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Green Darkness [Reading] ➶ Green Darkness ➽ Anya Seton – Thomashillier.co.uk This unforgettable story of undying love combines mysticism, suspense, mystery, and romance into a web of good and evil that stretches from th century England to the present day Richard Marsdon marrie This unforgettable story of undying love combines mysticism, suspense, mystery, and romance into a web of good and evil that stretches from th century England to the present day Richard Marsdon marries a young American woman named Celia, brings her to live at his English estate, and all seems to be going well But now Richard has become withdrawn, and Celia is constantly haunted by a vague dread When she suffers a breakdown and wavers between life and death, a wise doctor realizes that only by forcing Celia to relive her past can he enable her to escape her illness Celia travels backyears in time to her past life as a beautiful but doomed servant Through her eyes, we see the England of the Tudors, torn by religious strife, and experience all the pageantry, lustiness, and cruelty of the age As in other historical romance titles by this author, the past comes alive in this flamboyant classic novel.

    Free Unlimited eBook be going well But now Richard has become withdrawn, and Celia is constantly haunted by a vague dread When she suffers a breakdown and wavers between life and death, a wise doctor realizes that only by forcing Celia to relive her past can he enable her to escape her illness Celia travels backyears in time to her past life as a beautiful but doomed servant Through her eyes, we see the England of the Tudors, torn by religious strife, and experience all the pageantry, lustiness, and cruelty of the age As in other historical romance titles by this author, the past comes alive in this flamboyant classic novel."/>
  • Paperback
  • 591 pages
  • Green Darkness
  • Anya Seton
  • English
  • 19 May 2017
  • 1556525761

About the Author: Anya Seton

Anya Seton January , although the year is often misstated to be or November , was the pen name of the American author of historical romances, Ann SetonAnn Seton was born in New York, New York, and died in Old Greenwich, Connecticut She was the daughter of English born naturalist and pioneer of the Boy Scouts of America, Ernest Thompson Seton and Grace Gallatin Seton Thompson She is interred at Putnam Cemetery in GreenwichHer historical novels were noted for how extensively she researched the historical facts, and some of them were best sellers citation needed Dragonwyck and Foxfire were both made into Hollywood films Two of her books are classics in their genre and continue in their popularity to the present Katherine, the story of Katherine Swynford, the mistress and eventual wife of John of Gaunt, and their children, who eventually became the basis for the Tudor and Stuart families of England, and Green Darkness, the story of a modern couple plagued by their past life incarnations Most of her novels have been recently republished, several with forewords by Philippa GregoryHer novel Devil Water concerns James, the luckless Earl of Derwentwater and his involvement with the Jacobite rising of She also narrates the story of his brother Charles, beheaded after the rebellion, the last man to die for the cause The action of the novel moves back and forth between Northumberland, Tyneside, London and AmericaAnya Seton stated that the book developed out of her love for Northumberland Anya certainly visited her Snowdon cousins at Felton Billy Pigg, the celebrated Northumbrian piper played Derwentwater s Farewell especially for her The novel shows her typical thorough research of events and places, though the accents are a little wayward Anya Seton said that her greatest debt of all was to Miss Amy Flagg of Westoe Village in South Shields, her father s birthplace.



10 thoughts on “Green Darkness

  1. mark monday mark monday says:

