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Subject: The Heretic's Wife
Date Posted: 11/23/2009 10:01 PM ET
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I have The Heretic's Wife by Brenda Rickman Vantrease on my WL and I've seen it on other member WL as well. I have no idea what it's about, or why I put it on my WL.  Does anyone know what it's about?  I have checked Amazon, B&N and I've googled it.  I can't find anything on it.

Date Posted: 11/23/2009 10:32 PM ET
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Donna,  I think it may be a continuation of "The Illuminator"  I am not certain.

Date Posted: 11/24/2009 7:47 AM ET
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Oh, boy, a research question!

The Heretic's Wife is due out in April 2010. It takes place about 100 years after The Mercy Seller. Here's what Brenda Rickman Vantrease writes on her blog:

Are any of the characters from the first two books in The Heretic's Wife? No. Although the story is centered around the same conflict, the three-hundred-year-old struggle to check the political power of the Church and translate the Bible into English, this one takes place a century later. It is set during Henry VIII's reign. However, anyone who has read the previous two books might recognize a family characteristic, obsession, or even maybe a family heirloom illuminated Bible.

From the front page of the blog:

A novel that illuminates the public pageantry and the private passions of men and women of conscience in the treacherous times of Tudor England.  Available in bookstores on April 16, 2010.

Date Posted: 11/24/2009 12:44 PM ET
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Here is the description of it I posted on my blog a few months ago:

 

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.
 

Date Posted: 11/24/2009 2:27 PM ET
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Genie and Daphne, thank you, thank you.  Daphne, your post was very familar to me, that must be where I first heard about it.  I knew I had read out the book in one of the many blogs I read when I have time.  At least now I know why it's on my WL.