[a Novel of the Middle Ages]

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"The daughter of a papermaker in a small French village in the year 1320--mute from birth and forced to shun normal society--young Auda finds solace and escape in the wonder of the written word. Believed to be cursed by those who embrace ignorance and superstition, Auda's very survival is a testament to the strength of her spirit. But this is an age of Inquisition and intolerance, when difference and defiance are punishable "sins" and new ideas are considered damnable heresy. When darkness descends upon her world, Auda--newly grown to womanhood--is forced to flee, setting off on a remarkable quest to discover love and a new sense of self . . . and to reclaim her heritage and the small glory of her father's art"--P. [4] of cover.


Watermark is a powerful novel about the destructive forces unleashed by ignorance and superstition.  Readers will care deeply for the courageous Auda.”
New York Times bestselling author Sharon Kay Penman


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Born with albinism and mutilated after birth so she could not speak the devil's lies, Auda learns her father's craft of papermaking and becomes a scribe for local nobility, only to find herself under scrutiny when the papal Inquisition arrives in her medieval city.

Publisher: New York : Avon, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061849275
Characteristics: 331 p. : maps ; 21 cm


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Nov 08, 2015

Although basically an interesting concept of a story, this was a mish-mash of leaps and jumps that sometimes didn't fit together well, making the story jumpy and illogical at times. The feminist stance of the 21st century was out of place in this 14th century world. It's no wonder Auda was seen as a heretic with such modern ideas!
Despite an Inquisition happening right in the town, there is little conflict. Things just seem to happen, then they don't. Nothing really touched me as the reader; I didn't get involved in the characters or their lives.
In the end, a forgettable story but easy to read and non-threatening in every way.

Aug 19, 2012

A new kind of book for me. History and fiction. When I didn't try to think which was which I enjoyed the book more. Look forward to the next book about printing. She was very enjoyable to talk to when the author came to our library.

Jul 13, 2012

The history was interesting but the plot and characters lacked much depth.

Jun 29, 2012

Excellent book! Well-researched, well-developed, great believable characters. I hope the library buys her next one on Venice.

Jun 07, 2012

At first I was bothered by the over-the-top main character -- did she have to be albino AND mute? But then she grew on me as the story sucked me in. I had no trouble believing in Auda and her talents for papermaking and poetry. I loved watching how people reacted to her and how Jaime saw beauty in her. It's a touching love story set amidst superstition and fear of the Inquisition. The drama and the storytelling style were well-sustained. I had no trouble believing in the author's subject knowledge, given the great details.

Oct 04, 2010

Story of mute female paper maker could be more captivating and is annoyingly apocryphal. But it is still entertaining and could pass for a good historical [at times]. However the 21st century feminism is a little misplaced as you can imagine.


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