The Paraclete Conundrum by Emily Sutherland
Approx. 87,000 words.
Published on November 28, 2010.
In 1149, three women contemporaries meet in an abbey near Paris. The women are: Heloise, abbess of the Paraclete after her tragic love affaire with Abelard; Hildegard of Bingen, mystic, musician; and Eleanor of Aquitaine, Queen of France, soon to be Queen on England . They have learned that Bernard of Clairvaux threatens their freedom. How can they counter the threat? They argue, plot and scheme.