The Heretic's Wife

A Novel

Brenda Rickman Vantrease

St. Martin's Griffin

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From the bestselling author of The Illuminator comes a magnificent tale about the power of love and the perils of faith

Tudor England is a perilous place for booksellers Kate Gough and her brother John, who sell forbidden translations of the Bible. Caught between warring factions—English Catholics opposed to the Lutheran reformation, and Henry VIII’s growing impatience with the Pope’s refusal to sanction his marriage to Anne Boleyn—Kate embarks on a daring adventure that will lead her into a dangerous marriage and a web of intrigue that pits her against powerful enemies. From the king’s lavish banquet halls to secret dungeons and the inner sanctums of Thomas More, Brenda Rickman Vantrease’s glorious new novel illuminates the public pageantry and the private passions of men and women of conscience in treacherous times.

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London,
April 1524

William Tyndale patted the breast pocket of his jerkin for the twentieth time since leaving St. Bart's Fair. Still there. But of course it was. Even the pettiest thief among this lot would not risk the stocks to steal a book worth no more than three shillings. It had probably cost no more than ten pence to print, but it was priceless to him.

He strode down the middle of the street to avoid the slime-filled ditches, ignoring the jeers and catcalls from the drunks and painted women who groped each other in the shadowy doorways of Cock's Lane.

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"This is a strong historical, showing another side of the tempestuous Tudor times. Boleyn and Henry VIII, often the focus of these stories, are sideline figures, and the common folk who truly suffered under the intolerance of the regime take center stage while the saintly More is given shockingly brutal treatment. Tudor fans will be pleased and excited by this fresh approach."
--Publishers Weekly
 
"Vantrease focuses her fascinating novel on commoners who suffered as their country went from Catholic to Protestant in the blink of an eye. This fresh approach to the era and intriguing characters will entrance Tudor fans."
--RT Book Reviews
 
"Solid historical."
--Library Journal

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Fiction Review: The Heretic’s Wife by Brenda Rickman Vantrease, Author . St. Martin’s $25.99 (406p) ISBN 978-0-312-38699-3

Tudor England is a dangerous place to harbor Lutheran sympathies, yet brave souls like John Gough and his sister Kate smuggle protestant bibles into the country and translate them into English for
- Publishers Weekly


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Brenda Rickman Vantrease

BRENDA RICKMAN VANTREASE is a former English teacher and librarian whose bestselling debut, The Illuminator, was translated into over a dozen languages and chosen as a BookSense Reading Group Pick. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

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The Heretic's Wife
A Novel
Brenda Rickman Vantrease

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
July 2011
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312573515
ISBN10: 0312573510
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 416 pages
$14.99

Hardcover

Hardcover
St. Martin's Press
April 2010
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312386993
ISBN10: 0312386990
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 416 pages
$25.99

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e-Book Agency
St. Martin's Press
July 2011
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429936149
ISBN10: 1429936142
416 pages
$9.99
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