Victoria Glendinning (More Titles by Victoria Glendinning)
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It is 1535 and Agnes Peppin, daughter of a West Country butcher, is banished from her family home. Forced to abandon her new-born child, she is meant to live out her days cloistered behind the walls of Shaftesbury Abbey. But King Henry VIII has proclaimed himself the new head of the Church. Religious houses are being suppressed and the great Abbey is no exception to the purge. Free to be the master of her own fate, Agnes descends into a world she knows little about, using her wits and testing her moral convictions against her need to survive by any means necessary...