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Daughters of the Witching Hill ☉ [PDF / Epub] ☆ Daughters of the Witching Hill By Mary Sharratt ❤ – Thomashillier.co.uk Daughters of the Witching 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 huntBess Southerns an impoverished w Daughters of the Witching ePUB ☆ the Witching 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 huntBess 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 Daughters of MOBI :↠ granddaughter Alizon in her craft as well as her best friend who ultimately turns to dark magicWhen 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 heightsSharratt interweaves well researched historical details of the Pendle witch hunt with a beautifully imagined story of strong women family and of the Witching MOBI ï betrayal.

10 thoughts on “Daughters of the Witching Hill

  1. Christine Christine says:

    As posted on Read All Over ReviewsThough other books have tackled a fictitious account of Lancashire Witchcraft Trials of 1612 Mary Sharratt is the first author among them to give Mother Demdike and her granddaughter Alizon Device their own say Daughters of the Witching Hill is told in two voices The first section being narrated by Bess Southerns Mother Demdike and the second by Alizon Through this we see how both women viewed their world and their gift of cunning craft Of course some liberties were taken with the novel but this is what makes it historical fiction and not a boring textbook the changes are clearly addressed in Afterword for those interestedMary writes with such a beautiful yet subtle poetic flair that I was utterly transfixed in this late sixteenth century world and nearly read the book in one sitting Take this line from page 126 for instance His was the might concealed in the tiny purple flowers of nightshade Gorgeously vivid On par with her prose is her painstaking attention to historical detail Even the most minute of particulars is included to fully immerse the reader in Mother Demdike's world and timeDaughters of the Witching Hill is an engrossing and emotional look at a horrible period of upheaval and change in England's history all brought to a roaring crescendo by King James I and his vendetta against the supernatural and CatholicismRating5 black dogs out of 5

  2. Latasha Latasha says:

    I listened to this with the group Witches vs Patriarchy I LOVED LOVED LOVED this book I did not expect to be so affected by it but as i was finishing it up this morning i could've cried My heart wept for all these people accused of dealing with the devil I'm in the southern US so I'm not yet familiar with the history of this witch trial The story is that of the Pendle Witches It is so beautifully written The characters are flushed out people not just names on a paper They are good people just trying to survive any way they can Times are hard there's famine devastating rains and cold cold winters It was wonderful reading about Mother Demdike and her cunning She's a blesser By doing her blessings she is able to feed provide clothes for her family It all goes wrong one evening when granddaughter Alison speaks out of anger to a peddler He falls down and half his body dies Being an outsider he cries witch and the charges are brought against Alison and her family This is based on an actual historical witch hunt you know there is no happy ending By the time you get there you love these people so the ending really hurts I really loved this book and I's so glad i finally listened to it It was read by Terry Donnelly and she did such an outstanding job I loved the 135 hours i spent listening to her telling me this tale

  3. Christy B Christy B says:

    Daughters of the Witching Hill is a beautifully crafted story of what was a horrifying moment in historyNot 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 Witch Trials of 1692 A big difference I noticed is that in the 1612 trials if someone admitted that they were a witch they weren't shown leniency while in the Salem trials if someone admitted they were a witch they weren't hangedThe writing struck me It flowed effortlessly and nothing seemed forced We saw the points of view of two women Bess Southerns known as old Demdike and great healer in the community for several decades and her granddaughter Alizon Device We saw the happy events in these two women's lives and their heartbreak The descriptions of the imprisonment and trials of the Pendle witches absolutely terrified me and I'm so thankful I didn't live back then People were uick to flip the witch switch when anyone became ill or diedI can't stop thinking about this story The heartbreak and unfairness really got to me

