Publish date: January 1st 2013
Publisher: Virago Press (UK)
Edition language: English
, Book Club
, Adult Fiction
, Historical Fiction
, 16th Century
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.
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...
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...
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...
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