Look Inside. The first book in the series, this bestselling novel introduces Margaret of Ashbury, a fourteenth-century Englishwoman with mystical abilities Margaret of Ashbury wants to write her life story. However, like most women in fourteenth-century England, she is illiterate. As she narrates her life, we discover a woman of startling resourcefulness.

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Sold by: Amazon. For a handful of gold, Madame de Morville will read your future in a glass of swirling water. You'll believe her, because you know she's more than years old and a witch, and she has all of Paris in the palm of her hand. But Madame de Morville hides more behind her black robes than you know. Her real age, the mother and uncle who left her for dead, the inner workings of the most secret society of Parisian witches: none of these truths would help her outwit the rich who so desperately want the promise of the future.

After all, it's her own future she must control , no matter how much it is painted with uncertainty and clouded by vengeance. Based on scandalous true events, The Oracle Glass brims with our human foibles, passions, and eccentricities; it's a classic of the genre and unlike any historical novel you have ever read.

Gortner, author of The Confessions of Catherine de Medici. Nostradamus, a ruthless queen, and a young poet find themselves in the fight of their lives Lady Sibille never goes looking for trouble, but trouble always seems to find her. When she inadvertently becomes the master of an ancient cursed head of Menander the Magus-the Master of All Desires-she suddenly has the power to grant any wish, at a steep price.

Queen Catherine de Medici is trying to obtain the power of the Master in order to get rid of her husband's mistress. But she does not understand that the Master is malic itself, twisting the wishes that he grants to bring destruction.

But only Nostradamus knows that evil befalls all who wish upon this accursed object. Can he stop these determined women before they unwittingly destroy the entire kingdom of France? Lush period detail and sprightly dialogue laced with humor and courtly pomp anchor Riley's romantic adventure with stylized whimsy and historical plausibility.

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Learn more about Amazon Prime. Get free delivery with Amazon Prime. Books By Judith Merkle Riley. When her husband is murdered, Susanna is suddenly left with a household to provide for and nothing to her name.

Before long, she has not only made a name for herself, she is close to those who surround Princess Mary. But even in this lofty company, Susanna is not safe.

An old manuscript that she has inherited turns out to hold the keys to an age-old mystery, and the forces that claimed her husband are closing in. Combining heartpounding action, sly humor, romance, and supernatural twists, The Serpent Garden is the story of a creative and resourceful woman who unwittingly finds herself in a dangerous—and deadly—game of hide-and-seek.

The Oracle Glass Nov 6, See purchase options. The first book in the series, this bestselling novel introduces Margaret of Ashbury, a fourteenth-century Englishwoman with mystical abilities Margaret of Ashbury wants to write her life story. However, like most women in fourteenth-century England, she is illiterate.

As she narrates her life, we discover a woman of startling resourcefulness. Married off at the age of fourteen to a merchant reputed to be the Devil himself, Margaret was left for dead during the Black Plague.

Incredibly, she survived, was apprenticed to an herbalist, and became a midwife. But most astonishing of all, Margaret has experienced a Mystic Union—a Vision of Light that endows her with the miraculous gift of healing.

The unforgettable Margaret of Ashbury returns in the second book of the trilogy that began with A Vision of Light. Margaret, a resourceful midwife, is living with the insufferable relatives of her third husband, Gilbert de Vilers, known as Gregory. She is carving out a life for herself and her daughters despite the hostility and greed of her in-laws. But when Gregory is captured in France and held for ransom, Margaret knows she must take action—her in-laws are too tight with money to be of any use—so she teams up with her old friends Mother Hilde, the herbalist, and Brother Malachi, an alchemist on a quest for the secret of changing base metals into gold.

Together, the trio plan to rescue Gregory and bring him back to London, where he and Margaret can start a new life away from his meddling family. And thus begins a wild romp across fourteenth-century Europe. Murderous noblemen, scheming ladies, truculent ghosts, and a steady stream of challenges plague the journey. Margaret will need not only her special gift of healing, her quick mind, and her independent spirit but the loyalty of her friends and the love of her new husband to carry them all safely home.

The Master of All Desires Jul 2, Margaret of Ashbury is ready to settle down; the medieval healer is looking forward to an uneventful life in the country. In a panic, Margaret turns to her old friend Brother Malachi to help save her daughter by whatever means necessary. The tension within the feuding family rouses an ancient being that dwells in a spring at the center of the disputed woodland.

Favorite characters return, the stakes are high, and the air is thick with intrigue and danger. Margaret von Ashbury, seine Frau macht sich kurzerhand auf, ihn zu befreien - schwanger und mittellos.

Doch sie muss nicht alleine reisen, denn findige Freunde stehen ihr zur Seite: Mutter Hilde und Malachi. Other Formats: Paperback. Und vor allem: Sie schreibt dieses Buch, weil Gott es ihr aufgetragen hat. Other Formats: Hardcover , Paperback. Die Hofmalerin German Edition Oct 1, Jahrhunderts und zu Begriffen der Herrenmode und Malerei. Die Dichterin German Edition Nov 14, Historisch, humorvoll, magisch - Merkle Riley! Im Paris des More Information.

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Judith Merkle Riley dies at 68; noted professor and author of bestselling historical novels

Judith Merkle Riley, a longtime associate professor of government at Claremont McKenna College and the author of internationally best-selling historical novels, has died. She was Riley died of ovarian cancer Sept. Riley, who taught under her maiden name, joined the government department faculty at Claremont McKenna and the faculty of Claremont Graduate School in She taught organization and management, public and comparative administration, political ideologies, and healthcare and public policy. Her characters sprang off the page with the vigor, courage and warmth that were so much a part of Judith herself.


Judith Merkle Riley

Education: University of California , Berkeley, B. Home— Claremont, CA. Agent— Jean V. Naggar, Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency, E. Navy Department, Washington, DC, management intern and research analyst, ; University of California, Berkeley, , began as acting instructor, became lecturer in political science ; University of Oregon, Eugene, assistant professor of political science , , director of Russian and East European Studies Center, ; Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, CA, associate professor of government studies, —; writer.

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