The Corner That Held Them

The Corner That Held Them

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Author/Editor: Warner, Sylvia Townsend, and Harman, Claire (Introduction by)
Publisher: Virago Press (UK)
Date: 1993
Binding: Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. Virago Modern Classics. Audience: General/trade.
Condition: USED - Very good. An unmarked copy with tight binding and minimal edge wear.

In memory of the wife who had once dishonored and always despised him, Brian de Retteville founded a 12th-century convent in Norfolk. Two centuries later, the Benedictine community is well established there and, as befits a convent whose origin had such ironic beginnings, the inhabitants are prey to the ambitions, squabbles, jealousies, and pleasures of less spiritual environments. An outbreak of the Black Death, the collapse of the convent spire, the Bishop's visitation, and a nun's disappearance are interwoven with the everyday life of the nuns, novices, and prioresses in this marvelous imagined history of a 14th-century nunnery.