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  • Materials: paper, love, tons of research, archaeology, metal detecting

In my spare time, I'm an archaeologist. Occasionally you stumble over stories that are too good not to be told... This is a story about a real man, and a real Priory; I discovered one in the Suffolk Record Office whilst looking for the other, which I found metal detecting.

Wimer could have become a monk. Instead, his decision to become a Chaplain – to make his way in the wider world of men – has put his soul in mortal danger. In 12th Century East Anglia, poor Saxon boys stay poor. It takes an exceptional one to win Henry II's friendship, and to rise to the job of High Sheriff of all Norfolk and Suffolk. Falling foul of the stormy relationship between Henry and his Archbishop, he is excommunicated three times, twice by Thomas a'Becket, and once by the Pope. He also falls in love with the King's Ward, Ida. Before he plucks up the courage to do anything about it, the King takes her as his mistress, and Ida needs Wimer's support to survive that dangerous liaison. Although he is eventually reinstated in the Church, his problems with his religious superiors, and his love for Ida, will guarantee him a place in Hell, unless he can find land and resources to do something spectacular in the way of penance...

Winner of the "Discovered Diamond" and "Book Readers' Appreciation Group Medallion" awards!

"I cannot recommend Sheriff and Priest highly enough, both for its entertainment value, its fascinating insight into the inner workings of the role of sheriff, and the deeply personal connection that the reader develops with these vivid, wonderful characters." The Review, Sharon Bennett Connolly

"This is a thoroughly enthralling story... A fascinating look into two friends’ lives during the 12th century. It is a well-written and researched historical tale" - Goodreads review

"...gripped my attention from start to finish." - Goodreads review

I'm putting this book up for the same price that Amazon charges. Please let me know if you'd like a personalized gift - I'm happy to write any appropriate message in the book! - that's something you don't get on Amazon!

Lose yourself in the 12th Century today! (And the second book is now out, here: https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/870708204/historical-novels-reader-gift-christmas)


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5 out of 5 stars

astradyne13 03 Nov, 2020

5 out of 5 stars

Great book and so different from the "historical" novels I read before. This feels real!

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Patrizia La Iacona 14 Oct, 2019

5 out of 5 stars

I absolutely adore this necklace and pendant. The contact with the seller was very Nice also. Beautiful flintstone pendant. I love it!!

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Jennifer Milnes 17 Jan, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Really lovely piece! This is the second purchase from this shoppe. Both so different but great and unusual,work! I will be back again soon!

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Kneighley 13 Feb, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Such a really nice and fun brooch. Definitely unique, and I am sure I will get lots of positive comments when I wear it.

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