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The Ruins of Lace by Iris Anthony
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Jan 28, 13

Read from January 26 to 27, 2013

This was a $.99 special from either B&N or Bookbubs that looked worth the price. The author is a pseudonym for someone who has written 10 award winning novels but she doesn't look familiar and I don't know who she is. The story and writing was ok but what was fascinating was the information about lace. I did not know that it had been banned in France and only those who the king said could wear it, could wear it. There was much smuggling of lace, especially from Flanders and the ways the lace was smuggled was interesting and often deplorable. Also, the conditions that most of the lace makers endured (often in convents) was terrible and the women were repaid for their efforts by being thrown out of the convent to fend for themselves when they could no longer see to make the lace. It was a quick and easy read and it has sent me to find more information about this period in history.
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