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Bless This House

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The house was built in the Old Queen's time -- built for an Elizabethan pirate who was knighted for the plunder he brought home. It survived many ... Show synopsis

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MorganS

The House as Protagonist

by MorganS on Sep 6, 2007

Norah Lofts (1904-1983) was a well-regarded British writer of historical fiction, and "Bless This House" is an excellent example of the genre. The book traces the history of an Elizabethan house, Merrivay, from its design and construction (and a subsequent visit from Queen Elizabeth I) through the post-war period. Although the house itself is the heroine of the novel, her human inhabitants over the centuries are well-drawn and believable and include, among many, a disagreeable nouveau-riche nabob freshly home from India, a reluctant psychic condemned as a witch in the 17th century, and an epileptic apprentice who leaves his ghost to haunt the house he helped to build. Of particular interest are the cultural changes in England over the 400-year period, reflected in the personalities and fortunes of Merrivay's residents.

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