1636 by Eric Flint


Book #24 in the multiple New York Times best-selling Ring of Fire series. SEVEN DAYS IN MAY, 1636 It’s spring in Burgundy. The flowers are out and so are the cardinals—of Pope Urban’s renegade papacy, now on the run from the Vatican’s would-be usurper Borja. Most of the Church’s senior leaders have converged upon the city of Besancon, where the Pope plans to offer an ecumenical olive branch to the other Christian denominations with ...

Details 1636

Release DateDec 5th, 2017
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction, Alternate History, Time Travel

Reviews 1636

  • Dan
    I started reading the eARC of 1636 The Vatican Sanction 40 days ago, with a 1.5 day break to enjoy the Liaden series "Neogenesis" eARC. There was little in this book to grab and maintain my interest, unfortunately. Some days I had to force myself to read a single chapter. :/ I hope the next book in this great series is better.
  • Daniel Shellenbarger
    1636: The Vatican Sanction seems to be the final volume in the Italian Arc of Ring of Fire novels. That series of stories, which started with 1634: The Galileo Conspiracy has focused on the up-timers interactions with the Papacy (in the form of Urban VII) and their efforts to push for moderation in the Roman Catholic church's policies towards outsiders, hoping to eliminate the religious underpinnings that fueled the 30 Years War. While the up-tim...
  • Roy
    What I have liked about the Ring of Fire stories is how the most important thing that the people sent back in time have are new ideas. The ideas of freedom, especially religious freedom, is an odd fit in the midst of the 30-year war. And I've been impressed that, once started into a best-selling series, Flint has not shied away from what a challenge it would be for the actual religious leaders. This entry takes that to a natural conclusion, as th...
  • Michael Brown
    This is basically an action series. While politics, economics and religion have their place in the tales, they are rather boring subjects when the authors spend most of the books dealing with them. In the shorter Gazette submissions these are good topics for the short stories or articles. But again we have another major book which has at least 80% or more devoted to political dealings and religious arguments. They are crucial to this tale and to ...
  • MAB LongBeach
    Another entry in the long-running 1632/Ring of Fire series. Pope Urban has had a change of heart and is heading both an Ecumenical Colloquy and a Council of Cardinals to reform the Church, running more or less simultaneously. Unfortunately, he is also being hunted by assassins, which further complicates an already complicated situation.There are a lot of characters to keep straight, including at least four groups of would-be assassins, some of th...
  • James Eckman
    An espionage and political novel and somewhat talky in parts, it's the end of a subplot so I don't recommend it as a first read in this series. It did make me read up a bit on Vatican II, an interesting read.
  • Kathleen
    continued saga re Pope Urban and issues but very slow and weak plot. Characters had no depth. Did not progress story line if it had dealt with issues
  • Kathryn Baron
    This started out very slow indeed. However it did become more enthralling as it progressed.