The Illuminator

Brenda Rickman Vantrease

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It is England, in the late fourteenth century, a time when the old feudal order is starting to crack, but the whim of a lord or the pleasure of a bishop still has the power to seal nearly anyone’s fate. The printing press has yet to be invented; books are rare and costly, painstakingly lettered and illuminated with exquisite paintings.

For Lady Kathryn of Blackingham Manor, a widow and mother trying desperately to safeguard her holdings without the dubious protection of her late husband, it is a time made both sweeter and more perilous by the arrival of a master illuminator called Finn. Caught between the King’s taxes and the Church’s tithes, Kathryn strikes a bargain with the local abbot: she will take Finn and his pretty young daughter into her household in exchange for the monastery’s protection.


Finn is working not only on approved church texts, but secretly---and dangerously---on a forbidden English translation of the Bible. As the hesitant friendship between Kathryn and Finn grows into a passionate alliance, wonderful new storyteller Brenda Rickman Vantrease brings us a glorious novel of love, treachery, faith, and redemption on the eve of the Renaissance.

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Praise for The Illuminator

“A sweeping portrayal of the distant past…ample in romance, mystery, and adventure.”
---The Boston Globe

“A remarkable debut novel.” ---The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“An absorbing expertly told tale…embroidered with plenty of homespun detail.”
---Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A luminescent and very readable portrait of a dark time in history.” ---Booklist

“If you liked The Birth of Venus…you’ll love The Illuminator.” ---Good Housekeeping.com




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Brenda Rickman Vantrease

Brenda Rickman Vantrease lives in Nashville, Tennessee. The Illuminator, her first novel, was a Booksense Pick in hardcover and is being translated into eleven languages.

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The Illuminator
Brenda Rickman Vantrease

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
December 2005
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312331924
ISBN10: 0312331924
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 432 pages
$18.99

Abridged Digital Audio

Abridged  Digital Audio
Macmillan Audio
March 2005
Abridged Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781593976583
ISBN10: 1593976585
Audio Run Time: 6:00
$14.99

Unabridged Digital Audio

Unabridged  Digital Audio
Macmillan Audio
March 2005
Unabridged Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781593976590
ISBN10: 1593976593
Audio Run Time: 16:00
$19.99

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e-Book Agency
St. Martin's Press
December 2005
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429909815
ISBN10: 1429909811
416 pages
$7.99
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