Vision of Light, A by Judith Merkle Riley

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The bestselling novel that introduces Margaret of Ashbury and launches a trilogy featuring this irrepressible woman

Margaret of Ashbury wants to write her life story. However, like most women in fourteenth-century England, she is illiterate. Three clerics contemptuously decline to be Margaret’s scribe, and only the threat of starvation persuades Brother Gregory, a Carthusian friar with a mysterious past, to take on the task. As she narrates her life, we discover a woman of startling resourcefulness. Married off at the age of fourteen to a merchant reputed to be the Devil himself, Margaret was left for dead during the Black Plague. Incredibly, she survived, was apprenticed to an herbalist, and became a midwife. But most astonishing of all, Margaret has experienced a Mystic Union—a Vision of Light that endows her with the miraculous gift of healing. Because of this ability, Margaret has become suddenly different—to her tradition-bound parents, to the bishop’s court that tries her for heresy, and ultimately to the man who falls in love with her.

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About Judith Merkle Riley

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JUDITH MERKLE RILEY is a professor of political science and has a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. She is also the bestselling author of A Vision of Light and In Pursuit of the Green Lion, the first two novels in the Margaret of Ashbury trilogy.
Published May 23, 2006 by Crown. 450 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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Black Gate

Margaret’s voice and the events of her life, and the depiction of her world in A Vision of Light is so entertaining, thoughtful, exciting and absorbing, (even when some attitudes prevalent in that era are appalling to today’s readers), it is a great gift to readers that after more than a decade i...

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