The butcher's daughter / Victoria Glendinning.
- New York ; London : Overlook Duckworth, 2018.
327 pages ; 24 cm
- Great Britain -- History -- Henry VIII, 1509-1547 -- Fiction.
Young women -- England -- Fiction.
Ex-nuns -- England -- Fiction.
Nuns -- England -- Fiction.
Monasticism and religious orders for women -- England -- Fiction.
Convents -- England -- Fiction.
Reformation -- England -- Fiction.
Monasticism and religious orders for women.
- Local subjects:
- Nuns -- Fiction. (search)
Great Britain -- History -- Henry VIII, 1509-1547 -- Fiction. (search)
Abbeys -- Fiction. (search)
Reformation -- England -- Fiction. (search)
- Historical fiction.
- "The atmospheric novel set during the Tudor era of a young woman's struggle to define herself in a world of uncertainty, intrigue, and danger in a period of great upheaval In 1535, England is hardly a wellspring of gender equality; it is a grim and oppressive age where women--even the privileged few who can read and write--have little independence. In The Butcher's Daughter, it is this milieu that mandates Agnes Peppin, daughter of a simple country butcher, to leave her family home in disgrace and live out her days cloistered behind the walls of the Shaftesbury Abbey. But with her great intellect, she becomes the assistant to the Abbess and as a result integrates herself into the unstable royal landscape of King Henry VIII. As Agnes grapples with the complex rules and hierarchies of her new life, King Henry VIII has proclaimed himself the new head of the Church. Religious houses are being formally subjugated and monasteries dissolved, and the great Abbey is no exception to the purge. The cosseted world in which Agnes has carved out for herself a sliver of liberty is shattered. Now, free at last to be the master of her own fate, she descends into a world she knows little about, using her wits and testing her moral convictions against her need to survive by any means necessary... The Butcher's Daughter is the riveting story of a young woman facing head-on the obstacles carefully constructed against her sex. This dark and affecting novel intricately depicts the lives of women in the sixteenth century in a world dominated by men"-- Book jacket.
England, 1535. Women-- even the privileged few who can read and write-- have little independence. Agnes Peppin, daughter of a butcher, left her family in disgrace and is living out her days behind the walls of the Shaftesbury Abbey. As assistant to the Abbess she becomes integrated into the unstable royal landscape of King Henry VIII. As he proclaims himself the new head of the Church, religious houses are being subjugated; the Abbey is no exception. Free to be the master of her own fate, Agnes must use her wits and test her moral convictions against her need to survive by any means necessary. -- adapted from jacket
- Local notes:
- Acquired for the Penn Libraries with assistance from the Class of 1924 Book Fund.
- Class of 1924 Book Fund.
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