The Mercy Seller

A Novel

Brenda Rickman Vantrease

St. Martin's Griffin

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In the fifteenth century, with religious intolerance spreading like wildfire across Europe, Englishwoman Anna Bookman and her grandfather, Finn, earn a living in Prague by illuminating precious books---including forbidden translations of the Bible. As their secret trade grows ever more hazardous, Finn urges Anna to seek sanctuary in England. Her passage abroad, however, will be anything but easy.

Meanwhile, a priest in London, Brother Gabriel, dutifully obeys church doctrine by granting pardons . . . for a small fee. But when he is sent to France in disguise to find the source of the banned manuscripts finding their way to England, he meets Anna, who has set up a temporary stall as a bookseller. She has no way of knowing that the rich merchant frequenting her stall is actually a priest---just as he does not know that he has met the woman for whom he will renounce his church.

It is only in England, which is far from the safe harbor once imagined, that their dangerous secrets will be revealed.

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Critical Acclaim for The Mercy Seller:
“By turns exotic, mystical, regal, and romantic.” ---Book Page
“Vantrease tells an engaging story and paints a vivid picture of fifteenth-century Europe.”
---Publishers Weekly
“Readers who liked Vantrease’s debut, The Illuminator, will be pleasantly surprised by this satisfying sequel. . . . The same lovely detail and attention to historical realities of the first book are here maintained.”
---Library Journal
“Bigger, broader, and even better than its predecessor.”
---Nashville Scene


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Brenda Rickman Vantrease

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.

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The Mercy Seller
A Novel
Brenda Rickman Vantrease

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
April 2008
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312377854
ISBN10: 0312377851
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 448 pages
$22.99

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St. Martin's Press
March 2007
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ISBN: 9781429917001
ISBN10: 1429917008
432 pages
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