HERESY by SHARAN NEWMAN
Catherine LeVendeur is a creature of twelfth-century
France. Her life is a mirror of that time but she is a
unique spirit, determined to make her way in the world and
armed with a keen mind and a curiosity that often puts her
in peril. Her life is both a reflection of the bonds placed
upon a woman in her society and the ways in which a strong
personality can triumph and succeed in spite of those
strictures. Catherine is fiercely loyal to both her faith
and her family . . . and this loyalty is sometimes sorely
tested because of a dreaded family secret. Raised a devout
Catholic, she knows that if her family's Jewish roots are
exposed, all she loves will be destroyed.
But how far will she go to protect that secret? When her
dearest friend in the world, Astrolabe, the son of the
fabled theologian Peter Abelard and Heloise, flees wrongful
prosecution for the vicious murder of a young woman,
Catherine's family takes him in to hide. But there are
darker forces than murder at work here. Someone wishes to
use Astrolabe to complete the destruction of his father's
fame in the name of faith . . . and there are those who
would see the destruction of the very order of Christian
And Catherine's family is caught right in the middle of the
conflict. While she has experienced love and loss, her life
is committed to preserving what peace she can for those she
loves. How far will Catherine go to save her friend, and
what will this sacrifice do to her family's future?
Heresy is the eighth title in Sharan Newman's critically
acclaimed Catherine LeVendeur medieval mystery series.
Sharan Newman has used extensive research to give us a
fascinating panorama of twelfth-century France that is rich
in historical detail, and she puts flesh to bone by
creating portraits of people who are not so different from
ourselves. Filled with fascinating details of medieval life
and the intricate interplay between the Christian and
Jewish cultures of the time, Heresy is a compelling mystery
and a riveting historical rolled into one.
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