Special Spotlight On. . .The Miracle at St. Bruno’s by Philippa Carr



The last Wednesday of every month — except October and November — will feature a a book from the Daughters of England series by Philippa Carr.  Besides Goodreads and Fantastic Fiction, the source for some of the book covers is Eleanor Alice Burford Hibbert (aka Jean Plaidy, Victoria Holt, Philippa Carr), a very useful fan site.  Included on the site is a nifty family tree on the bottom of the page.  Consider it a SPOILER for the series.

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As I mentioned in my launch post for the Daughters of England Reading Challenge, I’ve recently got the urge to re-read this series — in order this time. I can’t remember the first time I read The Miracle at St. Bruno’s, but I do know it was not the first book I read of the series.

The story starts off during the reign of Henry VIII. Damask, the main character, grows up and watches as her safe and happy life is changed by events: Henry’s divorce from Katherine and the break with Rome; the rise and fall of Anne Boleyn; the reign of Edward; Mary and the Inquisition, and finally — on the death of Mary, Elizabeth’s ascension to the throne.

My edition of the book has the same cover as depicted below. It is a 1976 reissue. For some reason, Goodreads has the original copyright date as 1974; however, the original publication date is 1972, according to my copy of the book and other sources like Fantastic Fiction and Amazon.

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The Miracle at St. Bruno's

The Miracle at St. Bruno’s (Philippa Carr)

Title: The Miracle at St. Bruno’s
Author: Philippa Car
Series: Daughters of England #1
Published: 1972
Genre: Historical Romance, Historical Fiction

From Goodreads: “I was born in the September of 1523, nine months after the monks had discovered the child in the crib on that Christmas morning. My birth was, my father used to say, another miracle: He was not young at the time being forty years of age. . .My mother, whose great pleasure was tending her gardens, called me Damask, after the rose which Dr. Linacre, the King’s physician, had brought into England that year.”
Thus begins the story narrated by Damask Farland, daughter of a well-to-do lawyer whose considerable lands adjoin those of St. Bruno’s Abbey. It is a story of a life inextricably enmashed with that of Bruno, the mysterious child found on the abbey altar that Christmas morning and raised by the monks to become a man at once handsome and saintly, but also brooding and ominous, tortured by the secret of his origin which looms ever more menacingly over the huge abbey he comes to dominate.

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