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The Tapestry: A Novel

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
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The Tapestry: A Novel

Nancy Bilyeau

Nancy Bilyeau will share excerpts from the latest installment in her award-winning Joanna Stafford series, The Tapestry. The novel takes place in Tudor England, with Joanna, a Dominican novice, struggling to survive the turbulent reign of King Henry VIII. Set in a world of royal banquets and feasts, tournament jousts, ship voyages, and Tower Hill executions, this thrilling tale finds Joanna in her most dangerous situation yet, as she attempts to decide the life she wants to live: nun or wife, spy or subject, rebel or courtier. Bilyeau will also discuss the research she undertook into Renaissance tapestries and the art of Hans Holbein, which she did in preparation for writing the book.

Nancy Bilyeau, author of The Crown and The Chalice, is a writer and magazine editor who has worked on the staffs of InStyle, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, and Good Housekeeping. She is currently the executive editor of Du Jour magazine. A native of the Midwest, Bilyeau lives in New York City with her husband and two children.

Did you know the Athenæum’s special collections contain examples of Hans Holbein’s work? View engraved reproductions of Holbein’s portraits of “illustrious persons of the court of Henry VIII” and ornamental work for books and maps. Want more Holbein? Check out Derek Wilson’s Hans Holbein: Portrait of an Unknown Man to learn more about the artist.

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