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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. even if, like most ladies in fourteenth-century England, she is illiterate. 3 clerics contemptuously decline to be Margaret’s scribe, and merely the specter of hunger persuades Brother Gregory, a Carthusian friar with a mysterious previous, 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 through the Black Plague. enormously, she survived, used to be apprenticed to an herbalist, and have become a midwife. yet such a lot miraculous of all, Margaret has skilled a Mystic Union—a imaginative and prescient of sunshine that endows her with the wonderful reward of therapeutic. due to this skill, Margaret has turn into unexpectedly different—to her tradition-bound mom and dad, to the bishop’s court docket that attempts her for heresy, and eventually to the fellow who falls in love along with her.

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People often did that, usually ending by shaking their heads and saying, “You look just like your mother,” as if they somehow disapproved. “Too pale,” they’d say, “and those eyes—hazel’s not a fortunate color. They look yellow, like a cat’s, in this light. ” I felt more and more embarrassed as the priest stared, and wished that I had a better dress. Maybe if it were not cut down from mother’s, and turned three times at the hem for growth—or perhaps if it were blue, instead of common russet, he’d like me better, as he did David.

Silently he swept his mournful, intelligent dark eyes across the neat rows of small letters on the last page. It was good Italian paper, and the effect was nice. But Brother Gregory was not admiring his work. He was hoping that no one would ever recognize his handwriting. “Are you worried about the cost? ” Margaret picked up a quill and felt its softened, splayed tip. Then she cocked her head and peered at the writing with the shrewd stare of an illiterate who is determined not to be cheated. “Just read me back that last bit, so I can hear what it sounds like,” she said firmly, as if she were bargaining for an oxtail in the market.

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. Her eyes followed him as he turned to see if he could find other business.

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