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Margit of Hungary, daughter of Bela IV, and granddaughter of the emperor of Byzantium, is voted to God when she is still in the womb, in exchange for salvation from the invasion of the Tartars.
Over time, the little girl nun by force will turn into an anorexic saint who will take on all suffering and deprivation in order to make herself pleasing to God. She will refuse the marriage proposal of the handsome King of Bohemia Ottokar, will make peace between her beloved brother Stephen. and the father and, finally, she will let herself die by dint of hardship and tortures of all kinds.
But this is only what others see, it is the official image of her: the girl in the odor of sanctity, the "violet of humility", as everyone calls her. In reality, her sad soul is prey to a fierce nostalgia and violent rancor, her heart is torn by the desire for a life outside the dark walls of the convent, and by disturbing visions that bring her closer to the Crucified Christ and reconnect her to a woman of the past, a woman who was at the foot of the cross and who has suffered and loved for ever and ever.
Various characters move around: Maria Lascaris, the mother, prey to the sense of guilt for having abandoned her, Marcello, the provincial father of the Dominicans, burned by a secret passion, Sister Olimpiade, the godmother who raised Margit as a daughter, Kalima , the gorgeous and faithful bitch. And, through the mists of time, also Maddalena della Torre, the historian who, today, is investigating her in order to reconstruct her events.
The novel also mentions the Cathar heresy and is connected to the legends about the Magdalene, but it is above all the story of a singular woman, of a young wasted life, of a powerful, tormented soul, capable of immense love, passion and loneliness.

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