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In pursuit of the Green Lion (1990)

by Judith Merkle Riley

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Series: Margaret of Ashbury Trilogy (book 2)

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Medieval midwife who talks to God, rescues herself and her husband, and does minor miracles while scolding God and organizing things. Friends with alchemist/conman. ( )
  romsfuulynn | Apr 28, 2013 |
In this second of the Margaret of Ashbury trilogy, the majority of the action takes place in France. Margaret’s new husband, along with his father and brother, has been forced to go to war for his Duke. Father – mortally wounded- and brother return, but Gregory does not. When no message asking for ransom arrives, he is assumed to be dead. But Margaret knows he is not, and that she must rescue him. She sets out with her dear friends Hilde and Brother Malachi. Malachi has his own reasons for accompanying her- he is an alchemist and has come into possession of a text written in Hebrew, which he cannot read. He is convinced it contains the last secret he needs- the Green Lion- to create the Philosopher’s Stone. Disguised as religious pilgrims, they set out.

Alchemy figures large in the tale. Not only does it provide a second impetus for Malachi, but it is one of the obsessions of mad Sieur d’Aigremont, who shows the pilgrims his, er, hospitality. One of the evilest characters I’ve read, the Sieur also seeks both the gold and the eternal life the Philosopher’s Stone can provide. Multiple threads weave together in his keep as many of them face death. But those events aren’t the end of their troubles- they still have to get back to England.

I think this is my favorite of the three. It has alchemy, ghosts, supernatural healing, noblemen good, evil and stupid, sham ladies and possibly Jesus. What’s not to like? ( )
1 vote dark_phoenix54 | Aug 18, 2010 |
Sequel to "A Vision Of Light". The year is 1356. Margaret of Ashbury has married Brother Gregory, now unfrocked and using his birth name Gilbert de Vilers. But Gilbert has gone off to fight in France and is now missing. Accompanied by her friends, she sets off in search of her husband and, incidentally, the Philosopher's Stone. Engaging, sweet, and humorous. A lovely story. ( )
1 vote avanta7 | Apr 24, 2009 |
Margaret of Ashbury lost her first husband Master Kendall, and marries the scribe of her memoirs - Brother Gregory (now Gilbert). He is captured by the French, and ransomed to an evil, devil-worshipping duke. Margaret sets off to rescue him, pregnant with his son, bringing along Mother Hilde (the midwife and healer) and her husband Malachi (who is looking for the Elixir of life). The ghosts of Master Kendall, and Gregory's mother - the Weeping Lady, really add spice to this book. Margaret is an endearing character, and although this book was not as good as the first, it has made me eager to read the last. ( )
1 vote bung | May 30, 2008 |
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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.
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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.

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The sequel to A Vision of Light finds Margaret married to Gregory and going to France to retrieve him after the Count of St. Medard captures him.

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