Anchoress of Shere is a compelling crime story, set in two different centuries It depicts the story of a beautiful woman, Christine, as she is walled up alive in a church The location is Shere in the County of Surrey, England The historical records, which still exist, put the date at 1329.The twentieth century chronicler of the fate of Christine Carpenter, the Anchore Anchoress of Shere is a compelling crime story, set in two different centuries It depicts the story of a beautiful woman, Christine, as she is walled up alive in a church The location is Shere in the County of Surrey, England The historical records, which still exist, put the date at 1329.The twentieth century chronicler of the fate of Christine Carpenter, the Anchoress of Shere, is a deranged Catholic priest, Father Michael Duval Gradually, two separate sagas unfold the bizarre world of the Middle Ages centred on Christine s entombment, and the abduction of a young woman, Marda Stewart, in Guildford, Surrey, in 1967.In a series of exotic twists the medieval world of knights, debauchery, peasant uprisings and civil war merges into a modern hunt for a serial killer The final piece of the puzzle is discovered in the late 1990s.The tragedy of the anchoress is based upon historical fact, yet it is also an exploration of the most dramatic themes of today the power of belief, sexual freedom, spiritual bondage and the individual search for self fulfillment.Above all, this is a gripping adventure story of a love so obsessive that it spans than six hundred years.
The Anchoress of Shere - ExPaul MoorecraftIn 1329, Christine Carpenter, an actual personage who lived in the village of Shere in the Surrey woodlands, had herself walled up in a church cell to live out her remaining days in prayer and meditation. In our own time, scholars have come to the village to study the legendary "Anchoress of Shere" to try to understand her drastic decision. Among them is Father Michael Duval, whose interest in Christine's story has grown into a psychotic obsession. Duval [...]
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Loved this book and its set in the most beautiful village in the UK ;) Visit the church to see where Christine Carpenter was an anchoress.
Very bizarre book. But okay.In a very small town in England named Shere, a priest has embarked on a mission to chronicle the life of an actual historical figure, Christine Carpenter, known as the Anchoress of Shere. The catch is, that in his version of the story, he makes up a fictional life for her, one of pain and suffering before she "entombs" herself in a small cell adjoining a church where she is never to venture forth into the world again, in order to seek redemption and to become more Chr [...]
11 NOV 2013 -- the Lord of the Manor deserves a fist in the face! Review coming soon.
"c2002. A really unusual read picked up from a charity shop. Courtesy of murder express ""Anchoress begins as a story on two levels. Set in the 1960s, a British Catholic priest, Michael Duval, is writing his fictional biography of a fourteenth century woman named Christine Carpenter who, as a result of trauma induced by sexual abuse, has entered a convent and asked to become a solitary nun. She is granted her wish to become an ""anchoress"" and locked into a small, dark cell where her daily need [...]
Based in rural English town of Shere, a mad priest is consumed with fantasies about a medieval woman (the anchoress) who was entombed in the village church, broke her vows to be with her sister who had suffered under the Lord of the Manor and then was re-entombed. Desiring to re-create the anchoress, the priest begins to write her story as he imagines it. A concurring story of the disappearance of the young Marda Stewart in 1967 is entwined with the story of Christine Carpenter the Anchoress of [...]
I loved this book - murder mystery that leaps from the history books of real anchoresses who walled themselves in churches to pay their lifetime of respect to GOD to a modern day obsessed man who is enthralled with the story of a specific anchoress. It's a pretty easy read along the lines of "thrillers" but i especially appreciated how the story was told and the attention given to the historical aspects with a suspenseful tie in to the future. One of my faves!
This was quite a disturbing book, not just because of the subject matter - a Catholic priest becomes a serial killer in an attempt to create a 'holy woman' in the modern world, emulating a 13th century anchoress - but also in how the female character fared after her ordeal. The story behind the anchoress was interesting, but as it was all imagined by the killer-priest, it isn't a true story. That's a pity, because I'd like to know more about the real anchoress who inspired the book.
Es un libro extraño, pero interesante. La idea de las 'ancoresas' (no se como traducir esto) me parece fascinante y me era absolutamente desconocida. El autor consigue, mezclando el pasado con el presente, una novela que se lee del tirón, sin alardes literarios pero suave y ligera hasta el final.
I did not want to like this book as I don't enjoy violence. But the book, once begun, is worth finishing as it shows that continuing life in the face of horrible occurrences is truly a gift of God.
Not my genre, but an okay story. Slow in some parts
I'm not certain why this book did not appeal to me.The initial premise looked promising.If the concept appeals to you, my suggestion would be to read and see.
Hadn't heard about the practice of walling up religious practitioners. SO that was very interesting.
Very good and interesting.