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  • 0 of 1 copy available at Janet Carlson Calvert Library.

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Janet Carlson Calvert Library - Franklin F GRO (Text to phone) 33345000336156 Adult New Fiction Checked out 12/11/2021

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  • ISBN: 1594634491
  • ISBN: 9781594634499
  • ISBN: 9781594634499 : HRD
  • ISBN: 1594634491 : HRD
  • ISBN: 9781594634499
  • ISBN: 1594634491
  • Physical Description: 260 pages ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2021]

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"Cast out of the royal court by Eleanor of Aquitaine, deemed too coarse and rough-hewn for marriage or courtly life, seventeen-year-old Marie de France is sent to England to be the new prioress of an impoverished abbey, its nuns on the brink of starvation and beset by disease. At first taken aback by the severity of her new life, Marie finds focus and love in collective life with her singular and mercurial sisters. In this crucible, Marie steadily supplants her desire for family, for her homeland, for the passions of her youth with something new to her: devotion to her sisters, and a conviction in her own divine visions. Marie, born the last in a long line of women warriors and crusaders, is determined to chart a bold new course for the women she now leads and protects. But in a world that is shifting and corroding in frightening ways, one that can never reconcile itself with her existence, will the sheer force of Marie's vision be bulwark enough?"--Provided by publisher.
Subject: Marie, de France, active 12th century > Fiction.
Nuns > Fiction.
Faith > Fiction.
Visions > Fiction.
Genre: Historical fiction.

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Matrix : A Novel
Matrix : A Novel
by Groff, Lauren
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Groff (Florida) fashions a boldly original narrative based on the life and legend of 12th-century poet Marie de France. After Marie is banished to a poverty-stricken British abbey by Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine at age 17 in 1158, she transforms from a reluctant prioress into an avid abbess. With the rhythm of days and nights regulated by the canonical hours from Lauds to Prime, from Compline to bed, Marie reshapes the claustrophobic community into a "self-sufficient... island of women," where "a woman's power exists only as far as she is allowed." To that end, she confesses a series of 19 beatific visions that guide her in designing an impenetrable underground labyrinth as a secret passageway to the convent, building separate abbess quarters, establishing a scriptorium, and constructing a woman-made lake and dam to insure a constant water supply. Groff fills the novel with friendships among the nuns, inspirational apparitions, and writings empowered by divine inspiration. Transcendent prose and vividly described settings bring to life historic events, from the Crusades to the papal interdict of 1208. Groff has outdone herself with an accomplishment as radiant as Marie's visions. Agent: Bill Clegg, the Clegg Agency. (Sept.)

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Matrix : A Novel
Matrix : A Novel
by Groff, Lauren
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In the twelfth century, former child crusader and "bastardess heir to the crown" of France and England, "poor illegitimate Marie from nowhere in Le Maine," at age 17 arrives at the crumbling, dismal abbey where she will live, and which she will transform completely, during the many remaining years of her life. Considered unmarriageable for her great height and lack of beauty, and an overall burden, Marie was sent to save the abbey by Queen Eleanor, who prides herself on the brilliant move despite Marie's strong resistance to it. As Marie, who knows her own greatness, softens to her new surroundings, readers learn the goings-on of the abbey and its environs and get to know the nuns. When, decades later, Marie ascends to abbess, the sisters become her daughters, who respond with fear and inspiration to Marie's increasingly ambitious building plans for the abbey based on her visions of the Virgin Mary. Splendid with rich description and period vocabulary, this courageous and spine-tingling novel shows an incredible range for Groff (Florida, 2018), and will envelop readers fully in Marie's world, interior and exterior, all senses lit up. It is both a complete departure and an easy-to-envision tale of faith, power, and temptation. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Fans have been prepped for Groff's first novel since the mega-best-selling Fates and Furies (2015).


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