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The Illuminator by Brenda Rickman Vantrease
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It is England, in the fourteenth century, and the old feudal order is starting to crack but the whim of a lord or the pleasure of a bishop can still seal nearly anyone's fate. For Lady Kathryn of Blackingham Manor, a widow desperately trying to safeguard her holdings, it is a time made both sweeter and more dangerous by the arrival of Finn, a master illuminator who is lodged at Blackingham by the Church but is secretly working on a forbidden English translation of the Bible. As their hesitant friendship grows into a passionate alliance, wonderful new storyteller Brenda Rickman Vantrease brings us a glorious novel of love, treachery, art, and redemption on the eve of the Renaissance.
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