The Illuminator

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Macmillan, 2005 - Fiction - 406 pages
21 Reviews
It is England, in the late fourteenth century, a time when the whim of a lord or the pleasure of a bishop can seal nearly anyone's fate. The printing press has yet to be invented. Books, written only in Latin or Norman French, are rare and costly, painstakingly lettered and illuminated with exquisite paintings---far beyond the reach of ordinary people.

But there are cracks in the old feudal order---and in the absolute power of the Church. Finn is a master illuminator who works not only for the Church but also, in secret, for the heretical Oxford cleric John Wycliffe. Under the nose of the powerful Abbot of Broomholm, Finn illuminates pages for Wycliffe---an English translation of the Bible, meant to bring the word of God to the masses. And Finn has another secret, one that will lead both himself and his beloved daughter into ever-increasing peril.

Lady Kathryn, the mistress of Blackingham Manor, is a widow who finds herself caught between the King's taxes and the Church's tithes. To protect her sons' inheritance, she strikes a bargain with the abbot---Kathryn will take in the illuminator and his daughter, and gain the monastery's protection. What begins as a hesitant friendship between Finn and Lady Kathryn grows into a passionate alliance that touches off a chain of betrayals, tragedies, and unexpected acts of heroism.

Richly detailed and irresistibly compelling, The Illuminator is a glorious novel of love, art, religion, and treachery at an extraordinary turning point in history.
 

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One star only for the theme which is translating the Bible into common English for the average person to read and benefit. Bringing to life the tale behind the Holy Bible is a huge responsibility I ... Read full review

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I started to read this book when it was first launched, put it down and forgot about it - don't know why! This was an amazing story that, two days after finishing it, I'm still thinking about the ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
7
Section 3
18
Section 4
27
Section 5
38
Section 6
70
Section 7
85
Section 8
91
Section 19
250
Section 20
263
Section 21
274
Section 22
289
Section 23
296
Section 24
301
Section 25
308
Section 26
321

Section 9
104
Section 10
117
Section 11
134
Section 12
156
Section 13
164
Section 14
184
Section 15
196
Section 16
208
Section 17
223
Section 18
234
Section 27
333
Section 28
343
Section 29
355
Section 30
363
Section 31
377
Section 32
399
Section 33
403
Section 34
405
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About the author (2005)

Brenda Rickman Vantrease is a former English teacher and librarian who has traveled extensively in the British Isles. She holds a doctorate in English from Middle Tennessee State University and lives in Nashville, Tennessee. The Illuminator is her first novel.

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