The Mercy Seller

The Mercy Seller

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Baker & Taylor
Urged by her grandfather to seek sanctuary in England when their secret work as illuminators of forbidden books is threatened by a wave of religious intolerance in fifteenth-century Prague, Anna catches the attention of an undercover priest.

McMillan Palgrave
In the fifteenth century, with religious intolerance spreading like wildfire across Europe, English-born Anna Bookman and her grandfather, Finn, earn a living in Prague by illuminating precious books, including forbidden translations of the Bible. Finn subscribes to the heresy that people ought to be able to read the Word of God for themselves, without having to pay a priest for the privilege, but holding that belief is becoming more and more hazardous. When the authorities start burning books and slaughtering heretics---including the man Anna was to marry---Finn urges her to seek sanctuary in England, but her passage abroad will be anything but easy.
In London, Friar Gabriel dutifully obeys church doctrine by granting pardons . . . for a small fee. But then he is sent undercover on a spying mission to France, where Anna has set up a temporary stall as a bookseller. Anna has no way of knowing that the wealthy young merchant frequenting her stall is actually a priest---just as Gabriel does not know he has met the woman who will cause him to doubt his vows.
As Anna continues her journey to England, where the movement to stamp out heresy is growing ever fiercer, Brenda Rickman Vantrease brings us a richly imagined and immensely rewarding novel of love, faith, and dangerous secrets.


Blackwell North Amer
In the fifteenth century, with religious intolerance spreading like wildfire across Europe, English-born Anna Bookman and her grandfather, Finn, earn a living in Prague by illuminating precious books, including forbidden translations of the Bible. Finn subscribes to the heresy that people ought to be able to read the Word of God for themselves, without having to pay a priest for the privilege, but holding that belief is becoming more and more hazardous. When the authorities start burning books and slaughtering heretics - including the man Anna was to marry - Finn urges her to seek sanctuary in England, but her passage abroad will be anything but easy.
In London, Friar Gabriel dutifully obeys church doctrine by granting pardons ... for a small fee. But then he is sent undercover on a spying mission to France, where Anna has set up a temporary stall as a bookseller. Anna has no way of knowing that the wealthy young merchant frequenting her stall is actually a priest - just as Gabriel does not know he has met the woman who will cause him to doubt his vows.

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& Taylor

Urged by her grandfather to seek sanctuary in England when their secret work as illuminators of forbidden books is threatened by a wave of religious intolerance sweeping through fifteenth-century Prague, Anna catches the attention of an undercover priest. By the author of The Illuminator. 50,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312331931
0312331932
Branch Call Number: FICTION VANTREASE
Characteristics: viii, 422 p. ; 25 cm

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Dec 28, 2011

Solid historical work. An interesting read.

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