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The Illuminator - Brenda Rickman Vantrease
The Illuminator
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It is England, in the late fourteenth century, a time when the old feudal order is starting to crack, but the whim of a lord or the pleasure of a bishop still has the power to seal nearly anyone's fate. The printing press has yet to be invented; books are rare and costly, painstakingly lettered... show more
It is England, in the late fourteenth century, a time when the old feudal order is starting to crack, but the whim of a lord or the pleasure of a bishop still has the power to seal nearly anyone's fate. The printing press has yet to be invented; books are rare and costly, painstakingly lettered and illuminated with exquisite paintings. For Lady Kathryn of Blackingham Manor, a widow and mother trying desperately to safeguard her holdings without the dubious protection of her late husband, it is a time made both sweeter and more perilous by the arrival of a master illuminator called Finn. Caught between the King's taxes and the Church's tithes, Kathryn strikes a bargain with the local abbot: she will take Finn and his pretty young daughter into her household in exchange for the monastery's protection. Finn is working not only on approved church texts, but secretly---and dangerously---on a forbidden English translation of the Bible. As the hesitant friendship between Kathryn and Finn grows into a passionate alliance, wonderful new storyteller Brenda Rickman Vantrease brings us a glorious novel of love, treachery, faith, and redemption on the eve of the Renaissance.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780312331924 (0312331924)
ASIN: 0312331924
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Pages no: 432
Edition language: English
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Elysium
Elysium rated it
2.0 The Illuminator
Can't really tell what my problem with this was. But somehow it just didn't click.
Chris' Fish Place
Chris' Fish Place rated it
1.0
Great writing, but too predictable for me to like. It's me, not the author.
icycolour
icycolour rated it
This book gave me ideas throughout the time it took me to read this. Not only was it an interesting story that took me longer than necessary to read it, it also helped me figured out some things about myself. Not exactly deep, philosophical things but actually a rough approximate of how long it take...
Telynor's Library, and then some
Telynor's Library, and then some rated it
2.0
This was a book that I really wanted to enjoy, but I just could not. The biggest inaccuracy, and what ruined the book for me, occurs near the end. Feh. For the longer review, please go here:http://www.epinions.com/content_178192486020
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