  4. Barb Barb says:

    Before I forget I'd like to say thank you to First Reads and the publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for giving away copies of this book here on Good Reads I'm happy to have won my copy here What could be better than free books?Mary Sharratt has created a vivid story rich with period detail and social context Her writing is polished and refined and she is able to create a picture of what life was like for the poor after the Reformation This book would be an excellent tool for teachers who cover this period in history The social and political context of the story is what makes it so interesting Mary Sharratt is my favorite kind of writer she is also a teacherHere is an excerpt; 'But gone were the days when Christian folk felt beholden to give alms to the poor When I was a tiny girl the monks of Whalley Abbey fed and clothed the needy So did the rich folk for their souls would languish a fair long time in purgatory if they were stingy to us In the old days the poor were respected our prayers were dearer to God than those of the wealthy Many a well to do man on his deathbed would give out food and alms to the lowliest of the parish if they would only pray for his immortal soul At his funeral the poor were given doles of bread and soulcakes so my mam had told me The reformers said that purgatory was heresy It was either heaven for the Elect or hell for everyone else so what need did the rich have to bribe the poor to pray for them? We humble folk were no longer seen as blessed of the Lord but as a right nuisance'She also illustrates how celebrations and building a sense of community changed after the reformation The old ways were forbidden as were celebrations and dancing and if you didn't attend church on Sunday the Church Warden could whip you and fine you Had I lived during this period I would have been in deep trouble I'm sureI loved the details throughout that enabled me to imagine what life was like for these two poor women At one point Mother Demdike and Alizon sleep in a real bed'The linens soft and soothing against my skin allowed me to forget her words Such comfort the likes of which I'd never known The feather mattress cushioned my hip and shoulder where the bones stuck out So this was what it was like to lie upon a proper feather bed The embroidered canopy kept the spiders and beetles living in the thatch from dropping upon our faces in the night So blessed uiet here too'As a general rule I don't like fantasymagic themes in novels but I thought Mary Sharratt did an excellent job of showing the similarity between Catholicism and the faith of these accused witches And she made their beliefs understandable and logical in the context of this period in time I thought this was a very enlightening and well written historical novel Though I did read it with a sense of dread knowing what happened to these people in the end It's not a beach read honestly it really bummed me out But it made me think of something a wise woman once said to me about reading books about the Holocaust She said If they could live it the least I can do is read about it And I think the same principle applies here

  5. Misfit Misfit says:

    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 her children and one day she's adopted by an imp in the form of a dog and like magic she can heal the sick both people and animals by performing blessings Eventually her great friend Anne as well as her grandson Jamie and granddaughter Alizon gain impsfamiliars and begin casting spells of their own although Anne and Jamie eventually turn to the dark side in their desire to cause harm to those who wish ill of them Years pass and James I gains the throne and he’s hell bent on destroying the Catholic faith for good as well as persecuting witches Of course ambitious magistrates jump at the chance to prosecute any likely suspect to gain the king’s noticeWell that sounds for an interesting novel especially as the book is based upon actual events and people just Google Pendle Forest and witches and you'll find plenty of reading material and photos My two cents? I loved the idea and at first I was gung ho getting into the book and looking up the places online and dreaming of a trip to Lancashire and seeing it for myself Eventually though I ran into a uagmire much of the book goes on and on and on and on some detailing about Bess and Alizon's day to day life and interaction with their familiars as well as all those clay pictures think voodoo dolls I would have preferred to hear about the arrests and trials themselves as well as Alice Nutter the devout catholic who was caught up in the witch hunt I'm not a huge fan of the first person narrative used in this book first Bess' POV and finishing up with Alizon and I felt it hampered the story a bit in the latter part of the book when Alizon is sitting in prison and we can't see what's happening outside of those walls At the end I just didn’t pick up on the terror those accused must have felt nor much of the mass hysteria there must have been among the townspeople A list of character names and relationships would also have been helpful especially as some are referred to with different names either call Anne Anne or call her Chattox but don't go switching back and forth very distracting In the end the author just took too much time on blessings dolls and familiars and not enough time on the trials themselves This is a good book it just not a great one 35 stars

