On Sale: March 2, 2010
Featuring: Alexandra Patterson; Decius; Brigid
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Thriller Arcane | Historical
Rich in historical detail, Heather Terrellâ€™s mesmerizing
novel Brigid of Kildare is the story of the
revolutionary Saint Brigid and the discovery of the oldest
illuminated manuscript in the annals of the Church, a
manuscript that contains an astonishing secret
Irelandâ€™s first and only female priest and bishop.
Followers flock to her Kildare abbey and scriptorium.
Hearing accounts of Brigidâ€™s power, the Church deems her a
threat and sends Decius, a Roman priest and scribe, on a
secret mission to collect proof of Brigidâ€™s heresy.
As Decius records the unorthodox practices of Brigid and
her abbey, he becomes intrigued by her. When Brigid assigns
Decius a holy task â€” to create the most important and
sacred manuscript ever made â€” he finds himself at odds with
his original mission and faces the most difficult decision
of his life.
Alexandra Patterson, an appraiser of medieval relics, has
been summoned to Kildare to examine a reliquary box believed
to belong to Saint Brigid. Hidden within the sacred box is
the most beautiful illuminated manuscript Alex has ever
seen. But even more extraordinary is the contents of the
manuscriptâ€™s vellum pages, which may have dire repercussions
for the Catholic Church and could very well rewrite the
origins of Christianity.
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