Bruce Holsinger’s first novel is set in Europe in 1385 at a time when Richard ll.’s grasp on his crown is very shaky and forces are massing in Europe to destabilize the English throne and take over power. A book’s gone missing, a very singular book. It’s a copy of a group of apocalyptic prophecies apparently written by an 8th Century monk. In which the deaths of all English kings from William the Conqueror on are predicted accurately. But it’s the final verse that everyone wants to get their hands on. Because that predicts the assassination of Richard ll. And it’s very specific as to time and place.
Bruce Holsinger is Professor of English and Medieval Studies at the University of Virginia and an elected Councillor of the Medieval Academy of America. His nonfiction books on medieval literature, music, and culture, published by the university presses of Chicago, Stanford, and Columbia, have won numerous awards, including best book prizes from the American Musicological Society, the Medieval Academy of America, and the Modern Language Association. He has held prestigious fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He is also the co-author, with Mark Winokur, of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Movies, Flicks, and Film. A Burnable Book is his first novel.