A Vision of Light: A Margaret of Ashbury Novel (Margaret of by Judith Merkle Riley

By Judith Merkle Riley

The bestselling novel that introduces Margaret of Ashbury and launches a trilogy that includes this irrepressible womanMargaret of Ashbury desires to write her existence tale. notwithstanding, like most ladies in fourteenth-century England, she is illiterate. 3 clerics contemptuously decline to be Margaret’s scribe, and in simple terms the specter of hunger persuades Brother Gregory, a Carthusian friar with a mysterious prior, to tackle the duty. As she narrates her lifestyles, we find a girl of startling resourcefulness. Married off on the age of fourteen to a service provider reputed to be the satan himself, Margaret was once left for useless in the course of the Black Plague. tremendously, she survived, used to be apprenticed to an herbalist, and have become a midwife. yet so much dazzling of all, Margaret has skilled a Mystic Union—a imaginative and prescient of sunshine that endows her with the mind-blowing reward of therapeutic. due to this skill, Margaret has develop into without notice different—to her tradition-bound mom and dad, to the bishop’s courtroom that attempts her for heresy, and eventually to the fellow who falls in love together with her.

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Well, what is my money for, but to indulge my sweet poppet? If you wish a book, you may have it, as far as I’m concerned. ” My husband understands a great deal about the world, because he has been in it much longer than I have. He was not wrong about the difficulty. The first priest I asked grew angry and refused all money for such a task. He looked at me with his sharp eyes and said, “Who put this in your mind, the Devil? He often plants improper desires in women. Women have no reason to write anything at all.

He was as courteous as possible under the circumstances, but soon enough he sent her off under the sharp eyes of the cathedral scribes. As Margaret turned to go, she looked back intently at him, and a shrewd look of calculation passed over her face. It was the arrogance that had caught her attention. All the ones who can really read and write are like that, she thought. She watched intently as Brother Gregory stood at his full height and looked down his nose at her, as if he had a hundred dinners waiting for him, and her work didn’t interest him in the least.

Protested father. ” Father Ambrose was growing annoyed. “Higher learning? ” Father’s voice was sarcastic. “It’s very great, this proposal of Sir Ambrose’s. ” Mother put her hand on father’s shoulder in a conciliatory fashion. ” Father whirled on mother in a rage. ” “Better than what, better than his old father? I’ll teach him higher! ” Sir Ambrose looked furious and turned to go. But before he could speak, mother grabbed his sleeve and begged him, “Oh, please, please, worshipful Father, consider this great thing for David!

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