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ISBN: 0312331924
Author: Brenda Rickman Vantrease
Language: English
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1st edition (December 27, 2005)
Pages: 406
Category: Genre Fiction
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 327
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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 a passion that only an accomplished writer can deliver.

Brenda Rickman Vantrease's The Illuminator is one of the most engaging books I've had the pleasure to read in many years. This is simply a wonderful book. Terry Kay, author of The Valley of Light. A rich and original debut novel. Brenda Rickman Vantrease writes with a strong voice, imaginative scope, and an audacious reach about complex characters during a fascinating historical period. Valerie Miner, author of The Low Road.

Brenda Rickman Vantrease is a former English teacher and librarian who has traveled extensively in the British Isles. She holds a doctorate in English from Middle Tennessee State University and lives in Nashville, Tennessee. The Illuminator is her first novel. Библиографические данные. The Illuminator St. Martin's Press. Brenda Rickman Vantrease.

Brenda Rickman Vantrease’s The Illuminator is one of the most engaging books I’ve had the pleasure to read in many years. St. martin’s griffin. Extraordinary characters of an extraordinary period in history are portrayed with passion that only an accomplished writer can deliver. Even reluctant readers will be compelled to stay with the residents of Blackingham Manor as they survive-if that can be the word-the brutal class system of fourteenth-century England. Printed in the United States of America.

by. Bible - Translating - Great Britain - Fiction. Illumination of books and manuscripts - Fiction. Inheritance and succession - Fiction. Great Britain - History - 14th century - Fiction.

Brenda Rickman Vantrease. THOMAS TUSSER, GOOD POINTS OF HUSBANDRY During the late spring, Kathryn did not return to Castle Prison. I’ll not have him sniffin’ around my girl. But Kathryn encouraged the dwarf’s visits, finding errands for him to do in her service, sending him as a messenger to the abbeys around Norwich with inquiries about Colin.

Vantrease Brenda Rickman. Other readers will always be interested in your opinion of the books you've read. Whether you've loved the book or not, if you give your honest and detailed thoughts then people will find new books that are right for them. Terry Kay, New York Times bestselling author of The Valley of Light and To Dance With the White Dog.

The Illuminator book. Richly detailed and irresistibly compelling, Brenda Rickman Vantrease's The Illuminator is a glorious story of love, art, religion, and treachery at an extraordinary turning point in history.

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.

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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, Brenda Rickman Vantrease's The Illuminator is a glorious story of love, art, religion, and treachery at an extraordinary turning point in history.

Comments:

Kerahuginn
I thought the issues and many of the characters that this novel deals with were original. After all, you don't pick up many novels with characters such as a medieval illuminator of manuscripts or an anchoress. This novel made me want to find out more about the art of manuscript illumination, anchoresses, and the Protestant Reformation. I thought Half-Tom and Magda were interesting characters as well. These were the novel's strong points.

The novel's weakness was the lack of depth into the development of the characters. The main character, as many here have noted, is not the illuminator, but Kathryn. I had a hard time liking Kathryn and really getting to know her. I also had a hard time figuring out what it was about her that made Finn love her so much. We never got to see their relationship develop over time. It seems that they were casually chatting in the garden on one page and then two pages later they were in the sack. Kathryn went through difficult times (as a matter of fact, nothing good ever seemed to happen to her), however, I never could really root for her. I cared more about what happened to the other characters than what happened to her.

Even with those problems, I still liked this book and I will read the sequel. I think Ms. Vantrease is a promising new author. I hope that she will continue to write novels from this time period. I look forward to seeing how she develops over time as a writer.
Xinetan
Here is an excellent historical fiction novel set in the middle ages, when love had little to do with marriage, and women were often chattel to their fathers, husbands, and lords/kings. Into this time of the rapacious church, of greedy priests and the selling of indulgences, a time of intolerence comes an illuminator, an illustrator of religious texts, Mn with secrets and a teen-aged daughter, whom the church asks to house with a newly widowed young womwn and her sons, who are coming onto manhood. This is a love story, an intimate look at the times, from the lowest serf, the landed gentry, to lords and the king. It is well-written, well-researched, and compelling. It is the first in a trilogy across generations.
Naktilar
Almost all the reviews I read for this book have been 90% summary, 10% review. Admittedly, these are useful. But there are too many of them, so this will contain no summary.

The Illuminator is an ok book. Actually it's a little bit more than ok. But it has its problems. Mostly for me these problems had to do with the two romances in the book. The early stages of the romances were never really explained, at one point people were friends, the next page they were lovers. I think this all could be resolved if we could have seen the early parts of the sex scenes which were not included in the book. I don't mean a real gratuitous sex scene, just maybe, ten minutes past the first kiss. It would have the romances way more real.

For those that haven't read this book, be warned, it's not particularly upbeat. It has some wonderful uplifting moments, but most of this book is pretty depressing. But then of course, life around this time period was pretty depressing.

Other than that, the book is good. But there's nothing really special about it. It doesn't have that quality some books do-the unexplained quality that makes you love them and treasure them forever. This is a good, but ordinary book.

For more reading on this time period, try Katherine by Anya Seton.
Oghmaghma
This is a first novel, and I wish it had been better marketed. I have done a lot of research into English History and the Protestant Reformation in England. Much attention has been given to Henry the Eighth, his scism with Rome and his much misunderstood search for an heir to solidify his family's hold on the throne. However, before Henry, there was Wycliffe and the people who followed his lead. We never really see Wycliffe, but we follow the impact he is making on the English citizenry. Power corrupts and etc. etc. So it was with the Christian church in the preReformation period. Ms. Vantrease not only covers this situation well, but she explains the position of all the citizenry. The peasants, in spite of their sad position in society, had it easiest because they had no hope until the teachings of this new look at Christianity made them begin to believe in themselves. But the threat of loss of lands and property to whims of the King and the Church kept everyone, even nobility balancing on the edge of a knife. Ms. Vantrease explains this balance well, and she relates the levels of society in such a way as to make us realize how valuable democracy really is.

One of the other characters in her book and one who is seen much more fully is the Anchoress known as Julian of Norwich. Dame Julian's writings are wonderful in their own right, but the fact that she was one of the first people to write in English, to visualize Christ as a muliti faceted figure and had the trust in her God which allowed her to stand against the powerful Bishop of Norwich makes her a worthy subject for deeper study.

This is a first novel, but I look forward to reading more of Ms. Vantrease's work in the future.
Altad
If you want a really good absorbing read, this is it. There are no flaws in this book. It is truly good literature. I listened to the audio version (unabridged). Simon Jones (narrator) does an EXCELLENT job. I think, with his voices of the different characters, it may actually be more enjoyable to listen to the audio book than to read it although I am sure the reading of it is very very good also. I plan to buy the print version just because I like to keep books that I really enjoy. Also, one day in the future I will probably want to read it.

This book is highly recommended by me.

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