A well to do london businesswoman gives up her comfortable life including the man who loves her to become a cloistered benedictine nun. In this house of brede tells the story of philippa a successful businesswoman with a past who follows gods leading to enter a monastery in brede england in the 1950s because of her success connections and worldliness her sincerity and willingness to humble herself are doubted at first but the abbess hester agrees that philippa will be . In this house of brede is a novel by rumer godden published in 1969. This extraordinarily sensitive and insightful portrait of religious life centers on philippa talbot a highly successful professional woman who leaves her life among the london elite to join a cloistered benedictine community in this house of brede was the basis of a 1975 made for television film starring diana rigg. Adapted by james costigan from the best selling novel by rumer godden in this house of brede stars diana rigg as a widowed fortyish business executive in search of a more meaningful life
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