This novel is a masterpiece of the historical fiction. It is so fluid and high-paced that it's a total delight to read it. I did not think it was so good a book. Even the meaning of its title becomes apparent at the end of novel with the reference to Francis Bacon.
Basically, the story is set in England following restoration, more specifically in 1663 in Oxford. A prominent member of Oxford community is found dead in his apartment and local young girl is accused of that crime.
Meanwhile, as the story develops, we see how this young girl would cross her path with 4 different individuals. Few years later all these 4 individuals would write memoirs concerning this period in Oxford and provide their view of the events.
As expected, each of the stories are shown from different angle and with few exceptions give totally different account and conclusions.
The full depth of the story is only revealed at the very end of the novel and it is completely unexpected.
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