Daughters of the Witching Hill

Daughters of the Witching Hill

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Daughters of theWitching Hill brings history to life in a vivid and wrenching account of a family sustained by love as they try to survive the hysteria of a witch-hunt.

Bess Southerns, an impoverished widow living in Pendle Forest, is haunted by visions and gains a reputation as a cunning woman. Drawing on the Catholic folk magic of her youth, Bess heals the sick and foretells the future. As she ages, she instructs her granddaughter, Alizon, in her craft, as well as her best friend, who ultimately turns to dark magic.

When a peddler suffers a stroke after exchanging harsh words with Alizon, a local magistrate, eager to make his name as a witch finder, plays neighbors and family members against one another until suspicion and paranoia reach frenzied heights.

Sharratt interweaves well-researched historical details of the 1612 Pendle witch-hunt with a beautifully imagined story of strong women, family, and betrayal. Daughters of the Witching Hill is a powerful novel of intrigue and revelation.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010.
ISBN: 9780547069678
Characteristics: 333 p. ; 22 cm.


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Sep 17, 2010

The took a while to read, i am used to whizing through a book. But the book was based on the witch trial in england i believe. The book is based on religions of the sevententh century. This was a time when the Catholics where not allowed to practice anymore and if you did, you were presumed a witch. You were expected to embrace the new religion a forget your old faith.
What came to light through this book to me was that at one time people viewed Catholic practices to be magic with our wine turning to blood and the bread turning to the body of Christ. And that prayers could really heal. It was a great history lesson.


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