Daughters of the Witching Hill
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.... show more
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.
Publish date: 2010-04-07
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pages no: 352
Edition language: English
3.5 starsThe book is told through the eyes of two persons: Bess (first half) and Alizon (second half). While I liked it told from first person narrative but the characters didn’t come alive to me. You can see that the autohor has done her research but it also slows done the book with going on , and ...
Based on a true story this book gives a look into the lives of so called witched in England. Elizabeth Southerns and her granddaughter Aliza Device are unforgettable and brave people who endured more than any person should. It is an ugly part of the past but one that needs never be forgotten. Hig...
Daughters of the Witching Hill is a beautifully crafted story of what was a horrifying moment in history.Not knowing much about the 1612 witch trials of the Pendle witches in England, I didn't know what to expect, but I figured that it ended much like the witch trials I do know about: the Salem Witc...
Lancashire England, late 1500's, a place of old Catholic mysticism, fairies and superstition. An aging Elizabeth rules, as does the Protestant faith and Catholics must worship in secret or face imprisonment or worse. Bess Southerns is a poor widow trying to eke out an honest living for herself and h...
**This is an ARC I received from the Goodreads First Reads program.** This is an amazingly wonderful read. I couldn't put this book down. **possible spoilers**Author Mary Sharratt tells the story of the Daughters of the Witching Hill from the perspective of Bess or Old Demdike as she is known by mos...