The Mercy Seller: A Novel

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Macmillan, 2008 - Fiction - 448 pages
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In the fifteenth century, with religious intolerance spreading like wildfire across Europe, Englishwoman Anna Bookman and her grandfather, Finn, earn a living in Prague by illuminating precious books---including forbidden translations of the Bible. As their secret trade grows ever more hazardous, Finn urges Anna to seek sanctuary in England. Her passage abroad, however, will be anything but easy.

Meanwhile, a priest in London, Brother Gabriel, dutifully obeys church doctrine by granting pardons . . . for a small fee. But when he is sent to France in disguise to find the source of the banned manuscripts finding their way to England, he meets Anna, who has set up a temporary stall as a bookseller. She has no way of knowing that the rich merchant frequenting her stall is actually a priest---just as he does not know that he has met the woman for whom he will renounce his church.
It is only in England, which is far from the safe harbor once imagined, that their dangerous secrets will be revealed.

 

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User Review  - ELEkstrom - LibraryThing

Wow! I thought The first book, The Illuminator, was wonderful, this was even more powerful. The complexity of characters combined with the complexities of faith and life made it a fascinating story ... Read full review

THE MERCY SELLER

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Female scribe finds heretical love in Vantrease's engrossing follow-up to The Illuminator (2005).In early-15th-century Prague, Anna, granddaughter of Finn the Illuminator, copies, translates and draws ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
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Section 2
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Section 3
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Section 4
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Section 5
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Section 6
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Section 7
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Section 8
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Section 26
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About the author (2008)

BRENDA RICKMAN VANTREASE is a former English teacher and librarian who has traveled extensively in the British Isles. She holds a Ph.D. in English and lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

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