A Walk With Love and Death ; A novel of two young people in a medieval world of war by Hans Koningsberger
New York : Simon and Schuster, 1961. First Edition. Hardcover. 167 pages ; 21 cm. $3.50 dust jacket. Ownership marking on the front free endpaper and on page number 123, there is some underline and marking by the previous owner.
In this new book Hans Koningsberger, author of two brilliant novels of contemporary life, turns to the fourteenth century to create a poignant love story set against a brutal background of war.
A young student, weary of a sick and warring world, rides out across the devastated landscape of medieval France toward England in search of life, of love—the rightful legacies of youth. Along the way he meets a nobleman's daughter whose purity and hidden passion make her his "idea girl," his lady, under whose sign he will pursue his wandering quest and to whom he vows he will one day return.
But a peasants' rebellion against King and feudal lords forces him to turn back from the sea. It is not sympathy for either side that interrupts his journey, but his chance discovery that the home of the girl he loves has been attacked and destroyed.
When he finds her again, the two enter into a private world of peace and pleasure, hoping to escape the larger world of violence that surrounds them. But it will not let them escape; irresistibly, it draws them into its shadow of battle and death.
Simon and Schuster take pleasure in publishing this beautifully patterned and powerful work of historical fiction that is so strikingly modern in meaning and application.
About the Author
HANS KONINGSBERGER, now in his thirties, was born in Amsterdam, Holland. He served in the British Army during World War II, studied at the University of Zurich, and was a journalist and radio director in Europe and Indonesia. Much of his life has been spent in travel, but since 1951 he has lived in the United States.
His first two novels, The Affair and An American Romance, were published in 1958 and i960. He has been widely praised also for his translations of The Ten Thousand Things and Yesterday by Maria Dermout; has written a children's book and several plays.
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