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The Absolutist

A Novel

by John Boyne

The Absolutist
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Norwich, England

Norwich, England In John Boyne's The Absolutist, twenty-one-year-old Tristan Sadler takes a train from London to Norwich, England to deliver a package of letters to Will Bancroft's sister. Norwich, a city located along the River Wensum in eastern England, is the county seat of Norfolk and was once one of the largest, most populated towns in England, second only to London in prosperity.

Norfolk (literally meaning North people), shares the bulge on the east of England, known as East Anglia with it's southern neighbor - Suffolk (South people). The region is known as East Anglia after the Angles, a Germanic group who settled the area by the 5th century. The etymology of Norwich is essentially north-wich - wich being the Anglo-Saxon designation for a coastal trading settlement.

It is the most intact, walled medieval city in England and one of the few that did not arise from Roman settlements. Norwich began after the Romans had relinquished the area and was, at varying times, conquered by ...

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