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The Last Witchfinder

A Novel

By James Morrow

The Last Witchfinder
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  • Hardcover: Mar 2006,
    544 pages.
    Paperback: Mar 2007,
    560 pages.

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A novel of history, adventure, science, sex, satire, absurdity, and philosophy. Historical Fiction

From the book jacket: Jennet Stearne's father hangs witches for a living in Restoration England. But when this precocious child witnesses the horrifying death of her beloved Aunt Isobel, unjustly executed as a sorceress, she makes it her life's mission to bring down the Parliamentary Witchcraft Act. A self-educated "natural philosopher," Jennet is inspired in her quest by a single sentence in a cryptic letter from Isaac Newton: It so happens that in the Investigations leading first to my Conjectures concerning Light and later to my System of the World, I fell upon a pretty Proof that Wicked Spirits enjoy no essential Existence. Armed with nothing but the power of reason and her memory of Isobel's love, Jennet cannot rest until she has put the last witchfinder out of business.

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