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The Quality of Mercy: Summary and book reviews of The Quality of Mercy by Barry Unsworth, plus links to an excerpt from The Quality of Mercy and a biography of Barry Unsworth.
Another thing Unsworth does brilliantly is create a historical backdrop that is utterly believable without being intrusive. Small descriptive vignettes in the background drive home the fact that this is a vastly different world from our own. There are the expected wigs and carriages and tasteful interiors, and then there are the "usual array of traitors' heads" on spikes, and the "spyglasses for rent to any passersby who might be taken with a fancy for a closer look at the features of the decapitated felons." (Reviewed by Jennifer G Wilder).
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