A Good Man in Africa: A Novel by William Boyd

By William Boyd

Within the small African republic of Kinjanja, British diplomat Morgan Leafy bumbles seriously via his activity. His love of ladies, his fondness for drink, and his loathing for the rustic end up bold hindrances on his highway to any type of luck. but if he turns into an operative in Operation Kingpin and is charged with tracking front runner in Kinjanja's nationwide elections, Morgan senses a chance to accomplish genuine specialist attractiveness and, extra importantly, reassignment.

After he unearths himself being blackmailed, clinically determined with a venereal ailment, trying bribery, and confounded with a lifeless physique, Morgan realizes that little or no goes in accordance with plan.

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Quas ob res si parum ordinate singula carptimque non attigero, ignoscant mihi precor humillime qui nostra legent. (19) [I would here ask my readers to hold me excused if I do not describe the troubles of those times in the order in which events occurred. For I was not present in those times, nor have I hitherto heard anything about them directly . . Certainly while writing this I have had no oral informant or storyteller, who might offer me, as I had originally hoped, the subject matter I was bound to treat.

Henry VII, who had spent much of his exile in Brittany, sought to keep it independent, both to maintain an asylum for sympathetic refugees from the French court and to limit French hegemony along the Channel seaboard. The French ambassador and noted humanist1 Robert Gaguin, incensed by what looked like diplomatic dilatoriness, wrote a bad-tempered epigram, published in Paris, which attacked the English and their king. 3 Giovanni Gigli (“vir profecto divinarum humanarumque rerum peritissimus” [“a man very expert indeed in divine and human affairs”]), born around 1434, had received ecclesiastical preferment from Edward IV, and would do so again under Henry VII.

Nam postquam me primipilum primaeque aciei ductorem ordinasti, ut Laelius ille Caesari, sic ego excellentiae tuae verbis illius respondere iubeor in hunc modum Britanni ô vere successor et haeres imperii, veras exprimere voces ubi jubes, quod tam lenta tua tenuit patientia vires, conquerimur. Deeratne tibi fiducia nostri? (27–28) [And so we should highly praise that custom established far in antiquity, according to which commanders exhort their fellow soldiers to fight boldly, not because they 30 Court Poetry in Late Medieval England and Scotland doubt their loyalty, but so that they may be more eagerly aroused to the task in hand.

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