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Dramatisation of the novel by Sarah Dunant, set in a convent in Renaissance Italy, where a young woman has been placed against her will.

The convent celebrates the long-awaited carnival, but where is Serafina?

Abbess ...... Eileen Atkins
Zuana ...... Geraldine James
Serafina ...... Natalie Dormer
Umiliana ...... Sian Thomas
Letizia ...... Ayesha Antoine

Dramtised by Rachel Joyce.

The music has been specially recorded by Musica Secreta, available on the CD Sacred Hearts, Secret Music.

A Pacificus production for BBC Radio 4.

Release date:

15 minutes

Last on

Fri 28 Mar 2014 14:00

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