    1960s Great Britain back into mid 16th century England reincarnation undying loving characters reborn but carrying the same damn baggage all of that for the most part this is an enjoyable novel about two lovers reborn who knows how many times, destined for tragic ends until they are able to sort out all of their issues I loved the opening chapters cosmopolitan aristocrats lounging around the pool, touring historical sites with rolled eyes, making loaded comments to each other during a 1960s Great Britain back into mid 16th century England reincarnation undying loving characters reborn but carrying the same damn baggage all of that for the most part this is an enjoyable novel about two lovers reborn who knows how many times, destined for tragic ends until they are able to sort out all of their issues I loved the opening chapters cosmopolitan aristocrats lounging around the pool, touring historical sites with rolled eyes, making loaded comments to each other during a dinner party it was all so fun and chic I should readcontemporary novels written during that era featuring similar characters what a droll life i also enjoyed the remaining nine tenths of the book set during the reigns of Edward VI, Lady Jane, Bloody Mary, and Elizabeth the Great Seton clearly spent a lot of time researching the book, and it shows the details are amazing but never overwhelm the story and she doesthan show off her extensive research the novel is written by a person with such a strong feeling for the era that I eventually felt like I was living there as well I love that kind of immersive experience, a world that feels real all of the characters felt real as well even major figures like Edward, Mary, and Elizabeth who appear only briefly.the moments when the characters experience what their future lives hold in store for them were great, but even better were the eerie moments when they glimpse their past lives Seton doesn t explore those past lives, pre 16th century, so I can only imagine what they were like based on those very brief and haunting bits of imagery tragedy on a Grecian isle maybe.my friend Richard criticizes the book for its gay character reincarnated as well , but honestly I don t see a problem I think Seton treated the 16th century version very fairly and sympathetically his modern incarnation is dismissed as a queer by other characters, but that clearly is not Seton it s her characters and the era itself.the villainess is brilliantly characterized the petty, vindictive motivations the weird rages during her many times of drunkenness those dead black eyes.the big problem with the novel is in the characterization of its male lead the protagonist Celia is very well done, three dimensional and true to the era, frustrating and surprising, in general fairly passive but also often strong, or wayward, or defiant, or idiosyncratic the sequence when she gives up on God was impressive all in all, a richly developed character her lover not so much well, he s well developed but he s just such a pain in the ass Stephen remains an obstinate, uptight, unappealing prude in each incarnation and is not only utterly unsympathetic but is genuinely a drag to have to read about he s the only thing that brings this novel down ugh.but all in a all, a good book and well worth reading for fans of historical melodramas

  2. Barbara Barbara says:

    I read this book when it was new and omg I LOVED it It was complex and dark and romantic and my then 14 yr old self couldn t get enough.Someone commented that it s dated It wasn t then but it s a reason I ve never tried to re read it I want to keep the feeling of how wonderful it was to younger less world weary me.

  3. Richard Derus Richard Derus says:

    Rating 3 stars out of five, but only because I still love the memoryThe Publisher Says This unforgettable story of undying love combines mysticism, suspense, mystery, and romance into a web of good and evil that stretches from 16th century England to the present day Richard Marsdon marries a young American woman named Celia, brings her to live at his English estate, and all seems to be going well But now Richard has become withdrawn, and Celia is constantly haunted by a vague dread When she Rating 3 stars out of five, but only because I still love the memoryThe Publisher Says This unforgettable story of undying love combines mysticism, suspense, mystery, and romance into a web of good and evil that stretches from 16th century England to the present day Richard Marsdon marries a young American woman named Celia, brings her to live at his English estate, and all seems to be going well But now Richard has become withdrawn, and Celia is constantly haunted by a vague dread When she suffers a breakdown and wavers between life and death, a wise doctor realizes that only by forcing Celia to relive her past can he enable her to escape her illness Celia travels back 400 years in time to her past life as a beautiful but doomed servant Through her eyes, we see the England of the Tudors, torn by religious strife, and experience all the pageantry, lustiness, and cruelty of the age As in other historical romance titles by this author, the past comes alive in this flamboyant classic novel My Review My sister used to have a book store She, our mother, and I all spent the summer of 1973, damn near 40 years ago now, reading this book We d been stealing it back and forth from each other until finally she gave Mama and me our own copies so she could read it in peace We did a sort of group read on the book, and oh my heck how we liked it I was a teenager then I wasn t an inexperienced reader, but I was completely suckered in by anything to do with reincarnation Mama was just getting the Jeebus infection that ate her sense of humor, compassion, and decencyall oddly enough while sexually abusing her teenaged son, funny how often religion masks corruptionand my sister was in one of the periodic hellish patches that have punctuated her road through life.We all resonated with the travails of the characters, trying to work out their manifold interconnections and karmic debts The book s very Gothicness was deeply appealing to each of us for our own reasons, and gave us hours and hours of fun things to talk about For that, a whole star in grateful memory.Rereading this at fifty two was probably a mistake The writing is very much what one would expect of an historical novelist whose career began in the 1940s She was renowned in the day for her meticulous research, and yet says in her Preface p vi of the 1973 Houghton Mifflin hardcover I got from the liberry , Source books make for tedious listing, but for the Tudor period of Green Darkness I have tried to consult all the pertinent ones Imagine someone, even a novelist, trying to get away with that now There would be calumnious mutterings and sulphrous aspersions cast on the character and the ability of such an author As if it matters in a work of fiction.The humid Gothic atmosphere of lust and love denied, the surrendered to, then disastrously brought to a close, was a little hard on my older self I like romantic stories just fine, but the moralizing you can keep And there is a deal of moralizing Whee dawggie The gay characters are uglyas within, so without, and Seton clearly has the attitude of her day towards gay menthe lusty lower class wenches get their bastards and get turned out, the Catholic Church and its hypocrisy suffer agonies at the hands of the vile Protestant politiciansSeton was raised a Theosophistgood people turn hard and cold when given property to protectthe Exotic Hindu Doctor who understands Modern Medicine but Knows How to Be In Touch With the Spirits, oof oh, the lot So not so much on the attitude I get it, and in those days I absorbed it because it was the way my family thought, but how I wish I could go back to 1973 and smack this book out of my young hands Along with Stranger in a Strange Land, its misogyny and homophobia leached right into my brain and lodged there Never made me one whit less gay, just made me feel terrible about it, like the culture s messages continue to do to young and impressionable kids to this day.But the fact that the lady wrote this, her next to last book, when she was nearing seventy and had only just been divorced from her husband of nigh on forty years, and was beginning her long decline into ill health, makes Green Darkness a poignant re read for me Her life was unraveling, and mine was too what little there was of it at that point I think both my mother and my sister felt the same way I suspect some resonance of that bound all of us to this book and spoke to each of us about its unhappy people in unhappy lives There is, in the best romantic tradition, a happy ending But I for one have never believed it This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License

