The Illuminator

Brenda Rickman Vantrease; read by Simon Jones

Macmillan Audio

Download Image Brenda Rickman Vantrease; read by Simon Jones The Illuminator

Available Formats

BookAudio BookeBook
A glowing first novel that brings us “historical fiction in the grand epic manner, beautifully felt and written”*
It is England, in the fourteenth century—a time of plague, political unrest and the earliest stirrings of the Reformation. The printing press had yet to be invented, and books were rare and costly, painstakingly lettered by hand and illuminated with exquisite paintings. Finn is a master illuminator who works not only for the Church but also, in secret, for John Wycliffe of Oxford, who professes the radical idea that the Bible should be translated into English for everyone to read. Finn has another secret as well, one that leads him into danger when he meets Lady Kathryn of Blackingham Manor, a widow struggling to protect her inheritance from the depredations of Church and Crown alike. Finn’s alliance with Lady Kathryn will take us to the heart of what Barbara Tuchman once called “the calamitous fourteenth century.” Richly detailed and irresistibly compelling, The Illuminator is a glorious story of love, art, religion, and treachery at an extraordinary turning point in history.

Connect with the Author

Macmillan Newsletter


Sign up to receive information about new books, author events, and special offers.

Sign up now

Reviews

Praise for The Illuminator

“Brenda Rickman Vantrease’s The Illuminator is one of the most engaging books I’ve had the pleasure to read in many years. Extraordinary characters of an extraordinary period in history are portrayed with passion that only an accomplished writer can deliver...This is simply a wonderful book.”—Terry Kay, New York Times bestselling author of The Valley of Light and To Dance With the White Dog

“A wonderful novel—a tumultuous panorama of Wycliffe’s and Chaucer’s England, with an absolutely compelling and irresistible heroine.”* —Max Byrd, author of Grant & Shooting the Sun

Reviews from Goodreads

Back

About the Author

Brenda Rickman Vantrease; read by Simon Jones

BRENDA RICKMAN VANTREASE is a former English teacher and librarian who has traveled extensively in the British Isles. She holds a Ph.D. in English and lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

Brenda Rickman Vantrease
Simon Jones

Back

Reading Guide

Other Guides

Back

Buy the Book

Available Formats and Book Details

The Illuminator
Brenda Rickman Vantrease; read by Simon Jones

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

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

e-Book Agency

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

From The Publisher

Macmillan Audio

Latest on Facebook

Latest on Twitter

Back