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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 Jones Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Abridged 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.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jaimie | 2/11/2014

    " This was a pretty interesting book, but the author killed off almost everyone of interest. Why? Who knows! It didn't really mesh with the book at all. It was set in the middle ages, so maybe she was trying to be realistic that a lot of people died back then. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Sylvia | 1/29/2014

    " A fairly well crafted book set in an interesting time in history (14th century England). Within the first 50 pages, I was ready to throw it away as a clumsy bodice-ripper, but the rest of the book was better. I wanted more from the story - more integration of historical fact, more consistent character behaviours, more believable people. I did not find the main character sympathetic - too much swooning and feeling the victim, not enough backbone. I enjoyed the historical quotes, some from figures written marginally into the story line. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Julie H. Ferguson | 1/13/2014

    " A superb first novel by this author. Set in medieval England Vantrease weaves fiction into fact skillfully making me read late into the night. It's a story of love, parenting, hardships, and dilemmas in which the reader learns of the church's power and deceit, the dismal lives of the serfs, and the beauty of art. Highly recommended for those who love good historical fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jeannie | 1/12/2014

    " Good piece of historical fiction, but not a happy one. Satisfying, but frustrating throughout. Great details, realistically tragic time of medieval history. Good blend of real and fictional characters and events. "

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