- Historical Fiction
The dark and beautifully crafted historical novel by an award-winning author.
"We are, all of us, princes and peasants, alone in this world."
The Butcher’s Daughter is the richly atmospheric story of a young woman’s struggle to define herself in a world of uncertainty, intrigue and danger in a period of great upheaval during the Tudor era.
It is 1535 and Agnes Peppin, daughter of a West Country butcher, leaves her family home in disgrace. Banished and forced to abandon her new-born infant, she is meant to live out her days cloistered behind the walls of the Shaftesbury Abbey. But as Agnes grapples with the complex rules and hierarchies of her new life, King Henry VIII has proclaimed himself the new head of the Church. Religious houses are being formally suppressed and the great Abbey is no exception to the purge.
Free at last to be the master of her own fate, Agnes descends into a world she knows little about, using her wits and testing her moral convictions against her need to survive by any means necessary…