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The Widow's Tale

Frazer, Margaret (Book - 2005 )
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Penguin Putnam
Recently widowed and still grieving, Cristiana Helyngton finds her life wrenched apart by her late husband's greedy and ambitious relatives, who are determined to have control of her lands and her daughters. Kidnapped, defamed, and imprisoned in a nunnery, she must find a way to save herself before she can save her children.

For Dame Frevisse of St. Frideswide's nunnery, Cristiana is at first simply a duty among others, but questions rise and troubles deepen--and then turn deadly. Cristiana, to secure her freedom and save her daughters, must use a secret entrusted to her by her husband as he was dying-but it is a secret that could bring down those lords nearest the king and destroy, rather than save, those most dear to her.

Frevisse, drawn into trouble far deeper than she initially imagined, must decide where her deepest loyalties lie: to the truth-or to England's peace. And whatever she chooses, in the end her help may be of little use against the ruthless men threatened by the secret on which all of Cristiana's hopes depend.

Baker & Taylor
Grieving over the death of her husband and falling prey to the machinations of her spouse's greedy relatives, widow Cristiana Helyngton enlists the aid of Dame Frevisse of St. Frideswide's nunnery to help her save herself and her daughters.

Blackwell North Amer
Spring 1449: Lately widowed and still grieving for her husband, Cristiana Helyngton finds her life wrenched apart by her late husband's greedy and ambitious relatives, who are determined to have control of her lands and her daughters. Kidnapped, defamed, and imprisoned in a nunnery, she must find a way to save herself before she can save her children.
For Dame Frevisse of St. Frideswide's nunnery, Cristiana is at first simply a duty among others, a puzzle but nothing more. Then questions rise and troubles deepen and turn deadly. Beyond the holy peace of St. Frideswide's, England is being drawn toward civil war by a struggle between the corrupt men who hold power around the king and those who oppose them. Frevisse's cousin Lady Alice is married to the duke of Suffolk, the man closest to that royal power. Cristiana's brother Sir Gerveys, seeking his vanished sister, is loyal to Suffolk's rival, the duke of York. Cristiana, to secure her freedom and save her daughters, must use a secret entrusted to her by her husband as he was dying - but it is a secret that could bring down those lords nearest the king and destroy, rather than save, those most dear to her.
Drawn into trouble far deeper than it first seemed, Frevisse must decide where her loyalties lie - to her cousin, to the truth - or to England's peace. And whatever she chooses, in the end her help may be of little use against the ruthless men threatened by the secret on which all of Cristiana's hopes depend.

Baker
& Taylor

Grieving over the death of her late husband and falling prey to the machinations of her spouse's greedy and ambitious relatives, widow Cristiana Helyngton enlists the aid of Dame Frevisse of St. Frideswide's nunnery to help her save herself and her daughters, but a dangerous secret could determine the fate of all England.

Authors: Frazer, Margaret
Statement of Responsibility: Margaret Frazer
Title: The widow's tale
Publisher: New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2005, c2004
Characteristics: 266 p. ; 21 cm.
Notes: "A Dame Frevisse medieval mystery"--Cover
Subject Headings: Great Britain History Henry VI, 1422-1461 Fiction
LCCN: 2004048994
ISBN: 0425200183
0425202380
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY F
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