William Peak ’61 spent ten years researching and writing his debut novel The Oblate’s Confession (Secant Publishing). The novel, set in England during the Dark Ages, tells the story of the young son of an Anglo-Saxon warrior (the oblate of the title), who is given as an offering to a monastery. As he grows older, he must struggle to reconcile the world of his birth with the world of his upbringing, until he must choose to support one and betray the other. The novel is a compelling story but also meticulously researched, revealing the world of medieval England in vivid detail.
Kirkus Reviews named The Oblate’s Confession one of its Best Indie Books of 2015 and called the novel “An entirely spellbinding debut” and “A vividly realized story of one boy’s attempt to live a life of faith in a time of war.”