The Anchoress by Robyn CadwalladerThe Anchoress by Robyn Cadwallader

The Anchoress

byRobyn Cadwallader

Paperback | May 24, 2016

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England, 1255: Sarah is only seventeen when she chooses to become an anchoress, a holy woman shut away in a small cell, measuring seven paces by nine, at the side of the village church. Fleeing the grief of losing a much-loved sister in childbirth and the pressure to marry, she decides to renounce the world, with all its dangers, desires and temptations, and to commit herself to a life of prayer and service to God. But as she slowly begins to understand, even the thick, unforgiving walls of her cell cannot keep the outside world away, and it is soon clear that Sarah's body and soul are still in great danger...

Robyn Cadwallader's powerful debut novel tells an absorbing story of faith, desire, shame, fear and the very human need for connection and touch. With a poetic intelligence, Cadwallader explores the relationship between the mind, body and spirit in Medieval England in a story that will hold the reader in a spell until the very last page.

Robyn Cadwallader has published numerous, prize-winning short stories, poems and reviews, as well as a book of poetry and a non-fiction book based on her PhD thesis which explored attitudes to virginity and female agency in the Middle Ages. She lives among vineyards outside Canberra when not travelling to England for research, visiting...
Title:The AnchoressFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 7.79 × 5.1 × 0.79 inPublished:May 24, 2016Publisher:Faber & Faber AgencyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0571313345

ISBN - 13:9780571313341

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant! I loved this's very well written, and Sarah is definitely an intriguing protagonist. I've been recommending it to so many people!
Date published: 2017-10-23