The Manningtree Witches

by A K Blakemore

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    Fiction

    Hardback

    Published by Granta Books

    Published March 2021

    12.99 Owl loyalty points

    Fear takes root in the women of Manningtree when the Witchfinder General comes to town. Caught amidst betrayal and persecution, what must Rebecca West do to survive?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. When a child falls ill with a fever and starts to rave about covens and pacts, the questions take on a bladed edge.

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