1783786442
Paperback:The Manningtree witches / A.K. Blakemore.:2021 Paperback The Manningtree witches / A.K. Blakemore.
The Manningtree witches / A.K. Blakemore.
Author: Blakemore, A. K., 1991-
Publication year: 2021
Format: Paperback
Publisher: London : Granta,
Resource type: Physical
ISBN: 9781783786442 (pbk.) :
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England, 1643. Parliament is battling the King; the war between the Roundheads and the Cavaliers rages. Puritanical fervour has gripped the nation, and the hot terror of damnation burns black in every shadow. In Manningtree, depleted of men since the wars began, the women are left to their own devices. At the margins of this diminished community are those who are barely tolerated by the affluent villagers - the old, the poor, the unmarried, the sharp-tongued. Rebecca West, daughter of the formidable Beldam West, fatherless and husbandless, chafes against the drudgery of her days, livened only by her infatuation with the clerk John Edes. But then newcomer Matthew Hopkins, a mysterious, pious figure dressed from head to toe in black, takes over The Thorn Inn and begins to ask questions about the women of the margins.
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Based on true events in mid seventeenth century England during the period of the Civil War and Puritanical witch hunts led by the self titled Witchfinder General, this is a staggeringly good read. Blakemore doesn't know how to write a bad sentence. The prose is sumptuous - crystal clear and poetic. It's a fascinating story from an historical perspective, but many of its themes resonate today - misogyny, class division, corruption of power, superstition and prejudice. The characters are strongly drawn and there is plenty of humour mixed in with all the darkness. Highly recommended.
29/09/22
robrue

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