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Book Title: Keeper at the Shrine|
The author of the book: Domini Highsmith
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 960 KB
Edition: St. Martins Press
Date of issue: May 8th 1995
ISBN 13: 9780312131029
Read full description of the books Keeper at the Shrine:On a freezing night in December 1180, a sudden storm of sinister and devastating power strikes the town of Beverley in the see of York. At the tempest's height a mysterious hooded figure brings a newborn child for baptism to the great Minster Church while a crippled priest is healed of his affliction and made young Peter's guardian by the time the figure vanishes. An elderly priest is struck down from behind, a young boy hangs himself in shame, and the sacred shrine of St. John of Beverley is left exposed to the diverse greeds, desires, and failings of common men. His obsessive love for the child sets Father Simeon at odds with his church, and the secular hierarchy is divided against itself in the struggles for control that follow the storm. News of the so-called Beverley Miracles spreads beyond the town as ruthless and dangerous men seek to profit from the tragedy. Soon Father Simeon and Elvira, the beautiful young woman engaged as wet nurse for Peter, become catalysts of treachery, corrupt ambition, and brutal murder. Knowing their own lives are at stake, they prepare to risk everything to protect the mysterious child whose destiny is in their care. Brought together by strange forces, united by a forbidden passion and driven by the secrets they must share, the handsome priest and the ditcher's wife stand fast against their enemies and defy the awesome authority of the church. In the service of St. John of Beverley they shape an uneasy peace in which they must survive ... until the hooded figure reappears.
Read information about the authorDomini Highsmith (1942 - 2003) was a Yorkshire-born Jewish writer who lived alone in the shadow of Beverley Minster in Yorkshire. She began her career writing and broadcasting her comic dialect poetry and stories on local radio in Leeds and Bradford. She has also performed on stage and on national television and radio. She wrote six thrillers under the names of Domini Wiles and also used the pseudonym Amy Van Hassen. Her books include two semi-autobiographical novels about an abused child.
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