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The Mercy Seller

3 Ratings: 3.7
a book by Brenda Rickman Vantrease

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Author: Brenda Rickman Vantrease
Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Date Published: April 2008
2 reviews about The Mercy Seller
review by . December 30, 2010
Faith, hope, and love
The 15th century was a time of religious conflict throughout Europe, with the Church holding out against, then persecuting, the followers of John Wycliffe. It's hard to imagine today the turmoil that surrounded the emerging belief that Christian scripture should be translated into the vernacular, but the Church feared that allowing the laity to read and interpret the Bible would free them from their devotion to the (increasingly corrupt) clergy. Within this maelstrom, author Vantrease continues …
review by . February 02, 2009
The Mercy Seller
The Mercy Seller is a powerful follow-up to Vantrease's The Illuminator. In 15th century Prague, Anna and her grandfather, Finn the Illuminator, make their living translating text for the common people who cannot read Latin. The doctrine of England's John Wycliff and the Lollards has spread across the continent, much to the detriment of the Church. Wycliff and his followers believe the word of God should be accessible to all people without the intercession of priests. Meanwhile, in London, Friar …
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