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This is an auction for KNOWLEDGE OF ANGELS by Jill Paton Walsh.

" KNOWLEDGE OF ANGELS is an exquisitely mounted, immaculately designed fable in a jeweled medieval setting that pierces to the heart of an ancient scholarly/spiritual dilemma: should one live within a world of faith with its invisible perfections - or only in the world as it is seen and sensed, of things as they are? The gentle scholar Benedix explains the problem to Severo, the cardinal prince of their Church-owned island: in the knowledge of angels, morning knowledge deals with ‘the nature of a straight line; evening knowledge is knowing that no line in the world is really straight’. Severo has come to the monastery for help in converting an atheist, Palinor, a stranger from a far country - handsome, highly intelligent and companionable. Severo is determined to save Palinor from a heretic's death. Meanwhile, a wild creature raised by wolves is captured, and Severo sends her to a convent to be tamed - but with the stern stipulation that she hear nothing of God. Will then the denial of God-knowledge in a child of nature - proving that knowledge of God is revealed and not innate - save Palinor? With timeless personalities, grounded firmly within the hot windstorms of an on-going human conundrum: a brilliantly crafted, haunting tale."
- Kirkus Reviews (US)

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Hardback 1994.

268 pages.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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