The Heretic's Wife

The Heretic's Wife

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From the bestselling author of The Illuminator comes a magnificent tale about the power of love and the perils of faith Tudor England is a perilous place for booksellers Kate Gough and her brother John, who sell forbidden translations of the Bible. Caught between warring factions--English Catholics opposed to the Lutheran reformation, and Henry VIII's growing impatience with the Pope's refusal to sanction his marriage to Anne Boleyn--Kate embarks on a daring adventure that will lead her into a dangerous marriage and a web of intrigue that pits her against powerful enemies. From the king's lavish banquet halls to secret dungeons and the inner sanctums of Thomas More, Brenda Rickman Vantrease's glorious new novel illuminates the public pageantry and the private passions of men and women of conscience in treacherous times.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, c2010
ISBN: 9780312386993
Branch Call Number: VANTREA
Characteristics: viii, 406 p. ; 25 cm

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70greengirl
Sep 18, 2012

I liked this novel but it was not what I was expecting. The story is good but I'm not so sure of the historical accuracy of the attitudes towards women? Maybe during England's reign of King Harry V111 there was a modernizing of attitudes?
I was surprised that the main character would be allowed to live alone above her family book store – unmarried and only 17 – would a brother be OK with this? He was older, married with a young child. Were families now educating daughters as they did their sons?

Despite some of my questions I still got caught up in the story and wanted to know what would happen next.

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jenzbooks
Jun 07, 2012

I enjoyed the real-people perspective on royalty and the Church and found this a fascinating time capsule view of a very weird time under a tyrant who didn't know what he believed, if anything, but was determined to get what and who he wanted. The book made me think about what I would do if confronted with censorship and persecution because of my beliefs. In fact, this is perhaps the most interesting aspect of the book: that you can't really tell what people will do under pressure. Great details about printing process, smuggling, clothing and the noises and smells of the times.

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