The Illuminator

Version: Abridged
Author: Brenda Rickman Vantrease
Narrator: Simon Jones
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Historical Fiction
Publisher: Audio Renaissance
Published In: March 2005
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 6 hours
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A glowing first novel that brings us "historical fiction in the grand epic manner, beautifully felt and written".
It is England, in the fourteenth century--a time of plague, political unrest and the earliest stirrings of the Reformation. The printing press had yet to be invented, and books were rare and costly, painstakingly lettered by hand and illuminated with exquisite paintings. Finn is a master illuminator who works not only for the Church but also, in secret, for John Wycliffe of Oxford, who professes the radical idea that the Bible should be translated into English for everyone to read. Finn has another secret as well, one that leads him into danger when he meets Lady Kathryn of Blackingham Manor, a widow struggling to protect her inheritance from the depredations of Church and Crown alike. Finn's alliance with Lady Kathryn will take us to the heart of what
Barbara Tuchman once called "the calamitous fourteenth century." Richly detailed and irresistibly compelling, The Illuminator is a glorious story of love, art, religion, and treachery at an extraordinary turning point in history.

Reviews (1)


Written by Anonymous on March 14th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I found this book to be ok. I think the abridged versions of books always miss something in the translation and this is no exception. I also found the book predictable.

Author Details

Author Details

Vantrease, Brenda Rickman

Brenda Rickman Vantrease is a former English teacher and librarian who has traveled extensively in Europe and lives in Nashville, Tennessee. Her first novel, "The Illuminator," was translated into fifteen languages and chosen as a Book Sense 2006--2007 Reading Group Pick.