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Confessions of a Pagan Nun
Confessions of a Pagan Nun Kate Horsley 1570627193 9781570627194 This moving and subtle tale both embodies and confirms the enduring power of language. Gwynneve (Gwi-NEEV) is raised in a village of fishermen and pigkeepers at the height of Irelands t
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Confessions of a Pagan Nun by Kate Horsley

This moving and subtle tale both embodies and confirms the enduring power of language. Gwynneve (Gwi-NEEV) is raised in a village of fishermen and pigkeepers at the height of Irelands transition from Paganism to Christianity. All around her the new doctrines of Patrick and the tonsured men are inexorably driving out the old Druid ways. When Gwynneve loses the two figures she loved the most-her mother succumbing to disease, her outspoken Druid teacher abducted by his enemies-she leaves her village and finally takes refuge in the convent of Saint Brigit. Of her past life and loves she retains only intangibles: her mothers love of nature and independent mind, her teachers gift of literacy and addiction to truth. Clinging to the one constant and comforting force in her life-the power of words, and their offer of immortality to those who set them down-she records her memories surreptitiously, interrupting her assigned tasks of transcribing Patrick and Augustine. But disturbing events from the present keep intervening. Finally, her headstrong ways and growing criticism of the monasterys new abbot lead to the accusation that she consorts with demons. The storys tragic conclusion confirms both Gwynneves fears and her powers: centuries after she and her tormentors sink back into the Irish earth, her words remain to haunt and inspire us.

Author: Kate Horsley

Language: English

Edition: 1st

Binding: Hardcover

Publisher: Shambhala

Publication Date: 2001-07-24

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