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The Innocent

by Bertrice Small

Random House Publishing Group | April 3, 2001 | Mass Market Paperbound

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Eleanore of Ashlin had promised her life to God--until fate intervened. With her brother''s untimely death, Eleanore becomes the heiress of an estate vital to England''s defenses. Now she is ordered by royal command to wed one of the king''s knights rather than take her final vows. With resistant heart, but ever obedient to King Stephen''s will, she complies.

Ranulf de Glandeville is all too aware that his innocent bride wants no man; yet his patience, gentle hand, and growing love for his spirited young wife soon awaken Eleanore to passions she never knew. But their love will soon be threatened by a depraved woman who will put Eleanore''s life in jeopardy--and the young bride''s love to its greatest test. . . .

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 416 pages, 6.9 × 4.2 × 1.05 in

Published: April 3, 2001

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0449006727

ISBN - 13: 9780449006726

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The Innocent

by Bertrice Small

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 416 pages, 6.9 × 4.2 × 1.05 in

Published: April 3, 2001

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0449006727

ISBN - 13: 9780449006726

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Chapter 1 The Novice England 1152 St. Frideswide’s Convent sat atop a hillock with a fine view of the surrounding countryside of Hereford, and across the hills into Wales. Its high stone walls enclosed themselves about a quadrangle on the south side of which was a church. From the church four sheltered walks went around the quadrangle connecting with the refectory, where the nuns and their female guests ate, the chapter house, where they met guests or did the business of the house, and the dormitories. There were special places for the students and nuns to study, and a kitchen, a bakery, a brewery. St. Frideswide’s, though small, had a storehouse, a barn for its farm animals, a henhouse and dovecote, not to mention an infirmary to treat the sick, several workshops for metalwork and illuminating manuscripts, and an herbarium. Within the convent each day was carefully ordered. At midnight, Matins, the first holy office of the day was said, followed shortly thereafter by Lauds. The nuns would then go to their sleeping quarters. Prime was said at six during the summer months, and seven in the dark months of winter. It was then that the young girls in the convent’s charge joined the nuns for the first Mass, which was followed by a breakfast of oat porridge, a slice of buttered bread, and a small cup of cider, or ale for the nuns. The children then returned to their dormitory to make their beds and sweep the rooms. They emptied the common night jar, and opened the
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Eleanore of Ashlin had promised her life to God--until fate intervened. With her brother''s untimely death, Eleanore becomes the heiress of an estate vital to England''s defenses. Now she is ordered by royal command to wed one of the king''s knights rather than take her final vows. With resistant heart, but ever obedient to King Stephen''s will, she complies.

Ranulf de Glandeville is all too aware that his innocent bride wants no man; yet his patience, gentle hand, and growing love for his spirited young wife soon awaken Eleanore to passions she never knew. But their love will soon be threatened by a depraved woman who will put Eleanore''s life in jeopardy--and the young bride''s love to its greatest test. . . .

About the Author

Bertrice Small lives on the North Fork of the eastern end of Long Island, where she writes her novels in a light-filled studio surrounded by her cover paintings and many mementos of the romance genre.  Married for more than three decades to her husband, George, she is the mother of Thomas, mother-in-law of Megan, and grandmother of Chandler David Small. Longtime readers will be happy to know that Nicky, the charming cockatiel, and Sebastian, the tiny greige-and-white cat, remain her dearest companions. Many will be saddened to learn of the passing of Checquers, Ms. Small''s beloved black-and-white cat with the pink ears, who at the age of fifteen has joined her ancestors. Tired of being the lone female in the household, Bertrice has adopted an orange-and-white lady cat, Honey Bun.
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