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Title:
The Ruby in Her Navel: A Novel of Love and Intrigue in the 12th Century (MP3)
Written by:
Barry Unsworth 
Read by:
Andrew Sachs 
Format:
Unabridged MP3 CD Audio Book 
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Duration:
12 hours 21 minutes 
MP3 size:
511 MB 
Published:
October 28 2016 
Available Date:
October 28 2016 
Age Category:
Adult 
ISBN:
9781489363442 
Genres:
Fiction; Historical Fiction; Literary Fiction 
Publisher:
Bolinda/Audible audio 
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'The Ruby in Her Navel" is a richly imagined novel of the Middle Ages, filled with questions of race, God, and fidelity, from the Booker Prize-winning Unsworth...Unsworth's luscious history is ripe territory for a dialogue on the ever-present struggle against intolerance, a seemingly inevitable human frailty.'
Kirkus Reviews

With the exquisite prose and masterful narrative drive that have earned him widespread acclaim, Barry Unsworth transports the listener to a distant past filled with deception and mystery

Set in the Middle Ages during the rule of the Norman kings, The Ruby in Her Navel is a tale in which the conflicts of the past portend the present. The novel opens in Palermo, in which Latin and Greek, Arab and Jew live together in precarious harmony. Thurstan Beauchamp, the Christian son of a Norman knight, works for Yusuf, a Muslim Arab, in the palace’s central finance office, a job which includes the management of blackmail and bribes, and the gathering of secret information for the king. But the peace and prosperity of the kingdom is being threatened. Known for his loyalty but divided between the ideals of chivalry and the harsh political realities of his tumultuous times, Thurstan is dispatched to uncover the conspiracies brewing against his king. His journeys send him on a spiritual odyssey that forces him to question the nature of his ambition and the folly of uncritical reverence for authority.