The Corner That Held Them

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The Corner That Held Them

By Sylvia Townsend Warner; Claire Harman (Introduction by)

Virago Press (UK), Paperback, 9780860688785, 310pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 1993

Description
In memory of the wife who had once dishonored and always despised him, Brian de Retteville founded a 12th-century convent in Norfolk. Two centuries later, the Benedictine community is well established there and, as befits a convent whose origin had such ironic beginnings, the inhabitants are prey to the ambitions, squabbles, jealousies, and pleasures of less spiritual environments. An outbreak of the Black Death, the collapse of the convent spire, the Bishop's visitation, and a nun's disappearance are interwoven with the everyday life of the nuns, novices, and prioresses in this marvelous imagined history of a 14th-century nunnery.