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The Resource Sacred hearts, Sarah Dunant

Sacred hearts, Sarah Dunant

Label
Sacred hearts
Title
Sacred hearts
Statement of responsibility
Sarah Dunant
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The year is 1570, and in the convent of Santa Caterina in the Italian city of Ferrara noble women find space to pursue their lives under God's protection. But any community, however smoothly run, suffers tremors when it takes in someone by force. And the arrival of Santa Caterina's new novice sets in motion a chain of events that will shake the convent to its core. The sixteen-year-old daughter of a noble family from Milan, Serafina is willful, emotional, sharp, and defiant-young enough to have a life to look forward to and old enough to know when that life is being cut short. Her first night inside the walls is spent in an incandescent rage so violent that the dispensary mistress, Suora Zuana, is dispatched to the girl's cell to sedate her. Thus begins a complex relationship of trust and betrayal between the young rebel and the clever, scholarly nun, who is old enough to be Serafina's mother. As Serafina rails against her incarceration, others are drawn into the drama: the ancient, mysterious Suora Magdalena-with her history of visions and ecstasies-locked in her cell; the ferociously devout novice mistress Suora Umiliana, who comes to see in the postulant a way to extend her influence; and, watching it all, the abbess, Madonna Chiara, a woman as fluent in politics as she is in prayer. As disorder and rebellion mount, it is the abbess's job to keep the convent stable while, outside its walls, the dictates of the Counter
Summary
1570 in the Italian city of Ferrara. Sixteen-year-old Serafina is ripped by her family from an illicit love affair and forced into the convent of Santa Caterina, renowned for its superb music. Serafina's one weapon is her glorious voice, but she refuses to sing. Madonna Chiara, an abbess as fluent in politics as she is in prayer, finds her new charge has unleased a power play rebellion, ecstasies and hysterias within the convent. However, watching over Serafina is Zuana, the sister in charge of the infirmary, who understands and might even challenge her incarceration.
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Tone
Writing style
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321102
Cataloging source
VALP
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Dunant, Sarah
Dewey number
823.914
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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True
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  • Nuns
  • Convents
  • Women
  • Ferrara (Italy)
Target audience
adult
Label
Sacred hearts, Sarah Dunant
Instantiates
Publication
Control code
000044481445
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
Large print ed.
Extent
651 p. (large print)
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9780739326077
Label
Sacred hearts, Sarah Dunant
Publication
Control code
000044481445
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
Large print ed.
Extent
651 p. (large print)
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9780739326077

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