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The Chaliceby Nancy Bilyeau
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What would you sacrifice to protect your way of life? In the sixteenth century, a young nun risks everything to defy the most powerful authorities, fulfill a prophecy, and preserve the future of Christendom.
In 1538, England’s bloody power struggle between crown and cross threatens to tear the country apart. Joanna Stafford, an aristocratic nun, has tasted the wrath of the royal court when her rebel cousin was burned at the stake and father brutally tortured in the Tower of London. Having seen what lies within the king’s torture rooms, Joanna just barely escaped death at the hands of those desperate to possess the power of an ancient relic.
Even with all that she has experienced, the quiet life is not for Joanna. Despite the possibilities of arrest and imprisonment, she becomes caught up in a shadowy international plot targeting Henry VIII himself. As the power plays turn vicious, Joanna realizes her role is more critical than she’d ever imagined. She must choose between those she loves most and fulfilling a prophecy foretold by three seers. Repelled by violence, Joanna seizes a future with a man who loves her. But no matter how hard she tries, she cannot escape her sinister destiny. To learn the final piece of the prophecy, she flees across Europe with a corrupt spy sent by Spain. As she completes the puzzle in the dungeon of a twelfth-century fortress, Joanna realizes the life of Henry VIII as well as the future of Christendom are in her hands…
The sequel to The Crown, which was praised as “an engrossing thriller” by Entertainment Weekly, The Chalice is no less rich in historical detail and suspense. Fans of historical fiction as well as mysteries will revel in this engrossing tale of love, conspiracy, intrigue, and adventure.
BETWEEN THE CROWN AND THE CROSS STANDS ONE WOMAN
IN 1538, ENGLAND is in the midst of bloody power struggles that threaten to tear the country apart. Aristocrat-turned-novice Joanna Stafford knows what lies inside the king’s torture rooms and risks imprisonment when she is caught up in an international plot targeting the king. As the power plays turn vicious, Joanna understands she may have to assume her role in a prophecy foretold by three different seers.
Joanna realizes the life of Henry VIII, as well as the future of Christendom, are in her hands—hands that must someday hold the chalice that lies at the center of these deadly prophecies. . . .
About the Author
Nancy Bilyeau, author of The Crown and The Chalice, is a writer and magazine editor who has worked on the staffs of InStyle, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, and Good Housekeeping. She is currently the executive editor of Du Jour magazine. A native of the Midwest, she lives in New York City with her husband and two children. Visit her website at NancyBilyeau.com.
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