Margaret of Ashbury

3 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 147 ratings

A Vision of Light Publisher's Summary

The best-selling novel that introduces Margaret of Ashbury and launches a trilogy featuring this irrepressible woman.

Margaret of Ashbury wants to write her life story. However, like most women in 14th-century England, she is illiterate. Three clerics contemptuously decline to be Margaret’s scribe, and only the threat of starvation persuades Brother Gregory, a Carthusian friar with a mysterious past, to take on the task. As she narrates her life, we discover a woman of startling resourcefulness. Married off at the age of 14 to a merchant reputed to be the Devil himself, Margaret was left for dead during the Black Plague. Incredibly, she survived, was apprenticed to an herbalist, and became a midwife. But most astonishing of all, Margaret has experienced a Mystic Union—a Vision of Light that endows her with the miraculous gift of healing. Because of this ability, Margaret has become suddenly different—to her tradition-bound parents, to the bishop’s court that tries her for heresy, and ultimately to the man who falls in love with her.

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  • Book 1

    • A Vision of Light

    • A Margaret of Ashbury Novel, Book 1
    • By: Judith Merkle Riley
    • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
    • Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 77
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 72
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 71

    Margaret of Ashbury wants to write her life story. However, like most women in 14th-century England, she is illiterate. Three clerics contemptuously decline to be Margaret’s scribe, and only the threat of starvation persuades Brother Gregory, a Carthusian friar with a mysterious past, to take on the task. As she narrates her life, we discover a woman of startling resourcefulness.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Medieval Feminism at its Best

    • By Gayle on 07-27-13

    Regular price: $26.60

  • Book 2

    • In Pursuit of the Green Lion

    • A Margaret of Ashbury Novel, Book 2
    • By: Judith Merkle Riley
    • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
    • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34

    Margaret, a resourceful midwife, is living with the insufferable relatives of her third husband, Gilbert de Vilers, known as Gregory. She is carving out a life for herself and her daughters despite the hostility and greed of her in-laws. But when Gregory is captured in France and held for ransom, Margaret knows she must take action - her in-laws are too tight with money to be of any use - so she teams up with her old friends Mother Hilde, the herbalist, and Brother Malachi, an alchemist on a quest for the secret of changing base metals into gold.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The miracles continue....

    • By Margaret on 07-11-13

    Regular price: $26.60

  • Book 3

    • The Water Devil

    • A Margaret of Ashbury Novel, Book 3
    • By: Judith Merkle Riley
    • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
    • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31

    Margaret of Ashbury is ready to settle down; the medieval healer is looking forward to an uneventful life in the country. And, indeed, life with her true love and a brood of rambunctious children is nearly perfect—except for her husband Gregory’s ever-meddling family. Finding himself deep in debt once again, Gregory’s father has plotted to sell Margaret’s daughter off in marriage to save his woodlands from a greedy abbot.

    Regular price: $19.95