What a book! I could hardly put it down and do other things. The story is riveting. This book was originally written in 1904; reprinted in 1944; and more recently reprinted by Cenacle Press at the at Silverstream Priory, Ireland. It takes a while to get used to the Old English style of writing; but, its worth it.
The book of Romans 8:22 reminds us that “the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until the present time. Not only that, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we await eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.” This book clearly depicts the groaning [both interior and exterior] that took place within the English culture, the Church, due in part because of the influence and orders of King Henry the Vlll of England. He ordered the utter destruction of many monasteries and many king pleasers simply went along for the ride. For many it was easier to go along to get along than to protest in good faith.
It depicts amazing, actual historical heroes and heroines and horrible villains and malefactors. It depicts authentic love vs. avenging hatred; authentic faith vs false faith; and positive and negative familial relationships. The book encourages the reader to forgive even the most unforgivable characters; and to pray for them. We come face to face with the same types of cultural and religious groaning that occurs today. Like then, this interior and exterior groaning is the consequence of becoming the forever sons and daughters of Christ.