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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Meaux: how to say it ...
Around the site where the great and famous Abbey of Meaux once stood people refer to it as Me-oos but in the south of England, following the pronunciation of the French mother House near Citeaux which gave the abbey its name, they say Mow to rhyme with hoe. I know which I prefer - but I leave it up to you!

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