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Daughters of the Witching Hill characters ¶ 107 ☆ In Daughters of the Withching Hill Mary Sharratt brings history to life in a vivid and wrenching novel of strong women family and betrayal inspired by the 1612 Pendle witch trialsBess Southerns an impoverished widow lives with her children in a crumbling old tower in Pendle Forest DrIn Daughters of the Withching Hill Mary Sharratt brings history to life in a vivid and wrenching novel of strong women family and betrayal inspired by the 1612 Pendle witch trialsBess Southerns an impoverished widow lives with her children in a crumbling old tower in Pendle Forest Drawing on Catholic ri. 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

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Tual medicinal herbs and guidance from her spirit friend Tibb Bess heals the sick and foretells the future in exchange for food and drink As she ages she instructs her best friend Anne and her granddaughter Alizon in her craft Though Anne ultimately turns to dark magic Alizon intends to use her craft fo. 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

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Daughters of the Witching HillR good But when a peddler suffers a stroke after exchanging harsh words with Alizon a local magistrate tricks her into accusing her family and neighbors of witchcraft Suspicion and paranoia reach frenzied heights as friends and loved ones turn on one another and the novel draws to an inevitable conclusi. 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