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Publication Date: September 29, 2014

Raven’s Wing Books

Formats: eBook, Paperback

Genre: Historical Fiction

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"… in the meantime, a credible report caused all ecclesiastics of the Catholic Church to lament and weep.” Prudentius of Troyes, Annales Bertiniani, anno 839

On Ascension Day May 22, 838, Bishop Bodo, chaplain, confessor, and favorite of both his kin, Emperor Louis the Pious, son of Charlemagne, and Empress Judith, caused the greatest scandal of the Carolingian Empire and the 9th century Roman Church.

Bodo, the novel, dramatizes the causes, motivations, and aftermath of Bodo’s astonishing cause célèbre that took place during an age of superstitions, a confused Roman Church, heterodoxies, lingering paganism, broken oaths, rebellions, and dissolution of the Carolingian Empire.

My Review

I received a free copy for my honest review.
I had a hard time putting this book down, this book was great, I haven't read a medieval book so good, in a long time, and believed me, I read a lot.

Bodo the Apostate 

"Bodo The Apostate" is a story that begins in 818 A.D., during the Carolingian Empire in the region of Aquitaine.
He was the son of Count Gunzo, who died while at war, thus leaving Bodo and his elder sister Adeltrud orphan; their mother was already deceased at the time of the Count's death.
Upon the death of Count Gunzo, the children's uncle then takes them to live at court against the wishes of Bodo, who at the time was only six years old. His was an extremely intelligent and inquisitive  mind,  and was constantly asking his elders for explanations; his mind was restless...He enjoyed the gift of expressing himself with ease and quickly grasped anything he was taught.

After a long trip with their uncle, they finally arrive at the court of Emperor Louis the Pious and of his wife,  Empress Judith of Bavaria, who also happened to be Bodo's cousin.

As soon as the children were introduced at court, the Emperor and his wife were not only astounded by Bodo's speech, but also by how inquisitive and intelligent he was. Realizing how bright Bodo was, they quickly took the decision to educate him at the court schools, under the tutelage of the best instructors available. 
On the first day of school, the child is introduced to the Emperor's astrologist Priscus, who in due time becomes Bodo's best friend and mentor. As expected, the court's school suits Bodo very well, because he can ask as many questions as he wishes, while simultaneously increasing his knowledge in many subjects..
As time goes on, his knowledge acumen earns him the Emperor's trust, thus becoming his right hand and occupying high ranking positions at court. 
During  the IX century A.D., Aquitaine was ruled by the Roman Catholic Church, there were many superstitions, and people were questioning the church. In the meantime,  as Bodo became more savvy and had greater understanding, he began developing more clarity and taking his own decisions regarding  the path he wanted to choose for his life and future.
This book is very well written indeed...The details,  the religions,  the wars, the food, the musical instruments, all contribute to its enjoyable reading. In fact, there is a musical instrument with which I was totally unacquainted, and which I will leave to your own discovery as you read through the pages of this book.  I learned about the life of Emperor Louis the Pious, who was Emperor Charlemagne's son, and about his wife, Empress Judith. I also learned about how Europe and parts of Africa were politically divided in those times. 
It is for these and many other reasons that I invite you to read this wonderful book and discover what Bodo finally did with his life, and what decisions he took to ride the path he carved for himself.

About the Author

Author of four other novels, ROCAMORA, HOUSE OF ROCAMORA, A GATHERING OF VULTURES, and CLOSE TO THE SUN, Donald Michael Platt was born and raised in San Francisco. Donald graduated from Lowell High School and received his B.A. in History from the University of California at Berkeley. After two years in the Army, Donald attended graduate school at San Jose State where he won a batch of literary awards in the annual SENATOR PHELAN LITERARY CONTEST.

Donald moved to southern California to begin his professional writing career. He sold to the TV series, MR. NOVAK, ghosted for health food guru, Dan Dale Alexander, and wrote for and with diverse producers, among them as Harry Joe Brown, Sig Schlager, Albert J. Cohen, Al Ruddy plus Paul Stader Sr, Hollywood stuntman and stunt/2nd unit director. While in Hollywood, Donald taught Creative Writing and Advanced Placement European History at Fairfax High School where he was Social Studies Department Chairman.

After living in Florianópolis, Brazil, setting of his horror novel A GATHERING OF VULTURES, pub. 2007 & 2011, he moved to Florida where he wrote as a with: VITAMIN ENRICHED, pub.1999, for Carl DeSantis, founder of Rexall Sundown Vitamins; and THE COUPLE’S DISEASE, Finding a Cure for Your Lost “Love” Life, pub. 2002, for Lawrence S. Hakim, MD, FACS, Head of Sexual Dysfunction Unit at the Cleveland Clinic.

Currently, Donald resides in Winter Haven, Florida where he is polishing a dark novel and preparing to write a sequel to CLOSE TO THE SUN.
For more information please visit Donald Michael Platt’s website. You can also connect with him on Facebook and Twitter.

Bodo, the Apostate Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, December 8
Review at Oh, For the Hook of a Book

Tuesday, December 9
Interview at Oh, For the Hook of a Book

Wednesday, December 10
Review at Back Porchervations
Spotlight at CelticLady’s Reviews

Friday, December 12
Guest Post at Back Porchervations

Monday, December 15
Spotlight at Boom Baby Reviews

Monday, December 22
Guest Post at Words and Peace

Tuesday, December 23
Review at Book Nerd

Monday, December 29
Review at Next Chapter Book Reviews

Monday, January 5
Review at Svetlana’s Reads and Views
Spotlight at The Literary Vacation

Tuesday, January 6
Review at Broken Teepee

Thursday, January 7
Review at A Bibliophile’s Reverie

Friday, January 8
Review at Just One More Chapter
Review at The Never Ending Book