  4. Gary Gary says:

    I do believe in reincarnation or transmigration of souls, and love good historical novels, so I was happy to come across a copy of this It begins in 1968, in England, where Celia Marsdon is greatly troubles by angst that cannot be understood, and her husband Richard is becoming extremely abusive Celia s mother has a friend, a Hindu doctor, Akananda, with a deep understanding of the laws of karma and past lives, who helps her get release from the troubles of a past life.We are then taken to Eng I do believe in reincarnation or transmigration of souls, and love good historical novels, so I was happy to come across a copy of this It begins in 1968, in England, where Celia Marsdon is greatly troubles by angst that cannot be understood, and her husband Richard is becoming extremely abusive Celia s mother has a friend, a Hindu doctor, Akananda, with a deep understanding of the laws of karma and past lives, who helps her get release from the troubles of a past life.We are then taken to England of the Tudor period beginning in the reign of the sickly Edward VI and through Bloody Mary to the canny Queen Elizabeth I.Celia de Bohun is a innocent but coquettish young beauty who unknowingly becomes caught up in the intrigues of the court and church she is married off in a loveless marriage and is passionately drawn to the young priest Stephen who is torn between his love of Celia and his vows to the church The saga ends in tragedy through the machinations of two jealous and malicious villains, but the journey to the past enables the 20th century Celia to find resolution in her current life.A very fleshy passionate, vivid and well written work.A Gothic cross between parapsychology and historic romance

  5. M M says:

    I must be the only man who has ever read this novel If you ve been having difficulty getting to sleep, Green Darkness can help I m surprised some pharmaceutical company hasn t named a hypnotic after it It s a long, dreary romance, rendered in prose that s the stylistic equivalent of dishwater, about a modern couple plagued by unresolved issues from a past life exasperating in all the wrong ways The story idea seemed interesting, and I slogged through it one summer when I was in junior high s I must be the only man who has ever read this novel If you ve been having difficulty getting to sleep, Green Darkness can help I m surprised some pharmaceutical company hasn t named a hypnotic after it It s a long, dreary romance, rendered in prose that s the stylistic equivalent of dishwater, about a modern couple plagued by unresolved issues from a past life exasperating in all the wrong ways The story idea seemed interesting, and I slogged through it one summer when I was in junior high school Many years later, in a different chapter of my life, I came across a copy at a Goodwill store and, glancing at the dust jacket illustration, felt again an inexplicable attraction, whose source I determined to isolate What was causing the projection Was Green Darkness for me somehow a symbol of adolescence I brought the book home only to find that the best things about it were the cover s eerie green forest scene and the vague, mistaken sense of potential that had lured me to read it the first time My wife s appetite for novels is equalled only by mine for nachos and margaritas, so after a maddening attempt to reread it, I handed it to her, hoping I was wrong and completely off base When she was about halfway through it, I asked, Is it really as bad as I think it is She looked up, nodding slowly, and her annoyed expression said it all I gave it two stars, one for the cover art and another for the spell the story casts until the reader gets to know the characters, feels the numbing effects of colorless narrationsuited to bibliographical entries or dissertation abstracts, and starts wishing Seton had hired a starving journalism major to bang it out from a rough outline

  6. Birgit Bottner Birgit Bottner says:

    That s my absolute favourite by Anya Seton She combines present and past in this story of a crime in a medieval setting and how it s still affecting the present She explains political and social issues in an easy to understand way One of the books I keep re reading

