Brother John, a monk of Beeleigh Abbey in Essex; Rob, a shepherd of troubadour stock; Simon Renger, a ruthless knight; 'The Little One' his servant; even De Refham, her guardian - all these men are bewitched, in one way or ather, by the beauty and incence of young Ivetta. This is a tale of spiritual longing and of love, set in rural England in the early fourteenth century, and along the banks of the River Chelmer, by which Brother John sits to meditate, and down which Ivetta floats on a log at night, in a desperate attempt to escape captivity and death. This historical romance, originally published in 1927, is based on historical locations and people in and around Little Baddow in Essex, England. It reflects the interests of its author, Jesse Berridge, an Anglican clergyman, in local history, in mediaeval spirituality, in the Essex countryside, and in telling a good yarn!
Jesse Berridge (1874 - 1965) was an Anglican clergyman, Rector of the parish of Little Baddow in Essex, England. He was also a local historian, and used his researches as the basis of five historical novels, all set in and around his parish. His books are being re-published to celebrate the centenary of his arrival in the village.