The Corner That Held Them

The Corner That Held Them

by Sylvia Townsend Warner
     
 

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

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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.

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"A magnificent recreation of the life of a medieval convent, dense with physical detail and imagined lives."  —Daily Telegraph

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780860688785
Publisher:
Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date:
10/01/1993
Series:
Virago Modern Classics
Pages:
310
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author


Sylvia Townsend Warner (1893-1978) published seven novels, four volumes of poetry, a volume of essays, and eight volumes of short stories. She lived most of her adult life with her close companion Valentine Ackland in Dorset and Norfolk.

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