  7. Karen Karen says:

    Try switching the genders in this story now it s a lonely male student developing a crush on a female teacher, who doesn t encourage the crush and tries to dissuade the student Student carries a torch for the teacher for years, despite rarely seeing each other except for a weird almost sexual encounter during the middle of a home invasion and being married and widowed Student sees teacher again, sexual advances ensue, teacher says No very clearly in several ways Student then give Try switching the genders in this story now it s a lonely male student developing a crush on a female teacher, who doesn t encourage the crush and tries to dissuade the student Student carries a torch for the teacher for years, despite rarely seeing each other except for a weird almost sexual encounter during the middle of a home invasion and being married and widowed Student sees teacher again, sexual advances ensue, teacher says No very clearly in several ways Student then gives the teacher a medieval date rape drug and doesn t take no for an answer Teacher moves away again, but student follows and continues badgering the teacher into running away together Tragic young lovers death follows.I would want the teacher to get away from this lunatic forever, not to get a chance to meet her again in another life and realize that he should have given in to a relationship earlier She doesn t really understand the love of her life at all, and knows that she s doing wrong, and never once respects the guy s wishes The only basis for their love seems to be that they re both good looking and she s maniacally devoted they certainly don t get to know each other in any meaningful way Even in the modern story, they seem mis matched with no real reason for being in love other than being chained into this recursive loop Terrible, terrible story

  8. Lisa Lisa says:

    I was really looking forward to reading this book Maybe that s why I was so disappointed with it I truly liked the idea of the book reincarnation and karma two things I strongly believe in , which is the only thing that prevented me from rating it with one star The characters were not real, I didn t felt as though I knew very much about how they were feeling and that some things were ridiculously elaborate Julian is from Italy we get it I think that is mentioned at least 300 times Yet h I was really looking forward to reading this book Maybe that s why I was so disappointed with it I truly liked the idea of the book reincarnation and karma two things I strongly believe in , which is the only thing that prevented me from rating it with one star The characters were not real, I didn t felt as though I knew very much about how they were feeling and that some things were ridiculously elaborate Julian is from Italy we get it I think that is mentioned at least 300 times Yet his marriage gets one sentence when it happens and a paragraph later Would that not be slightlyimportant thank knowing that he s from Italy Worst of all, I felt like there was hardly much of a love story which is what the entire book is supposed to be based on or that was my interpretation, at least It didn t seem to me that Celia and Stephen loved each other all that much come on, she forgot about him SEVERAL times you don t forget about the person you re truly in love with and Celia and Richard seemed to hate each other They seemed to hardly know each other.Overall, very disappointing If you want to read a real love story go for Outlander by Diana Gabaldon instead

  9. Joanne Joanne says:

    I read Green Darkness when it was first published, so I would have been a young teenager It was the beginning of my love of dual time stories, and the forbidden love between Celia, the fair maiden, and the monk struck a chord with me When I added it to GR, my nostalgic memory rated it 4 stars.If I was reading it now for the first time, I would be inclined to rate it 3 stars The political and religious repercussions of the reigns of Edward, Mary, and Elizabeth made muchsense to me now an I read Green Darkness when it was first published, so I would have been a young teenager It was the beginning of my love of dual time stories, and the forbidden love between Celia, the fair maiden, and the monk struck a chord with me When I added it to GR, my nostalgic memory rated it 4 stars.If I was reading it now for the first time, I would be inclined to rate it 3 stars The political and religious repercussions of the reigns of Edward, Mary, and Elizabeth made muchsense to me now and I enjoyed the historical details of setting, but the plot midway dragged terribly I skimmed to the dramatic end of the 16th century tale which was the heart of the story Looking forward to rereading Katherine, another Anya Seton that I think is the jewel in her body of work

  10. Tracy Tracy says:

    My mom gave me this book to read as a teen It was amazing It is set in two time periods so is a modern and historical mixed into one You start with two people getting married in present day Then due to circumstances they end up discovering they knew each other before in 1500s England Obviously a very different time Their love affair in the past was rather complicated as it wasn t meant to be The story explores past lives and reincarnation which was fascinating The author clearly did he My mom gave me this book to read as a teen It was amazing It is set in two time periods so is a modern and historical mixed into one You start with two people getting married in present day Then due to circumstances they end up discovering they knew each other before in 1500s England Obviously a very different time Their love affair in the past was rather complicated as it wasn t meant to be The story explores past lives and reincarnation which was fascinating The author clearly did her research well and brings to life the politics and way of life of the 1500s It s a great love story as well Highly recommended if you enjoy historical fiction

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