Charles Reade (8 Jun 1814 – 11 Apr 1884) was an English novelist and dramaturg. As an author, he always had an eye to stage effect in scene and situation as well as in dialogue. His first comedy, The Ladies' Battle, appeared at the Olympic Theatre in May 1851. It was followed by Angela (1851), A Village Tale (1852), The Lost Husband (1852), and Gold (1853). Reade's novels were popular, and he was among England's highest-paid novelists. But, many libraries refused to carry his works on the grounds that they were indecent.
The Cloister and the Hearth (1861) is an historical novel by Charles Reade. The story is set in the XV century revolves about the journeys of Gerard Eliassoen a young scribe and illuminator across the Europe. Gerard sets off to Rome in order to avoid his vicious burgomasters persecution and make some money for his family. But no idea he had of where this road would lead. How would Gerard’s adventures end? Read and find put out!