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Anchoress / Robyn Cadwallader.

Anchoress / Robyn Cadwallader.
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ISBN 9780732299217 (paperback)
0732299217 (paperback)
Author Cadwallader, Robyn author.
Title Anchoress / Robyn Cadwallader.
Publisher/Date Sydney, N.S.W. : HarperCollins Publishers, 2015.
Pagination etc. 314 pages ; 23 cm.
Summary Note Set in the twelfth century, The Anchoress tells the story of Sarah, only seventeen when she chooses to become an anchoress, a holy woman shut away in a small cell, measuring seven paces by nine, at the side of the village church. Fleeing the grief of losing a much-loved sister in childbirth and the pressure to marry, she decides to renounce the world, with all its dangers, desires and temptations, and to commit herself to a life of prayer and service to God. But as she slowly begins to understand, even the thick, unforgiving walls of her cell cannot keep the outside world away, and it is soon clear that Sarah's body and soul are still in great danger...As a publisher, this novel just stopped me in my tracks - wonderfully intimate and compelling, it tells an absorbing story of faith, desire, shame, fear and the very human need for connection and touch. The Anchoress is both mesmerising and thrillingly unpredictable. Robyn Cadwallader writes: 'Who was she? Why did she choose enclosure? Was she afraid, excited, certain, doubtful? What about her family? And what would this small dark place be like as a home? In my mind, I went inside the cell. What was her experience: bodily, emotionally, spiritually, mentally? She was no longer just a weird idea; she was a woman. Sarah. My anchoress.'
Subject Young women -- England -- Fiction
Monasticism and religious orders for women -- Fiction
Great Britain -- History -- 13th century -- Fiction
Historical fiction.
Shelf Location F CADW
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