By Philippa Gregory
During this publication, initially released after her bestselling debut with the Wideacre trilogy, big apple instances bestselling writer Philippa Gregory takes readers to Henry VIII's England, on a trip to the outer reaches of ardour, the place magic and feminine energy meet. Alys joins a nunnery to flee the poverty of her lifestyles at the moor along with her foster mom, Morach, the neighborhood clever girl with whom she lives as an outcast, yet she quickly reveals herself thrown again into the area while Henry VIII's wreckers ruin her sanctuary. Summoned to the citadel because the outdated lord's scribe, she falls obsessively in love together with his son Hugo, who's married to Catherine. pushed to desperation by way of her hope, she summons the main harmful powers Morach has taught her, yet quickly the passionate triangle of Alys, Hugo, and Catherine starts off to blow up, launching them into uncharted sexual waters. The magic Alys has conjured now has a lifetime of its personal -- a lifestyles that's horrifyingly and disastrously uncontrolled. Is she a witch? considering that heresy capability the stake, and witchcraft the rope, Alys is in mortal threat, treading a deadly direction among her religion and her personal woman strength.
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When she lost (as everyone knew she would, since the farmer was a pious man and wealthy), she swore a curse against him in the hearing of the whole village of Bowes. He had fallen sick that very night and later died. Everyone knew that Morach had killed him with her snake-eyed glare. If he had not been so thoroughly hated in the village it would have gone badly for Morach after that. But his widow was a pleasant woman, glad to be free of him, and she made no complaint. She called Morach up to the farmhouse and asked her for a poultice to ease her backache, and overpaid her many times to ensure that Morach bore no dangerous grudge.
Sometimes they had the innards of a newly slaughtered pig from a grateful farmer's wife. Sometimes they had rabbit. Morach had a snare and Alys set a net for fish. Morach's pair of hens, which lived underfoot in the house feeding miserably off scraps, laid well for a couple of days and Morach and Alys ate eggs. Most days they had a thin gruel for breakfast and then fasted all day until nightfall when they had broth and bread and perhaps a slice of cheese or meat. Alys could remember the taste of lightly stewed carp from the abbey ponds.
All she could hear in Bowes were confused stories of inspections and changes. The King's Visitors went everywhere, demanding answers in silent cloisters, inspecting the treasures in orders sworn to poverty. No one knew how far the King would go. He had executed a bishop, he had beheaded Thomas More, the most revered man in England, he had burned monks at the stake. He claimed that the whole clergy was his, parish priests, vicars, bishops. And now he was looking to the abbeys, the nunneries, the monasteries.
The Wise Woman by Philippa Gregory