To Save the Lost
is a three-volume novel set in early
15th Century Yorkshire.
Click here to view a
Preview of To Save the Lost
To Save the Lost
transcends the bounds of genre. In the 15th century, when life was often
short and brutal, a Yorkshire man pens his youthful adventures for his
young son - peppering his exciting, entertaining and romantic narrative
with advice on how to run a manor, settle disputes, travel safely and
live “by the Book”. Today’s reader can enjoy a wealth
of detailed social history, philosophy and a whole gamut of medieval entertainments
- including the author’s original music. Here are ready-made resources
for performance by re-enactors; Yorkshire folk and those interested in
etymology and dialect may discover words rapidly disappearing but all
explained clearly [in text] without interrupting the gripping yarn. Inspired
by an Arthurian legend, gritty realism replaces magic. Unfolding through
the limited vision of the youthful Robin Wynmer like a detective story,
foreknowledge of its multiple threads remain a mystery for its readers
Cover illustration for Book I by R. M. Moss
The artist, Christine Slade, subscriber
to the private edition of 2011, wrote to the author, “I read from
beginning to end, with scarcely time to take a breath between each book.
What an epic tale! What an epic task! I’m humbled by the depth of
your knowledge and greatly impressed by the breadth of your research.
I was immediately captivated by the plot, became totally immersed in the
characters who, as their stories unfolded, stepped alive from the pages
and demanded my attention. In short, I felt as though I was secreted behind
a tapestry - silently observing each happening; or trailing behind your
riders across the moors - feeling as cold, weary and saddle sore as they!
Every page painted a scene within my head and I was enthralled.”
Cover illustration for Book II by R. M. Moss
Faced with an inescapable moral choice, Robin's actions
lead him into a series of adventures which begin to unravel many of
the mysteries which puzzled him hitherto.
He is beset by new questions as he sparks off a series
of events beyond his control.
Cover illustration for Book III by R. M. Moss
Robin is learning the difference between the epic chivalry
of geste and story and that which may be enacted in daily life. As his
expectations become more realistic, his courage burgeons and he is finally
able to act with the wisdom and conviction of a man of honour.
His demons and dragons slain, he begins to perceive
the many forms by which humility and acceptance can lead to and beyond
For those whose historical knowledge
is limited or who thirst for more, a wealth of further information, both
written and visual is to be found on the other half of this site: Living
is being expanded and improved to support the content
of the books.
Information relating to performance of the plays, songs
etc integral to the book: