Cola, a Venetian Catholic intent on claiming credit for the invention of blood transfusion; Jack Prescott, the son of a supposed traitor to the Royalist cause, determined to vindicate his father; John Wallis, chief cryptographer to both Cromwell and Charles II, a mathematician, theologian and master spy; and A

He is given the task of wrapping up the narrative and, if he can be believed, gives information that neatly solves the many threads of the plot. In reality, more than Edward VI, and Elizabeth I, he is owed the creation of the Church of England, and the great apostasy of the English people by gentle means, unlike the cruel persecutions carried out against Catholics by their predecessors. Do you think that the final witness’s testimony is wholly reliable or does he also succumb to instances of impaired logic, as defined by Bacon’s idols, en route to the truth?I have been spared riches and fame and power and position, just as His goodness has saved me from poverty and great illness. Inter praerogativas instantiarum, ponemus loco decimo quarto Instantias Crucis; translato vocabulo a Crucibus, quae erectae in biviis indicant et signant viarum separationes.

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