A Vision of Light

A Vision of Light

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A novel set in fourteenth-century England narrated by a noblewoman and her hired scribe.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Delacorte Press, [1989], ©1989
ISBN: 9780440501091
0440501091
Branch Call Number: FICTION Ril
Characteristics: 442 pages ; 25 cm

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A Vision of Light by Judith Merkle Riley

Margaret Kendall of Ashbury is a beautiful housewife living in 14th-century England. She is the mother of two healthy children, loved, and surrounded by many luxuries, but there is one thing more Margaret wishes, and her doting merchant husband is pleased to indulge her. Yet it is such a shocking thing that it is a harder wish to grant than a ring of rubies. Margaret wishes to write a book. (more)


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A 14th-century housewife asks her indulgent husband for the one thing he may not be able to grant.

This bestseller set in the Middle Ages has Margaret, a merchant's wife, paying a starving, handsome monk to set down her tale of a life most intriguing and sometimes humorous. Sequels are In Pursuit of the Green Lion and The Water Devil.

When Margaret of Ashbury is commanded by a Voice to write down her life story, there is one small problem. As a typical woman of the Middle Ages, Margaret can't write--or read--so she hires a noble but penniless lay brother to set down her miraculous tale of disasters and fortitude.


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GmaBeanreads
Jun 10, 2016

Bk One. Get this one!!

Violet_Biblio Jun 04, 2015

The most amazing book ever. This book is a keeper, captivating as well as funny each time it is read. The author is a gifted story teller, characters come alive and one walks in the life of the middle ages as if one was living there today. There is everything in this book. It was recommended to me way before I ever got around to reading it but the cover and the description never appealed to me. I think it was because it cannot be categorized or classified and labelled as a romance or a mystery, or a fantasy and when I did get around to reading it I was blown away and immediately read the other two following it.

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70greengirl
Jul 14, 2011

I read this story quite a while ago. I know I really enjoyed the story. I wish I could remember more about the writing . . . ?

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EPLPicks_Teen Apr 07, 2010

Margaret of Ashbury, a 14th-century English midwife, hires the reluctant Brother Gregory to record her memoirs.

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