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A Vision of Light: A Margaret of Ashbury Novel Paperback – May 23, 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
In this bouncy first novel, 14th-century Englishwoman Margaret of Ashbury heeds a "voice" commanding her to compose her colorful life story. "The minor characters are stiff and the dialogue is stilted at times," said PW , "but details of clothing, crafts and interiors, as well as period scenes peopled with robbers, flagellants and strolling players, are well realized."
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From School Library Journal
YA-- An appealing novel about Margaret of Ashbury, a 14th-century Englishwoman, who is inspired in a "vision of light" to write her memoirs and tell a woman's story. Unable to write, she hires Brother Gregory to record her memories. He is contemptuous of her ambition, but hungry enough to accept her offer. Riley's ingenious plot then alternates between Margaret's and Gregory's clashes in their present and her telling of her past. The story is fast paced, and the medieval setting is authentically portrayed, whether Riley is describing life on London Bridge, alchemy, or the Black Death. The touch is light, and the characters are charming. Margaret's refusal to accept the place to which her society condemns her rings as true in our century as it does in hers. --Sharon Mathieu, St. Cecilia's School, Houston
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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The protagonist is very likeable and one wants to plunge right into the sequel after the cliffhanger ending.
The setting and storyline gives an intriguing glimpse of 15th century England when men, religion and superstition ruled, and women's roles were curtailed to mostly that of a wife and a mother. In contrast, Margaret has an inquisitive mind and the benefit of support and guidance from, first, a benevolent stepmother, and others, as the story unfolds.
The author's writing style is engaging and humorous throughout, and in spite of the tragedies and peril, Margaret, and the reader, does not lose hope that somehow, all will work out in the end.
I especially enjoyed the book as her heroine takes up the trade of midwifery and herbalism, a subject close to my heart.
Can't wait to read the next one in the series! She's made a new convert. I'm totally smitten!
JMR mixes the culture, society, and chaos of the Middle Ages with the life story of an intelligent, resourceful, and witty woman in a way that simply rings true. A Vision of Light is charming without being insubstantial, humorous without being trite, and multitextured without skimming over anything important.
My only criticism of this book is that it's one of just a handful - for reasons passing understanding, JMR has never achieved superstar/bestseller status, and her last novel was published almost seven years ago. I hope the appearance of this new softcover version of Vision is a promising sign that there's more to come. I guess all of JMR's fans will just have to wait and see.
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time, 1700 to 1800 I think.Read more