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White Ladies of Worcester

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  50 ratings  ·  10 reviews
"You did right to be angry, my daughter," he said. "You were not angry with me, nor with the brave Crusader, nor with the foolish Seraphine. Your anger, all unconsciously, was aroused by a system, a method of life which is contrary to Nature, and therefore surely at variance with the will of God. I have long had my doubts concerning these vows of perpetual celibacy for wom ...more
Hardcover, 372 pages
Published May 23rd 2010 by Kessinger Publishing (first published 1917)
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Barclay explores various Christian experience in the path of discipleship and personal relationship with Christ, as well as her take on the nobility of honorable marriage, setting her story in a earlier English setting so that she can incorporate her understanding of Catholic perspectives of the former theme as well as her own Protestant one. And she switches to a more archaic style, perhaps to better proximate the style of some of the Medieval novels written in the previous century. As a result ...more
Laura McDonald
It is the 12th century in the city of Worcester. At the Nunnery of the White Ladies, old lay-sister Mary Antony performs her daily ritual. As the nuns return from Vespers through the underground passage into the cloisters, she counts them in her unique way--dropping one pea for each nun from her hand into a bag. Today the count is different. Today the nuns pass, all the peas drop into the bag, and then one more nun passes by.

Who is this intruder? Could Mary Antony's senses be failing her? Or is
I have always loved this story of the galant knight, the beautiful nun and the wise bishop and even though I in my older years recognize the old fashioned language and plot devices, it still manage to capture me. But I am afraid that time may be running from it and I wonder if my grandchildren will even consider reading it.
I love Florence Barclay. This is my least favorite of her books (not true: now "Returned Empty" is, this is exponentially better!)
It's the most catholic of her books that I've read (lots of prayers to Mary etc.) but the ending brings the main characters to a more (protestant) Christian understanding and belief.
Great period piece; a 1917 take on a nun, a knight and a bishop in the 12th century. High romance and much religiosity. Perhaps I should have bumped this up to three stars for entertainment value, but I'm feeling curmudgeonly. Or perhaps ashamed of myself for the way I kept turning the pages!
Chris Lane
Too much repetition The whole book could have been written in a third of the space. however it was a free download. Got bored and only finished it as other delights were awaiting
I enjoyed this book, especially the contrast between the bishop and Hugh. But somehow, the plot just wasn't as capturing for me as the Rosary's was.
Mine of course was an old version, and not a reprint. One thing I liked about this book was the insight it gave to life in a convent.
The best of Barclay. She really delivers and unusual tale with humor and poignancy. And avoids getting too sentimental, for the most part.
Negative stars are required to even hope to capture the appallingness of this ghastly bilge.
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