The Corner That Held Them (Paperback)

By Sylvia Townsend Warner

Virago Press (UK), 9781844088041, 416pp.

Publication Date: March 1, 2012



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.

About the Author

Sylvia Townsend Warner (1893-1978)published seven novels, four volumes of poetry, a volume of essays, and eight volumes of short stories. She lived most of her adult life with her close companion Valentine Ackland in Dorset and Norfolk."