Book One in The Cross and the Crown series
The Altarpiece introduces Catherine Havens, a young nun who is about to be evicted by Henry VIII’s officers. She believes that she loves her life in the church, but when the soldiers arrive, she discovers that the convent is not as pure as she has always thought.
When the altarpiece is stolen, Catherine is certain that the king’s men are the culprits. After all, they are the source of all crime in England. Or are they? When the sexton is murdered in the high road, and brother turns against brother, Catherine searches for the truth, meaning to save her sisters from Henry VIII. What she discovers, however, brings her investigations much closer to home.
Catherine Havens has a long way to go yet! The Altarpiece covers one summer in 1535, but Henry has only begun to change England . . . and his children will carry on the task in future volumes in The Cross and the Crown series. Catherine once had hopes for a life at court, and with the convents gone, she will have her chance. After all, Henry’s two royal daughters may need her skills. But one is Roman Catholic, the other Protestant, and Catherine’s future may lie in which one she chooses to serve.
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