The Needle in the Blood

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Sourcebooks, Inc., Mar 1, 2012 - Fiction - 544 pages
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His lust for power gave him everything. But it might cost him the love of his life.

The Bishop hired her for a simple job: embroider a tapestry. It is an enormous work, a cloth trophy of the conquest of England. But her skill with a needle and thread is legendary. It would be uncomplicated.

She plans to kill him as soon as she gets the chance. He and his brother, William the Conqueror, murdered her King and destroyed her world. Revenge, pure and clean. It would be simple.

But neither planned to fall desperately in love. As the two become hopelessly entangled, friends become enemies, enemies become lovers, and nothing in life—or the tapestry—is what it seems. An unlikely love story born of passion and intensity, crafted by critically acclaimed historical novelist Sarah Bower,The Needle in the Blood is a "story of love, war, and the tangled truth of England's birth."

Praise for Sarah Bower's Sins of the House of Borgia

"Sizzling."
USA Today

"The sheer grandeur of the papal and Ferrara courts and the spectacle of the Borgia and Ferrara siblings' rivalries and revenges form a glittering take on one of the most notorious families of the Italian Renaissance."
Publisher's Weekly

"Bower brilliantly merges history with politics and convincing characters to draw readers into a lush and colorful tapestry of Renaissance life...This powerful piece of fiction ranks with some of the finest of the genre."
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User Review  - BrokenTeepee - LibraryThing

There is nothing like a historical re-imagining in the hands of a talented author. In The Needle in the Blood Sarah Bower gives the reader her imagination's take on the creation of what has come to be ... Read full review

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User Review  - gypsysmom - LibraryThing

Prior to reading this book I knew very little about the Bayeux tapestry. When I was in high school the school librarian would show us the slides taken of her trip to France and what I remembered most ... Read full review

Contents

Epiphany
Odos Smile
Service
Choice
Odos Dream
Blood Letting
Fables
Flood
A Turn of the Wheel
Triumvirate
The Fall
Witchcraft
The Miracle
Pearl
Beloved Ghost
Afterword

The Feast of Saint Odo
Purification
Swansong
Virgins of the Mind
Chapter 1
Acknowledgments
About the Author
Copyright

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About the author (2012)

Sarah Bower is a literature development officer for Creative Arts East. She teaches creative writing at the University of East Anglia. She was UK editor of the Historical Novels Review for two years until the beginning of 2006, when she stepped down to make more time for her own writing. She is the author of the forthcoming novel The Needle in the Blood.

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