The Heretic's Wife

The Heretic's Wife

Book - 2010
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Kate Gough, a woman who sells forbidden translations of the Bible in Tudor England, embarks on a daring adventure that leads her into a dangerous marriage and a web of intrigue, pitting her against powerful enemies.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312386993
Branch Call Number: VANTREASE
Characteristics: viii, 406 p. ; 25 cm


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Sep 18, 2012

I liked this novel but it was not what I was expecting. The story is good but I'm not so sure of the historical accuracy of the attitudes towards women? Maybe during England's reign of King Harry V111 there was a modernizing of attitudes?
I was surprised that the main character would be allowed to live alone above her family book store – unmarried and only 17 – would a brother be OK with this? He was older, married with a young child. Were families now educating daughters as they did their sons?

Despite some of my questions I still got caught up in the story and wanted to know what would happen next.

Jun 07, 2012

I enjoyed the real-people perspective on royalty and the Church and found this a fascinating time capsule view of a very weird time under a tyrant who didn't know what he believed, if anything, but was determined to get what and who he wanted. The book made me think about what I would do if confronted with censorship and persecution because of my beliefs. In fact, this is perhaps the most interesting aspect of the book: that you can't really tell what people will do under pressure. Great details about printing process, smuggling, clothing and the noises and smells of the times.


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