The Twelve Days of Christmas 1389. As penance for her sexual misconduct last autumn, Hildegard is sent by Abbot de Courcy to the powerful Whitby Abbey on a penitential quest - to obtain a Holy Relic over six hundred years old. Accompanied by two monks and a young priest from the Abbey of Meaux, she finds the Whitby guest house teeming with visitors who will stop at nothing to obtain the Relic. When the body of a young monk is discovered, dangerous secrets emerge and violence between town and abbey erupts in a grotesque carnival of fire. Even the holy precinct becomes a place of menace and Hildegard must fight to the end to obtain the Relic as well as to receive her beloved Abbot's absolution.

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Cassandra Clark is an award-winning scriptwriter for theatre, radio and television, and the author of nine previous novels in the Hildegard of Meaux medieval mystery series. Her inspiration comes from running wild near the ruins of the Abbey of Meaux in the East Riding as a child while the discovery in a dusty archive of the Chronicle of Meaux written in 1395 is the secret source for her research.