In This House of Brede

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In This House of Brede is a novel by Rumer Godden published in 1969.


The novel is a portrait of religious life in England that centers on Philippa Talbot, a highly successful professional woman who leaves her comfortable life among the London elite to join a cloistered Benedictine community of contemplative nuns. It begins in 1954, as Philippa enters the monastery, Brede Abbey; continues through her solemn vows in the changing, post-Second Vatican Council environment; and ends as Philippa reluctantly accepts the call to lead a new Benedictine foundation in Japan, where she spent part of her childhood.


In 1975, CBS made a TV film of this book, filmed in both Ireland and England, starring Diana Rigg.[1]

Cultural references[edit]

The novel's fictional setting, Brede Abbey, is modeled on the former location of Stanbrook Abbey in Worcestershire.[2][3]