St. George and St. Michael, Volume 3

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(4.7 stars; 10 reviews)

’St. George and St. Michael’ is a little-known historical romance telling the story of a young couple who find themselves on opposing sides during the tumultuous years of the English Civil Wars. Volume 3 completes the series. Tensions are rising between king and parliament, the Church of England and the numerous independent puritans, and rumours abound that Charles I will soon declare open war on the dissident elements within his realm. Seventeen-year-old Dorothy Vaughan knows little of the brewing conflict, yet is sure that her loyalty must be with her king and her nation. When she challenges her childhood friend, Richard Heywood, to prove himself a man and so worthy of winning her hand in marriage by becoming involved in the larger events that surround them, he finds that his convictions – both political and spiritual – lie with his father’s and the puritans. Determined to do what he believes is right, Richard finds that he cannot shake his immovable conscience, even for the woman he loves. Though it is, for the most part, a realistic novel, ‘St. George and St. Michael’ is not without either the otherwordly atmosphere of the fantastic or the rich spiritual depth that characterizes so much of MacDonald’s writing. - Summary by Jordan (5 hr 56 min)


Chapter 39 - Newbury. 21:09 Read by KevinS
Chapter 40 – Dorothy and Rowland. 18:42 Read by Nancy Gorgen
Chapter 41 – Glamorgan. 11:33 Read by Nancy Gorgen
Chapter 42 - A New Soldier. 13:27 Read by Nancy Gorgen
Chapter 43 – Lady and Bishop. 10:23 Read by Paul Brian Stewart
Chapter 44 - The King. 31:32 Read by Nancy Gorgen
Chapter 45 – The Secret Interview. 19:12 Read by Kathleen Moore
Chapter 46 – Gifts of Healing. 18:54 Read by Kathleen Moore
Chapter 47 – The Poet-Physician. 13:59 Read by Kathleen Moore
Chapter 48 – Honorable Disgrace. 24:22 Read by Nancy Gorgen
Chapter 49 - Siege. 23:51 Read by Nancy Gorgen
Chapter 50 - A Sally. 22:37 Read by Nancy Gorgen
Chapter 51 – Under the Moat. 14:01 Read by April6090
Chapter 52 – The Untoothsome Plum. 11:26 Read by April6090
Chapter 53 – Faithful Foes. 19:35 Read by Nancy Gorgen
Chapter 54 – Domus Dissolvitur. 22:35 Read by Nancy Gorgen
Chapter 55 - R. I. P. 16:55 Read by Nancy Gorgen
Chapter 56 – Richard and Casper. 16:43 Read by Nancy Gorgen
Chapter 57 – The Skeleton. 8:58 Read by April6090
Chapter 58 – Love and No Leasing. 10:31 Read by Courtney Miller
Chapter 59 - Ave! Vale! Salve! 5:51 Read by Nancy Gorgen


Inconsistent narration distracts from emotional conclusion

(3 stars)

This tale is extremely relevant to the current divide in the United States and specifically American Christianity. MacDonald's signature blend of romance and theology explores how two friends with differing views can still earnestly follow Jesus and come together in unity. I highly recommend this story if you are a Christian striving to stay true to your personal beliefs and convictions, while opening your heart to brothers and sisters who disagree with you. Now, I understand that collaborative projects are nothing to complain about. The alternative is no audiobook at all, and seeing as everyone reading is a generous volunteer, I'm grateful to those who invested time into this project. That said, more than any LV book I've listened to, this book's inconsistent narration quality was quite distracting. I LOVE THE STORY and hope a more experienced reader can revisit this as a solo read (comparable to Jordan's excellent reading of volume one).

(5 stars)

I really got a better image of castle life during this time period. It fascinates me the impact of mechanical inventions of daily life and warfare.