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Testament

by Alis Hawkins

Set in the fictional university town of Salster, the action moves between the 14th and 21st centuries, highlighting not only the differences in the characters' lives but also the similar problems they face. If you are looking for a large, ambitious read then this is for you. If you believe that everything in life should be subordinate to market forces then it is not.

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'Our college was founded in the late fourteenth century to train young men to think independently, not to take the comfortable or politically expedient line. I think that's a heritage well worth preserving. In fact, I think that in our current age it's not just worth preserving, it's essential to our freedom and democracy that some scholars are prepared to remain independent of business and commerce in order to be able to provide a critique of our society that has integrity.'

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Daughters of Fire by Barbar Erskine
The Heaven Tree by Ellis Peters
The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
 

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