Madoc

Original title: Willem die Madoc maakte

Author: Dros, Nico

Publication Date:

April 2021

Pages:

592

Original language and publisher

Dutch | Van Oorschot

Territories Handled

Worldwide excl. Dutch

Genre

Historical Fiction

Madoc

Original title: Willem die Madoc maakte

Author: Dros, Nico

Synopsis

Nico Dros succeeds in depicting the dark Middle Ages with great dedication and narrative pleasure, like a Dutch Umberto Eco. An extraordinary, exceptional novel. — NRC Handelsblad

This historical novel about William Madoc reads like an old-fashioned adventure novel. — Trouw

It should be clear: Nico Dros did not hold back when writing this genuine bibliothriller. He lets his imagination flow and swirl like a wide river in which you are only too happy to be carried away. He kisses the dark Middle Ages to life, and, no matter how fantastic his story is, he still portrays a hero of flesh and blood. de Volkskrant****

The Dutch Umberto Eco

In 2017, a Flemish medievalist discovers a collection manuscript from the thirteenth century. He becomes convinced that this was written by Willem, poet of the famous Of the Fox Reynaerd and the mysterious book Madoc. How do these texts relate to the life story of the versatile medieval writer? In a novel that is at once blood-curdling and intellectually challenging, and in which the Middle Ages emerge in all their color, Nico Dros plays an ingenious game with the alleged history of the most enigmatic medieval writer: Madoc.

After a storm in the year 1196, fishermen retrieve a toddler from the sea. He turns out to be the only survivor of a shipwreck. The boy, presumably a royal child, spends his youth in a monastery near Bruges. He flees this to find his family again. Under the name Madoc, he leads a life as a knight and fights duels to the death, a life in which love plays a leading role as well. For years he was the right-hand man of the legendary Count Hincmar. In Paris he emerges as an agnostic, freethinker and writer. But when the Inquisition becomes active, the heretic hunters also get Madoc in their sights.

In 2017, a Flemish medievalist discovers a collection manuscript from the thirteenth century. He becomes convinced that this was written by Willem, poet of the famous Of the Fox Reynaerd and the mysterious book Madoc. How do these texts relate to the life story of the versatile medieval writer? In a novel that is at once blood-curdling and intellectually challenging, and in which the Middle Ages emerge in all their color, Nico Dros plays an ingenious game with the alleged history of the most enigmatic medieval writer: Madoc.

Marketing Information

  • Over 16,000 copies sold in three months
  • English sample available in October