Books: Historical Tapestry

THE MAN ON A DONKEY (627 pp.]—H.F.M. Prescott—Macmillan ($5).

The average historical might be described as a novel with a past, and no better than it should be. In Britain, during the last three years, however, three have been published that are almost as good as they can be.

They are The Golden Warrior, by Hope Muntz, The Golden Band, by Edith Simon (TIME, April 28), and The Man on a Donkey, by H.F.M. Prescott, published last week in the U.S. All three novels are set in England during the Middle Ages or early modern...

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