The premise of any good historical novel is that it transports you back into the era in which it occurs. The Witch Hunter’s Sister, by Beth Underdown, is one such novel. From the moment you begin reading you feel as if you are a part of the world of 1645. You know what it is like to walk to streets of London, and traverse the idyll English countryside.
You understand the day to day grind of life. You learn what it is to be poor, rich, and a rising merchant. You understand the politics of the era, and you are caught up in the plight of the people effected by strife, hunger, and disease. We learn about religious wars, famine, and uncertainty of life that so frightened the average person to the point that they would condemn their lifelong neighbors to a horrible death.
The heroine of our story Alice Hopkins, takes us on her journey as a recently widowed pregnant young woman, and the travails that she must endure. We learn of a woman’s place in society. We learn what is expected of her. We learn above all, what made women singularly vulnerable to the toxic beliefs that so permeated that time period.
The Witch Hunter’s Sister is taken from the actual diaries of Mathew Hopkins. A true witch hunter of the day, who personally condemned over 100 women to the gallows. You are brought into Mathew’s world, of power, intrigue, and fervor. You learn of the incessant obsession, and the fear that it engendered throughout the countryside.
Any reader who is fascinated by the stories of the Salem Witch Trials, will be drawn into this novel. For before Salem, there truly was Mathew Hopkins.
This book will be available March2, 2017.