Using the rich history of this fourteenth-century castle as a starting point, Rhodes has created five short stories that take place over different eras in the castle’s past: The Labourer (Medieval), T
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3.5 stars. The drawings are irregular and sometimes confusing, but the accompanying texts are really informative and give a real sense of time and place. It overall works in giving a feel of the passing of time and the historical circumstances around it, as well as how castles affected the people around them. The edition is beautiful, as it is usually the case with Nobrow.
really liked it
Thanks to the publisher for a hardcover copy!
I thought this was such a cool idea for a graphic novel: the writer researched archives and collections of Scotney Castle in Kent, and then created 5 individual stories from the castle’s history, each with a different illustrator. If you don’t like a particular artist, you know you’ll be moving on quickly to another. For anyone who is curious about exploring graphic novels, this would be a great way to dip your toe into them.
Interesting history and stories, but the graphic novel sections are done in a way that i often couldn’t make sense of the story until i got to the text pages afterward that explained the actual historical facts adapted to make the story. It’s a combination of simplistic art style and just plain confusing sequencing, and i could have loved this book if i were able to make sense of the graphic novel sections as stand-alones.