Daughters of the Witching Hill by Mary Sharratt

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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.

This e-book includes a sample chapter of ILLUMINATIONS.

 

About Mary Sharratt

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MARY SHARRATT is an American writer who has lived in the Pendle region of Lancashire, England, for the past seven years. The author of the critically acclaimed novels Summit Avenue, The Real Minerva, and The Vanishing Point, Sharratt is also the coeditor of the subversive fiction anthology Bitch Lit, a celebration of female antiheroes, strong women who break all the rules.
 
Published April 7, 2010 by Mariner Books. 357 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Either way, in this latest version of a famous English historical episode, Sharratt (The Real Minerva, 2004, etc.) credits Bess with actual powers to charm and heal, courtesy of her familiar spirit Tibb, a shape-shifter linked to the leader of the fairy folk.

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The main characters and the story are taken from the actual records filed by the court clerk, Thomas Potts, in 1613.

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Bess Southerns lives in Pendle Forest with her daughter, Liza, grandson Jamie, and granddaughters Alizon and Jennet.

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I was already somewhat familiar with the historical background of the tale and so was surprised at how Mary Sharratt made such a tragic tale uplifting.

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Mary Sharratt (Photo © Staurt Ainslie)

Spells from the Pendle Witch Trial Transcripts and Daughters of the Witching Hill
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