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Keeper at the Shrine

Highsmith, Domini

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ISBN 10: 031213102X / ISBN 13: 9780312131029
Published by St Martins Pr
Used Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Title: Keeper at the Shrine

Publisher: St Martins Pr

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st Edition

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Healed of a crippling affliction during a storm in 1180, Father Simeon of England risks everything to protect a child given to him by a mysterious hooded figure from the cruel designs of his fellow clergy

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Billed as a medieval mystery, Highsmith's (Leonora) saga dwells more on the melodramatic and supernatural than on the murder that occurs. During a fierce storm in 1180, a hooded figure enters the town of Beverley, England, and, inside the Minster Church, cures Simeon, a lame priest, of his affliction while giving him charge of a newborn baby, Peter. At the same time, Father Bernard, hiding from the storm, is killed by Father Cyrus, who covets Bernard's position. After the storm, news of Simon's healing and the baby's appearance spreads, alerting the rapacious clergy who see in Simeon and Peter a threat to their positions. Both Cyrus and the equally power-mad Father Wulfric try to discredit the miracles, suggesting the child is Simeon's. As the town cleans up, Bernard's body is found and murder suspected, prompting Cyrus and Wulfric to continue plotting against saintly Simeon. One-dimensional characters and a lack of suspense mark this lengthy tale as historical melodrama rather than mystery.
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