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In fourteenth century England, Margret of Ashbury, wife of a wealthy man, decides that she wants to tell the story of her life. As she cannot read or write, Margret hires a monk, Brother Gregory to write her memoirs for her as she dictates. Gregory thinks that this is the whim of a wealthy woman, but he accepts the job because he needs the money.
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Margret begins the story of her life, describing her childhood in a small village, her marriage to a violent and brutal man,and her escape from him. After battling the plague Margret meets a midwife in needs of an assistant, and she discovers that she has a remarkable power for healing.The church thinks that Margret's methods of healing, and delivering babies in particular are bad. She is tried as a witch and forbidden to practice her skill.

Eventually, Margret remarries, this time an older wealthy man, who is more a friend and father than a husband. Soon after her narrative is finished her husband dies, and his children from his first marriage invade Margret's life with a dispute about inheritence. Meanwhile, Gregory's wealthy family come in pursuit of him and he and Margret must join together to face the challenges ahead.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   very sensitive (sigh) Time/era of story    -   1600-1899 Life of a profession:    -   doctor Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Job/Profession/Status story    -   Yes Religion theme?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   doctor Ethnicity/Nationality    -   British


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   5 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   impregnation/reproduction Weird Victorian/Shakespearean English?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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