The Heretic's Daughter
Martha Carrier was one of the first women to be accused, tried and hanged as a witch in Salem, Massachusetts. Like her mother, young Sarah Carrier is bright and willful, openly challenging the small, brutal world in which they live. Often at odds with one another, mother and daughter are forced... show more
Martha Carrier was one of the first women to be accused, tried and hanged as a witch in Salem, Massachusetts. Like her mother, young Sarah Carrier is bright and willful, openly challenging the small, brutal world in which they live. Often at odds with one another, mother and daughter are forced to stand together against the escalating hysteria of the trials and the superstitious tyranny that led to the torture and imprisonment of more than 200 people accused of witchcraft. This is the story of Martha's courageous defiance and ultimate death, as told by the daughter who survived.Kathleen Kent is a tenth generation descendent of Martha Carrier. She paints a haunting portrait, not just of Puritan New England, but also of one family's deep and abiding love in the face of fear and persecution.
Publish date: October 12th 2009
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Pages no: 332
Edition language: English
, Book Club
, Adult Fiction
, Historical Fiction
, 17th Century
This is the second book of Kathleen Kent's that I've read, and I'm definitely a fan. This I guess is a prequel to The Heretic's Daughter: A Novel - Kathleen Kent and is loosely based off her family history and local Massachusetts historical lore. I found it to be a gripping, believable account, a...
Really enjoyed this book - great view of the hysteria of the Salem witch trials and the impact it had on innocent victims.
As a modern-day Pagan, with roots in modern Wicca, I was incredibly excited to finally find this title used, for cheap (hey, I was unemployed for a long time). I had been wanting to read it for quite some time, as I have read a fuckload about the Salem Witch Trials, and love to visit the place. To...
Haunting and evocative, this reads like literary second-world fantasy. A beautiful book.