The Heretic's Wife: A Novel

The Heretic's Wife: A Novel

by Brenda Rickman Vantrease, Ben Bova
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The Heretic's Wife: A Novel by Brenda Rickman Vantrease, Ben Bova

From the bestselling author of The Illuminator comes a magnificent tale about the power of love and the perils of faith

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429936149
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 07/19/2011
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 550,783
File size: 638 KB

About the Author

BRENDA RICKMAN VANTREASE is a former English teacher and librarian whose bestselling debut, The Illuminator, was translated into over a dozen languages and chosen as a BookSense Reading Group Pick. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.


BRENDA RICKMAN VANTREASE is a former English teacher and librarian who has traveled extensively in the British Isles. She is the author of the novels The Illuminator, The Mercy Seller, and The Heretic's Wife. She holds a Ph.D. in English and lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

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The Heretic's Wife 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1528 at Gouch's Book and Print Shop, siblings John and Kate Gough obtain banned protestant bibles and translate them into English at a time when the Lutheran reformation is outlawed. When John is caught and arrested, he saves his life by recanting his sins. His sister Kate understands why he repudiated his activity, but refuses to retract her actions and beliefs. Kate meets and falls in love with biblical translator John Frith. He takes her to safety in Antwerp as religious wars seem imminent in England. King Henry VIII is increasingly frustrated with the Pope's inaction on his petition to sanction a marriage to his mistress Anne Boleyn so he begins to look towards the Lutheran doctrine. To the contrary, Catholic supporter Thomas More burns heretics to keep England loyal to the Vatican. In these dangerous times, Protestants are subject to a heresy death penalty especially inside of England but even those who fled to tolerant Holland. This is a refreshing superb Tudor historical that focuses on the impact of the religious wars on the working class. Perhaps the biggest adjustment for readers is Sir Thomas More as a fanatic willing to torture and burn heretics, a far cry from A Man for All Seasons. With a rare for novels of that era modern day relevance, Brenda Rickman Vantrease pulls no punches as she provides a profound look at what the royal-papal dispute does to the every-person English. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous 10 months ago
Well researched and written as was the Illuminator.
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