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Bones You Have Cast Down, by Jean Huets

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“Enchanting and richly historical, as well as dazzling and dark, heart-wrenching and intoxicating.”  — Stuart R. Kaplan, author of The Encyclopedia of Tarot

Inspired by a true story, 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 revered to this day.

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, worshipped 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 Inquisition is on the hunt for the saint and her followers.

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.

“Jean Huets’ riveting account suggests the amazing charisma that both Guglielma and Maifreda must have had to attract such devotion, and at such a cost. I will certainly recommend it to my friends.” — Barbara Newman, Professor of English, Religious Studies, and Classics at Northwestern University and author of From Virile Woman to WomanChrist

About the author

2017-07-15 11.26.34 JH-sm_jhcom_edited-1Jean Huets is co-author with Stuart R. Kaplan of The Encyclopedia of Tarot and author of The Cosmic Tarot book, illustrated by German visionary artist Norbert Lösche. As editor at U.S. Games Systems, she oversaw the publication of Brian Williams’ Renaissance Tarot deck and book, Luigi Scapini’s Medieval Tarot, a facsimile edition of the circa 1450 Visconti-Sforza Tarocchi, and many other tarot decks and books. Her writing on the American Civil War era has appeared in The New York Times and Civil War Monitor. Her interactive book With Walt Whitman: Himself was acclaimed by Whitman scholar Ed Folsom as “a true Whitmanian feast.” She is co-founder of Circling Rivers press.

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gertrude m books, an imprint of CIRCLING RIVERS
978-1-939530-92-9 (paper) | 978-1-939530-95-0 (ebook)
FIC014000 FICTION / Historical
YAF024050 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Historical / Europe


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gertrude m books

gertrude m books is named in honor of Gertrude Moakley (1905–1998), author of The Tarot Cards Painted by Bonifacio Bembo for the Visconti-Sforza Family: An Historical and Iconographic Study (New York, 1966). With degrees from Barnard College and Columbia School of Library Science, Moakley enjoyed forty years with the New York City Public Library. Her appreciation of tarot as fine art infused her scholarly work and continues to inspire lovers of the artwork and history of the tarot.

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