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Daughters of the Witching Hill

A Novel

by Mary Sharratt

Daughters of the Witching Hill
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    Apr 2010, 352 pages
    Jan 2011, 352 pages

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A powerful novel of intrigue and revelation set in the early 17th century

Sixteen out of nineteen BookBrowse readers gave Daughters of the Witching Hill 4 or 5 stars.

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Daughters of the Witching Hill, a brooding, atmospheric novel set in England in the 1600's, tells the story of the hard scrabble life of Bess Southern, a "wise woman" who only uses her talents for healing to support her family. Her daughters and granddaughters inherit the talent but not the wisdom for using it (Priscilla M). Life is hard, begging for basic sustenance is the norm, and the wealthy have ultimate power over the people who are literally and figuratively beneath them. The Catholic Church is a main character in the story - as an underdog. The Reformation has taken place and the old trappings of the Catholic Church (Latin prayers, saints, rosaries, religious feast days and the Virgin Mary, for example) are forbidden. The women ...

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