The Notorious Abbess

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Academy Chicago Publishers, 1997 - Fiction - 247 pages
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Abbess Hodierna is neither an invincible sorceress nor a princess in disguise. She is clever and compassionate with an independent spirit, sensible though easily led astray by an insatiable curiosity. While leading an order of nuns devoted to maintaining neighborly felicity, she is also unapologetic about her feminist leanings, a woman ahead of her time, but not trapped by it. In every story, the Abbess is drawn into personal disputes, political entanglements and even spiritual battles. Amidst a swirl of kings and queens, Templars and Saracens, monks and nuns, spirits good and evil, the Abbess remains a calm, unshakeable presence. Whether shrewdly plotting a coup de main or matching wits with the Devil himself, she never fails to enchant the reader with her droll unconventionality and indomitable spirit.

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Twelve linked tales, 197890, only one of which, ``Crusader Damosel,'' may be familiar to fans, from an English author who- -except for a well-received Arthurian trilogy in the 1970s— published ... Read full review

The notorious abbess

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This collection of 12 connected stories about the Abbess Hodierna of Shaston is by the late British author who made her literary debut at age 78 in 1976 with the Arthurian trilogy, The Three Damosels ... Read full review

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