The Tapestry is set in Tudor, England following Henry V111 having set himself up as head of the church as the Pope wouldn’t let him marry again while he still had a wife. And so he effectivly threw all his bricks out of his pram. Unfortunatley, his tantram had far reaching results dealing a devastating blow to many of his subjects, in particular that of people who had decided to devote their lives to God, One such person is Joanna Stafford a former novice who having been thrown out of her Dominican convent following Henry closing the religious houses, decides to lead a quiet contemplative life weaving tapestries.
Nancy Bilyeau has woven a most complicated tapestry as Joanne picks her way through the court intrigues, trying to keep clear of the whims of the awful Henry, and away from the clutches of the nasty Thomas Cromwell. Ingeniously plotted, the book makes for gripping reading, portraying a young woman struggling to keep her sanity and beliefs during a most appalling period of British history.
Reviewer: Lizzie Hayes
Nancy is a writer and magazine editor who has worked on the staffs of InStyle, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, and Good Housekeeping, and is currently the executive editor of DuJour. Her debut novel, The Crown, took five years of research into Tudor England, including traveling to London and Dartford, in Kent, to find the ruins of its lost priory of the Dominican Order.
She lives in New York City with her husband and two children.