Medieval Historical Fiction Novel of the Week

Death Comes As Epiphany: A Catherine LeVendeur Mystery by Sharan Newman, Medieval, Historical Fiction, Middle Ages, NovelDeath Comes As Epiphany: A Catherine LeVendeur Mystery by Sharan Newman

Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Forge Books (January 5, 2002)
Average Customer Review on Amazon: 4 stars

Editorial Review from Publishers Weekly:

A medievalist breathes life and vigor into the scholastic debates and religious controversies of 12th-century France in this entrancing mystery debut. Catherine LeVendeur, a young novice and scholar at the Convent of the Paraclete, is sent by the Abbess Heloise on a perilous mission to find out who is trying to destroy the reputation of the convent and, through it, that of the abbess’s onetime lover and patron, theologian Peter Abelard. A psalter created at the convent and given as a gift to the powerful abbot Suger of Saint-Denis is later rumored to contain heretical statements in its accompanying commentaries. Catherine, in the role of a disgraced novice, must find the book and copy the disputed passages to determine if they are forgeries. Further complicating her search, Saint-Denis’s master stonemason, Garnulf, is murdered, a crime which may be tied to the sinister hermit Aleran and the rebuilding of the splendid Abbey of Saint-Denis. Re-entering worldly life, the young novice must face both her sometimes disapproving family and her attraction to Garnulf’s mysterious apprentice, Edgar. Newman skillfully depicts historical figures and issues in a very different age, one in which piety and great beauty coexist with cruelty.
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