Pargeting is a highly skilled trade. And Pargeters is the name given to the Suffolk home of John Mercer in honour of Adam Woodley, the craftsman who had decorated it so lovingly.
Over two generations, and throughout the turbulent years of the Civil War, Pargeters comes to stand as a symbol of unity for a household divided by conflicting political loyalties and abandoned by its menfolk. And it is the mistress of Pargeters, Sarah Woodley-Mercer - a woman of unflinching courage and quiet strength - who holds the small household together in this troubled time, battling against all odds to secure the home she loves and will not readily give up...
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Norah Lofts was one of the best-known and best-loved of all historical novelists and many of her books remain in print today. Anne Boleyn is one of her rare - yet highly successful - forays into non-fiction and displays her trademark application of authentic period detail to a gripping narrative. Her fictionalised account of Anne Boleyn's life, The Concubine, was a huge bestseller in the UK and US. Lofts wrote more than fifty books.From Publishers Weekly:
Lofts's final work bears the storyteller's signet that distinguished her more than 40 novels. A very special house is the centerpiece of this historical narrative that begins in 17th century England when Adam Woodley, a skilled pargeter (plasterer), has a house named in honor of his craft. His one-sided marriage to the daughter of Pargeter's owner begins the line of men and women who, through the Civil War between Royalists and Roundheads, tried to hold on to the beloved property. It is Adam's daughter Sarah who ultimately survives, enduring a loveless marriage to save her heritage when it is sequestered in the postwar spoils. In the unfolding of Sarah's struggle for the restoration of Partegers, Lofts takes the reader into a turbulent period as the effects of war, Puritanism and local brutalities tear at the fiber of doughty Anglians. January 3
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Book Description ISIS, 2010. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110753185601
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