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The Red Velvet Turnshoe

Cassandra Clark


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December 2009 Indie Next List

“It is the year 1383. Hildegard, a widow who has taken holy vows to preserve her independence, is asked by her abbess to undertake a mission to bring the Cross of Constantine to England. When a dead body is found en route and an innocent lad is accused of murder, Hildegard sets out to clear the boy's name and save him from the gallows. Clark does a brilliant job of recreating Medieval Europe with a wealth of historical detail.”
— Jennie Turner-Collins, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Cincinnati, OH
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In the midst of a long, bleak winter in the year 1383, flooding brought famine, famine brought disease, and The Black Death visited town after town.

Into this watery world, against a background of plague and the turmoil of the Hundred Years’ War, a brave and brilliant nun, Abbess Hildegard, embarks on a quest for a precious relic, the Cross of Constantine.

Strong-willed and independent, she will need remarkable skills to survive. For with the English Crown at stake, there are many who want her mission to fail—and one, above all, who plans a deadly revenge.

Minotaur Books, 9780312537364, 288pp.

Publication Date: November 24, 2009

About the Author

CASSANDRA CLARK, who lives in London, introduced Abbess Hildegard in her acclaimed first novel, "Hangman Blind."