The Dolorous Adventure of Brother Banenose – Matthew Catania
What a little find! If you love going to the Renaissance Festival every year, or even just periodically, you will love this story. I felt like I was watching a live performance of an actor retelling this tale of adventure. It was Monty Python and the Holy Grail mixed with present day summer medieval festivals.
Full of humor with bawdy jokes and nonsensical situations, this just tickled me.
I am sad to report that it is currently out of print. The publisher Booktrope went under recently, leaving this gem in a lurch. I hope the author is able to find a new publisher soon because it is worth the read.
You can still find the book on Amazon, though you can’t buy it. But who knows, maybe if you contact the author, he would be willing to sell from his possible secret horde of copies?
Synopsis: The Dolorous Adventure of Brother Banenose is the ideal novel for mature readers with juvenile senses of humor who enjoy satire, sex, knife fights, theosophy, bestiaries, sorcery, and some history thrown in for good measure. This tale focuses on the comic misadventures of a 14th century Franciscan monk known as Brother Banenose, who dreams of becoming a saint. Unfortunately, he is afraid of being martyred. Even less fortunate, Brother Banenose inadvertently inspires murderous rages in many people he meets in the outside world, including a family of relentless barbarians. When he learns that a precious relic has been stolen from his monastery, Brother Banenose sets off to recover it. Along the way he strikes up questionable friendships with some less than pious individuals including a sultry witch, a fraudulent swineherd, a warrior maiden, and a soothsayer who can only foresee doom. His quest leads him to The Idyllic Land Of Bliss, which happens to be beset by both a menagerie of fantastical monsters and the Black Death. The situation grows even more perilous once the Holy Office of the Inquisition arrives in town. If you were to put The Decameron, The Name of the Rose, and The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle into a blender and hit frappe, you would wind up with something resembling The Dolorous Adventure of Brother Banenose. Original paintings by the author are included.
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