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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,461 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Brenda Rickman Vantrease Narrator: Simon Jone Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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It is England, in the 14th century, a time of plague, political unrest, and the earliest stirrings of the Reformation. The printing press had yet to be invented, and books were rare and costly, painstakingly lettered by hand and illuminated with exquisite paintings. Finn is a master illuminator who works not only for the Church but also, in secret, for John Wycliffe of Oxford, who professes the radical idea that the Bible should be translated into English for everyone to read. Finn has another secret as well, one that leads him into danger when he meets Lady Kathryn of Blackingham Manor, a widow struggling to protect her inheritance from the depredations of Church and Crown alike. Finn's alliance with Lady Kathryn will take us to the heart of what Barbara Tuchman once called the calamitous fourteenth century.

Richly detailed and irresistibly compelling, The Illuminator is a glorious story of love, art, religion, and treachery at an extraordinary turning point in history. Download and start listening now!


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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by April | 1/27/2014

    " I listened to this one on CD and although I really liked some aspects of it and found it historically interesting, it was just too predictible and seemed like everything had to go wrong for everyone just to show the difficult times. I don't know how much of that is the plotline and writing and how much of it is my bias. It's also quite wordy and took some time to really get into it. Wouldn't recommend it to anyone that doesn't absolutely love this period in history and very sad and sensational drama. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kathleen Valentine | 1/25/2014

    " A beautifully told story about a turbulent time in English history. It is a sad story but it was a sad time. I especially loved the quotes from and the material about St. Julian of Norwich whose life has always interested me. There is also a good deal of depth on the art of illuminated manuscripts and the paints and pigments used to create them. If you like this period of history it is a very worthwhile book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Becca | 1/13/2014

    " It took me a while to process the ending. I wasn't sure if I loved the book or hated it. I decided I liked it. the characters and story stuck with me and were hard to "leave." it wasn't spectacular, but it was good. I'm interested to read the sequel. That says something, right? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Trisha | 1/9/2014

    " a big disappointment -- despite the fact that it was set in England in the late 14th century and had a cast of characters who could have been fun to read about...except that it ended up reading like a medieval soap opera. A big waste of time as far as I'm concerned. (But it kept me reading nonetheless!) "

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