Imagine waking up with a 650 year hole in your recollections, stopped dead somewhere in the 14th century during the Hundred Years War? As memories guide human behaviour, such a state might pose a problem for an ambitious modern man clawing his way up the corporate and social food chain, grasping for power and wealth. For the enigmatic Abelard Bush, however, lessons in good manners from the murderous 1300's are all he needs, and the missing centuries are not the least obstacle in his quest for ever more. Indeed, his memories prove to be a great advantage. He remembers having begun life as the fourth son of the Captal de Buch, and then going on to an extraordinary career as a Captain in the Black Prince’s armies, a mercenary to the Italian City States and even, during periods of peace, as a ruthless brigand stalking the highways of medieval France.
How could someone whose golden rule is to do unto others before they do unto him fit so snugly into Felicity’s orderly, civilized world? Abelard is a man apparently unhampered by empathy, who relies mainly on duplicity and violence. Is Abelard an amnesiac who has lost his moral way, a psychopath who has lost his memory or, astonishingly, is he just an ordinary human with an extraordinary story?
- Manuel Werner, February 2016
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