Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Illuminations by Mary Sharratt

Illuminations
by Mary Sharratt

Just released (paperback): October 15, 2013
Publisher: Mariner Books
Genre: Historical
Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-10: 0544106539
Rating: 5

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Skillfully weaving historical fact with psychological insight and vivid imagination, Illuminations brings to life one of the most extraordinary women of the Middle Ages: Hildegard von Bingen, Benedictine abbess, visionary, and polymath.

Offered to the Church at the age of eight, Hildegard was expected to live in silent submission as the handmaiden of a renowned, disturbed young nun, Jutta von Sponheim. But Hildegard rejected Jutta's masochistic piety, rejoicing in her own secret visions of the divine. When Jutta died, Hildegard broke out of her prison, answering the heavenly call to speak and write about her visions and to liberate her sisters. Riveting and utterly unforgettable, Illuminations is a deeply moving portrayal of a woman willing to risk everything for what she believed.


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Loved how this story unfolds. It is such a great way to learn something about the infamous Hildegard von Bingen whom I only knew through her music. She was such an amazing woman of the past who accomplished so much despite restrictions of the time period.

About the Author:

The author of four critically acclaimed historical novels, Mary Sharratt is an American who lives in the Pendle region of Lancashire, England, the setting for her acclaimed Daughters of the Witching Hill, which recasts the Pendle Witches of 1612 in their historical context as cunning folk and healers.

She also lived for twelve years in Germany, which, along with her interest in sacred music and herbal medicine, inspired her to write Illuminations: A Novel of Hildegard von Bingen.

Illuminations won the Nautilus Gold Award for Better Books for a Better World and was selected as a Kirkus Book of the Year.

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Praise for Illuminations:

"An enchanting beginning to the story of the perennially fascinating 12th-century mystic, Hildegard of Bingen. It is easy to paint a picture of a saint from the outside but much more difficult to show them from the inside. Mary Sharratt has undertaken this with sensitivity and grace."
—Margaret George, author of Mary, Called Magdalene

"I loved Mary Sharratt’s The Daughters of Witching Hill, but she has outdone herself with Illuminations: A Novel of Hildegard Von Bingen. She brings one of the most famous and enigmatic women of the Middle Ages to vibrant life in this tour de force, which will captivate the reader from the very first page."
—Sharon Kay Penman, author of the New York Times bestseller Time and Chance

"I love Mary Sharratt. The grace of her writing and the grace of her subject combine seamlessly in this wonderful novel about the amazing, too-little-known saint, Hildegard of Bingen, a mystic and visionary. Sharratt captures both the pain and the beauty such gifts bring, as well as bringing to life a time of vast sins and vast redemptions."
—Karleen Koen, author of Before Versailles and the best-selling Through a Glass Darkly

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* review and giveaway courtesy of Illuminations tour - check out the other stops here for more details on this book and goodies sponsored by Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours.


13 comments:

  1. Added to Goodreads.

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  2. Added to Goodreads. Thank you for making it open to all.

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    ps I accidentally posted this on another post of yours! sorry.

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  3. Added to GR: Mary Preston

    This sounds fantastic.

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  4. I've had my eye on this book since I first heard about it. It really sounds brilliant, thanks for having a giveaway. I've added it to my goodreads TBR. Thanks.
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  6. Added to Goodreads and tweeted.
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  7. Looks like a really interesting book. I tweeted about the giveaway.

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  8. Adeed on GRs as Kristia Miltiadou and tweeted https://twitter.com/MiltiadouK/status/401231328160395264
    Thank you for the giveaway :)

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  9. Goodreads

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  10. Put it on the Goodreads want list!

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  11. I am glad I saw this on time.
    On Goodreads now!

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