About the Book

Reissue of Philippa Gregory's disturbing novel of passion and betrayal in Tudor England.

A haunting story of a woman's desire in a time of turbulence.

Alys joins the nunnery to escape hardship and poverty but finds herself thrown back into the outside world when Henry VIII's wreckers destroy her sanctuary. With nothing to support her but her looks, her magic and her own instinctive cunning, Alys has to tread a perilous path between the faith of her childhood and her own female power.

When she falls in love with Hugo, the feudal lord and another woman's husband, she dips into witchcraft to defeat her rival and to win her lover, but finds – as her cynical old foster-mother had advised – that magic makes a poor servant but a dominant master. Since heresy against the new church means the stake, and witchcraft the rope, Alys's danger is mortal. A woman's powers are no longer safe to use…

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780006514640
  • ISBN 10: 0006514642
  • Imprint: HarperCollins - GB
  • On Sale: 02/04/2002
  • Pages: 640
  • List Price: 19.99 AUD
  • BISAC1: Fiction & related items / Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)


Philippa Gregory is an internationally renowned author of many bestselling novels.  Works that have been adapted for television and film include <i>A Respectable Trade</i>, <i>The Other Boleyn Girl</i> and <i>The Queen's Fool</i>. Philippa founded the charity: <i>Gardens for the Gambia</i> over twenty years ago which has raised funds and paid for over 200 wells in the primary schools of this African country.Philippa Gregory lives with her family on a small farm in Yorkshire.

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