  6. Christy English Christy English says:

    This novel is amazing I felt almost as if I were bewitched as I read it drawn into the magical heart rending world that Mary Sharratt has created Using trial records from a witch hunt in Lancaster County England in 1612 Ms Sharratt brings the accused Bess Southerns and her granddaughter Alizon to brilliant vibrant life A jewel of a novel that makes me hungry for of Ms Sharratt's beautiful work

  7. Bethany Wade Bethany Wade says:

    I wasn't really sure how I felt when I got to the end of this book While Daughters of the Witching Hill does explore the interesting idea of the sometimes thin line between religion and superstition it fails to provide a real conflict There is the sense of dread at the possibility of the cunning women being discovered and charged with witchcraft but this lingering nervousness is not really enough to keep the reader engaged through the entirety of the book Also the author never fully explains the familiars They almost felt like an unnecessary addition to the plot because they are heavily present in the beginning of the story but by the end are merely mentioned in name alone I did enjoy the relational aspect of this story and the importance that is placed on friendship family and loyalty Also the author handles the arrest and trials of the suspected witches with much skill Her descriptions and dialogue paint a terrifying yet historically accurate portrayal of the legal system during this time period These chapters made indignation rise within me as I read about the injustice and cruelty these women faced What was worse was the fact that these events were all too common throughout history

  8. Amy Bruno Amy Bruno says:

    Don't you love it when you start a book and immediately get sucked in just from the first few sentences? Well that's what happened when I began to read Daughters of the Witching Hill This book had me from helloMary Sharratt paints a vivid and moving story of the Pendle Witches also known as the Lancashire Witches a true story of a group of women and men thought to be witches and hung in Lancashire England in 1612 DOTWH is told through the eyes of Mother Demdike Bess Southerns and her granddaughter Alizon Sharratt's uniue dialogue style is captivating and the character development multi dimensional The reader will be entranced by these fierce strong women who will do anything to protect their own To me the heart of the story of Daughters of the Witching Hill is one of human compassion or at times the lack of it The men and women hung at Lancashire will never have justice but their story deserves to be told and in my opinion Mary Sharratt gave them that final justice

  9. Linty Linty says:

    Like a lot of people I am familiar with the Salem witch trials but I knew almost nothing about the trials of the Pendle witches in England in 1612 This is a well written book The endingno surprise how it endshmmone can take a guess brought it up a bit for me 34 of the book follows the characters through their lives It's not until the final 14 that you get to the trials itselfwhich is written really well I felt I was thereThe characters are realistically imagined and the author is good at capturing the feel of that time period Details are done right but not overdone I can't imagine the hysteria and fear of that time especially if you're the one being accused of being a witch But the fear even of the people who believe that someone could curse them and they'd soon die The power of belief Or if someone fell ill instead of looking at medical reasons they'd throw the blame on a witch She must've cursed me Sadly in some places in the world this superstition still continues To borrow from the book description this is a story of strong women family and betrayal That sums it up well I enjoyed this and would recommend it for anyone interested in those themes even if the witch trials don't interest you

  10. Linda Linda says:

    This is a very compelling story with substance one with strong women characters that resonates intellectually and emotionally It’s based on the true story of the infamous and well documented Pendle witch trials of 1612 The story is filled with atmosphere and poignant relationships showing not only the very human side of these women being accused of witch craft but also the religious zealotry that fueled the fear There is also a timelessness to the human flaws demonstrated in this book provoking thought on two spheres; the unspeakable actions of the past and the steadfastness of human nature The story is told from the perspective of Bess also known as Mother Demdike and later in the book by her granddaughter Alizon It’s interesting to see and compare how each interpreted their craft and the world they lived in Highly recommend for historical fiction fans or anyone who has an interest in witchery Fans of Phillipa Gregory or those who enjoyed “The Heretics Daughter “will not want to miss this one

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