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Glory. Beauty. Greed. War. A powerful holy woman.... The Inquisition.
In 1447, Taria is swept from a convent orphanage into the glittering retinue of the duchess of Milan. Lowborn in a highborn circle, she has never felt so alone. Then a small, mysterious painting of a female pope carries her back 150 years to the joyous circle of a holy woman, revered in her time, mysteriously obscure in Taria's time.
The duchess believes the journey is only a vision, yet she orders Taria to learn more. Reviving the holy woman's fame could bring badly needed prestige to the noble family. But Taria conceals a devastating revelation: the saint and her followers are hunted by the Inquisition.
As jealousy wrecks her romance and poisons her closest friendship, Taria shuns the present and embraces the holy woman's circle as the family she has always craved. And the Inquisition closes in.
Inspired by the true story of the Popess tarot card, The Bones You Have Cast Down will transport you to a medieval village and a lush Renaissance court, to long ago times not unlike our own, when the keepers of faith conspired against the faithful, and the rich and powerful embraced war and corruption even while fostering works of artistic brilliance that are revered to this day.
PRAISE for THE BONES YOU HAVE CAST DOWN:
The Bones You Have Cast Down transported me to Italy at the dawn of the Renaissance, and into the heart of a young woman who's deceptively quiet, extraordinarily spirited. From the hand-painted tarot cards to lavish festivities set amidst the misery of war, from cathedrals to village churches, Jean Huets brings alive this paradoxical time. The Bones You Have Cast Down is enchanting and richly historical, as well as dazzling and dark, heart-wrenching and intoxicating. -- Stuart R. Kaplan, author of The Encyclopedia of Tarot
A well written book with an intriguing story and an element of magic. Adults and teens alike will be drawn to this historical novel. -- Cary Meltzer Frostick, reviewer for School Library Journal and Youth Services librarian
A storytelling treasure. Huets transports the reader into the mind of a young fifteenth century Italian with all the assurance and intimacy which one expects of a modern bard. The sights, smells, feel of Renaissance Italy seep from every pore of the story. The Inquisition lurks in the shadows. Speculative elements are deftly melded into the mix.... Thought provoking as well as entertaining. -- Ron Andre, A Matter of Fancy