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A New Heaven and a New Earth

St Cuthbert and the Conquest of the North

By Katharine Tiernan
Published by Sacristy Press

£12.99 / $16.50 / €15.11
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Paperback, 308 pages, published October 2020
Book Description

Synopsis: In 1069, William the Conqueror’s brutal reprisal brings untold suffering to the people of Northumbria, and its people are in revolt against their new rulers. Caught between the Northumbrian rebels and their new Norman masters, the Community of Saint Cuthbert at Durham is struggling to survive.

But the mysterious influence of the Saint brings aid from the furthest corners of the kingdom—and from the least likely of his followers:

Thorgot, an Anglo-Norse adventurer from Lincoln on the run from the Normans Edith, the repudiated wife of Durham’s dean Aldwyn, a visionary monk of Winchcombe Extraordinary twists of destiny draw the three together to bring about a new order from the ashes of the old. By the time the foundation stone is laid for a new cathedral at Durham, their lives have changed for ever and the survival of the shrine is assured.

A gripping story of violence, heartbreak and redemption that brings the trilogy of novels about Northumbria’s warrior saint to a dramatic conclusion…

Reviews for A New Heaven and a New Earth

“She has done it again! In the third part of her trilogy Katharine Tiernan casts her net vigorously across a familiar, sweeping landscape which, religiously, historically, geographically – as well as individually for her cast of characters – is ruthlessly challenging.

Her prose is, as usual, lyrical and unpretentious. Research is used convincingly and with the lightest of touches.

The breadth and content of this novel would appear daunting, but Katharine Tiernan takes it on in all its detailed complexity, approaching it with the confidence of a writer who is absolutely at one with her subject.”

Julia Stoneham, Historical Novel Society

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