It is eighteenth century France, and wicked Prince de Montrale (Harry Plimmer) falls in love with Liane (Maud Fane), but she runs away from him and seeks safety in a monastery. The prince finds her and orders the abbott to keep her in custody. A young newcomer, Brother Paul (Percy Marmont), is placed in charge of Liane and falls in love with her, despite having just taken his vows of celibacy. The king (Monte Luke) commands that Liane marry the Prince. A wedding is prepared but Paul defeats the prince in a duel, steals his cloak and takes his place at the wedding. The impersonation is discovered and Paul is taken away to be executed. De Montrale leads a revolt against the king but Paul keeps fight off the attack until loyalists arrive. Paul then returns to the monastery forever.
This 1917 silent Australian historical/drama was based on a play by Frederick Melville. Tragically for silent cinema fans, The Monk and the Woman now remains a lost silent film.
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