The Barefoot Girl: A Novel of St. Margaret, Patroness of the Abused

The Barefoot Girl A Novel of St Margaret Patroness of the Abused San Severino Italy Fifteen year old Margharita is toiling in her family s meager field when a handsome gentleman rides in with a proposal of marriage After only a few words with her father Mast

  • Title: The Barefoot Girl: A Novel of St. Margaret, Patroness of the Abused
  • Author: Catherine Monroe
  • ISBN: 9780451217714
  • Page: 137
  • Format: Paperback
  • San Severino, Italy, 1340 Fifteen year old Margharita is toiling in her family s meager field when a handsome gentleman rides in with a proposal of marriage After only a few words with her father,Master Domenico Vasari tears Margharita away from the family she cherishes and the farm boy she loves and hauls her off to a foreign, violent life, full of strangers and strangSan Severino, Italy, 1340 Fifteen year old Margharita is toiling in her family s meager field when a handsome gentleman rides in with a proposal of marriage After only a few words with her father,Master Domenico Vasari tears Margharita away from the family she cherishes and the farm boy she loves and hauls her off to a foreign, violent life, full of strangers and strange customs At the Vasari castle, she is given powders, perfumes, and gowns of silk But for these fineries Margharita pays a dear price Vasari beats her, viciously and without warning, even when she becomes pregnant So Margharita begins to pray, fervently and furtively, to the Blessed Mother and Saint Mary Magdalene For her safety, for her unborn child, and for the starving masses surrounding the castle walls Only then does the Virgin Mother reveal Margharita s fate to her and why she will forever be known as the Barefooted One.

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    • Tara Chevrestt says:

      This was a quick read, but I wouldn't call it "light." Margherita is a peasant girl in 1300s Italy. Her mother and father work the fields and attempt to sell whatever cheese and eggs they produce. They barely make a living. Margherita, 15, is developing sexual curiosity and with it, a beautiful face that attracts many a male eye. Thus, she not only attracts her lover, Antonio, a fellow peasant, but also the eye of a noble man, Dominico. In the blink of an eye, Margherita is "sold" to the wealthy [...]

    • Alida says:

      Tried to return this book to the person who I was sure thrust it into my hands and said "You should read this." and she told me, "That's not my book." Now to figure out who did give it to me. :-(

    • Brianna says:

      From sinner to saint, and the journey in between.When my friend described to me this book, I had a completely different picture of what it was about in my head. She told me only about the material wealth and the abuse suffered by Margaret, but not the spiritual aspect of this book, which is one of the main themes. Also, be warned that this book is at least a PG-13 rating in terms of sexual content. It was a little surprising for me, but was fine. Twilight was definitely worse. I liked the book a [...]

    • Erin says:

      Interesting read, but obviously has no real historical accuracy. It makes me wonder if this saint would approve of the author's writing. Aside from the sexual content and graphic descriptions it's not a bad story.

    • Catherine says:

      Fabulous book!!! This is not a preachy book, but a book about helping each other and rising above our situation.

    • Shauna Johnston says:

      This book was okay was good to read to pass the time at the doctor's offie, but not one that I would highly recomend to a friend.

    • RuthAnn says:

      Such an inspiration to appreciate what you can do for others. I read this book in one morning and my daughter read it in the same afternoon.

    • Lu says:

      Novel of St. Margaret

    • Lauren says:

      Not much substance to this book and too preachy for my taste.

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