The Compendium, a 47-page paperback companion book, includes:
- John Gilead Palmer short story
- Character family trees
- 1912 map of Lexington
- Timeline of album's narrative and historical context
- Production credits
- Shape note score for "Thy Sword, Thy Shield"
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The Restoration's Constance is a multi-generational cautionary tale, told through historical fiction. Set between the late 1800s and 1930s in Lexington, South Carolina, Constance focuses on the fictional Constance Owen, an unrealized musical prodigy born to poor cotton farmers several years after the American Civil War.
Her eventual union with Aaron Vale, a carpenter and musician of mixed race from Chicago, and the birth of their son, Thomas, plants a seed of discriminative hate in the surrounding community, bringing about the bankrupting of her family by the affluent Palmers, the related death of her husband, and the burying of her creative aspirations. Years later, Thomas' nihilistic vengeance against the Palmers sets off a cataclysmic series of violent events, as the South and the rest of the world plunge into the Great Depression.
released April 23, 2010
Engineered & Mixed by Collin Derrick
Produced by Stephen Russ & Daniel Machado
Mastered by Cory Plaugh