I wasn’t sure I would like “A Vision of Light, A Margaret of Ashbury Novel” the first book in a trilogy about Margaret of Ashbury by Judith Merkle Riley. I decided to give it a try based on its reviews. Although I love British history, I’ve never been all that interested in Medieval times. I am so glad I gave it a chance! I was enthralled with Margaret, her life, the times, her friends and enemies. This look at the lives of people in the Middle Ages, and the power of the Catholic church, was fascinating. I have rarely read a book with such a strong female character.
The book begins when she is a child and follows her through a horrific marriage, a Vision and Gift from God, her life and training as a midwife, her brush with a charge of heresy in front of a church tribunal, and a loving second marriage. It ends as the next big chapter in her life begins. Some have mentioned that they hated the ending. While it is true there really isn’t a traditional “ending,” for readers who want to know more about her story, it is an appropriate stopping point on a long journey.
“A Vision of Light” is the first of a trilogy and I am looking forward to the next two. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in a woman’s progression of strength despite the attitudes of the men surrounding her and cultural limitations.