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by Sarah Dunant
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Rough Draft Hero
Rough Draft Hero rated it 2 years ago
Low-key. Mostly inner-monologuing from the main character. I liked the atmosphere, and the uh...slice-of-life-ishness about nuns? All the characters were women, which was cool.
EpicFehlReader
EpicFehlReader rated it 4 years ago
By the second half of the sixteenth century, the price of wedding dowries had risen so sharply within Catholic Europe that most noble families could not afford to marry off more than one daughter. The remaining young women were dispatched -- for a much lesser price -- to convents. Historians estimat...
Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it 4 years ago
bookshelves: radio-4x, italy, roman-catholic, religion, published-2009, medieval5c-16c, period-piece Recommended for: BBC Radio Listeners Read from March 27 to April 06, 2014 Sunday 30th March 2014 at 06:00 Episode 1/2: Sixteen-year-old Serafina is locked in the convent of Santa Caterina. Drama...
Boston Bibliophile
Boston Bibliophile rated it 5 years ago
http://www.bostonbibliophile.com/2009/07/review-sacred-hearts-by-sarah-dunant.html
The House That Books Built
The House That Books Built rated it 6 years ago
This story of a convent in 16th century Italy really gripped me from start to finish. It's about power really; the power of a girl's family to put her away against her will, the power of the Church and the struggles for control within the convent itself.Whenever I read or see anything about nuns I i...
June's Room
June's Room rated it 6 years ago
This story of a convent in 16th century Italy really gripped me from start to finish. It's about power really; the power of a girl's family to put her away against her will, the power of the Church and the struggles for control within the convent itself.Whenever I read or see anything about nuns I i...
Ageless Pages Reviews
Ageless Pages Reviews rated it 7 years ago
I usually immediately launch myself into a Dunant novel and am immersed until I have finished. This book was the first one to break the pattern. Unlike The Birth of Venus or In the Company of the Courtesan, Sacred Hearts started out fairly slow and fairly boring, sad as it is to say.However, I stuc...
Only Mostly Dead
Only Mostly Dead rated it 8 years ago
Excellent book. I learnt a lot about nuns in the 15th century. Plus it's just a really good, gripping read - especially towards the end where it really picks up pace.
The Night Owl
The Night Owl rated it 8 years ago
I give this book 3.5 stars. The story is based on true events during the time when the Catholic Church was beginning a stricter regime. As a result of this change the convents which were the only environment where women enjoyed the freedom to be somewhat independent became threatened. Women from all...
That's What She Read
That's What She Read rated it 8 years ago
"We ve come a long way, baby. It may be clich�d, but Sacred Hearts shows the reader the strides women have made in the world. I remain utterly horrified at the fact that so many women were forced into the convents. When your options are to marry the man your father tells you to marry, submit to his...
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