The witchfinders sister by beth underdown

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the witchfinders sister by beth underdown

The Witchfinders Sister by Beth Underdown

Essex, England, 1645. With a heavy heart, Alice Hopkins returns to the small town she grew up in. Widowed, with child, and without prospects, she is forced to find refuge at the house of her younger brother, Matthew. In the five years she has been gone, the boy she knew has become a man of influence and wealth--but more has changed than merely his fortunes. Alice fears that even as the cruel burns of a childhood accident still mark his face, something terrible has scarred Matthews soul.

There is a new darkness in the town, too--frightened whispers are stirring in the streets, and Alices blood runs cold with dread when she discovers that Matthew is a ruthless hunter of suspected witches. Torn between devotion to her brother and horror at what hes become, Alice is desperate to intervene--and deathly afraid of the consequences. But as Matthews reign of terror spreads, Alice must choose between her safety and her soul.

Alone and surrounded by suspicious eyes, Alice seeks out the fuel firing her brothers brutal mission--and is drawn into the Hopkins familys past. There she finds secrets nested within secrets: and at their heart, the poisonous truth. Only by putting her own life and liberty in peril can she defeat this darkest of evils--before more innocent women are forced to the gallows.

Inspired by the real-life story of notorious Witchfinder General Matthew Hopkins, Beth Underdowns thrilling debut novel blends spellbinding history with harrowing storytelling for a truly haunting reading experience.
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Instead she finds her brother, maimed since falling into a fire as a baby, has become every bit as sinister as his outward appearance would then have suggested. This is a meticulous study of how fear, marginalisation and abuse of power can lead to untold tragedy — in one particularly disturbing scene, women are packed into a courtroom to be tried for witchcraft, with an appeal to male misconceptions of female weakness or insanity their only hope of escape. We use cookies to personalise content, target and report on ads, to provide social media features and to analyse our traffic. For more information see our Cookie Policy. Freya McClements.

Look Inside. Apr 25, ISBN With a heavy heart, Alice Hopkins returns to the small town she grew up in. Widowed, with child, and without prospects, she is forced to find refuge at the house of her younger brother, Matthew. In the five years she has been gone, the boy she knew has become a man of influence and wealth—but more has changed than merely his fortunes. There she finds secrets nested within secrets: and at their heart, the poisonous truth. Only by putting her own life and liberty in peril can she defeat this darkest of evils—before more innocent women are forced to the gallows.

Her first novel, The Witchfinder's Sister , now out in paperback, is based on the life of the s witchfinder Matthew Hopkins. Beth's interest in seventeenth-century England was sparked by the work of her great-uncle David Underdown, one of that period's foremost historians. When Alice Hopkins' husband dies in a tragic accident, she returns to the small Essex town of Manningtree, where her brother Matthew still lives. But home is no longer a place of safety. Matthew has changed, and there are rumours spreading through the town: whispers of witchcraft, and of a great book, in which he is gathering women's names. To what lengths will Matthew's obsession drive him?

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Beth Underdown. Matthew Hopkins is a well-known historical figure in the UK; the self-styled Witchfinder General — a title he was never officially granted — lived in the small Essex town of Manningtree, but his influence was felt across all of East Anglia., Post a Comment.

Share on:. England Matthew Hopkins is good at his chosen career: seeking, testing and convicting those with the Devil in them. His sister, Alice, doesn't realise the full connotations of his actions until, widowed and pregnant, she returns home. Alice is grateful to be allowed to live under Matthew's roof but then watches his sinister finger of suspicion point in unexpected places. This is a man changed from the boy that Alice used to know.

The number of women my brother Matthew killed as far as I can reckon it, is one hundred and six. When her husband dies Alice is forced to move home to live with her brother, Matthew. Alice is a refreshing narrator, poised, compassionate and sharp-witted. The female communities and relationships depicted feel very real, whether supportive or corrosive. For every negative female relationship there was a positive one, whether in friendship or between mistress and servant. Set with unbridled determinism for his cause, he appears to have a lot of anger and fear, and uses his cause to rationalise it. Matthew finds communicating with women on a romantic or sexual level difficult, which it is suggested is due to his scarring.

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  1. The Witchfinder's Sister book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Essex, England, With a heavy heart, Alice Hopkins r.

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