The eighth title in the Catherine LeVendeur series - ten mysteries set amid the rising political and religious unease of 12th century France. The bestselling US series available in the UK for the first time.
Catherine LeVendeur carefully constructed life of faith and family rests on the constant fear of a dreaded secret. Raised a devout Catholic, if her family's Jewish roots are exposed, everything she loves will be destroyed.
But how far will she go to protect that secret When her dearest friend, Astrolabe, son of the fabled theologian Peter Abelard, flees wrongful prosecution for the vicious murder of a young woman, Catherine's family offers him a hiding place. But there are darker forces at work. Someone is using Astrolabe to destroy his father's fame and reputation - someone who would relish in the destruction of the very order of Christian life.
With her family caught in the middle of such a dangerous conflict, the young Catherine must call on all her wits and courage to ensure the future of everyone she cares for.
Newman skilfully depicts historical figures and issues in a very different age, one in which piety and great beauty coexist with cruelty - Publishers Weekly
Sharan Newman will change the way you think about the Middle Ages. Her Catherine LeVendeur series brings the twelfth century to life with compassion, intelligence, and wit, in tales rich with detail and unforgettable characters. Newman delivers an outstanding mystery in each and every book. This series is not to be missed! - Jan Burke
Newman provides her audience with a multifaceted jewel of a historical mystery that is filled with fascinating details that bring the twelfth century to life. - Booklist
Breathtakingly exciting and full of mystery and adventure - Los Angeles Times