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Mary Sharratt

Autor/a de Daughters of the Witching Hill

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Obres de Mary Sharratt

Daughters of the Witching Hill (2010) 558 exemplars
The Vanishing Point (2006) 225 exemplars
The Dark Lady's Mask (2016) 87 exemplars
Ecstasy: A Novel (2018) 87 exemplars
The Real Minerva (2006) 86 exemplars
Summit Avenue (2000) 83 exemplars
Revelations (2021) 49 exemplars
En Tierra Salvaje 1 exemplars

Obres associades

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Thirteenth Annual Collection (2000) — Col·laborador — 332 exemplars
Twin Cities Noir (2006) — Col·laborador — 83 exemplars
Best Lesbian Love Stories 2003 (2003) — Col·laborador — 37 exemplars
Enchanted Living, #48 Autumn 2019: Witch Issue (2019) — Col·laborador — 1 exemplars


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Nom normalitzat
Sharratt, Mary
Data de naixement
Lloc de naixement
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Llocs de residència
Lancashire, England, UK
Literary Loft Center
Premis i honors
WILLA Literary Award (2005)



Hildegard von Bingen is probably one of the most fascinating figures of the Medieval era that we know about.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. It offered an intimate look into the life of a fascinating character. However, I felt that the main character was not Hildegard of Bingen that I know about from the historical sources.

I felt that Mary Sharratt wrote for a particular audience who wanted Hildegard more subversive than mystical, more a feminist than a Christian nun. In reality, she could have been all these things to an extent, but the way Sharratt portrays her seems anachronistic.

If only there was more emphasis on the mystical, religious experience, that would make Hildegard more authentic to me. In this book, her faith was described more like background noise, than something that she was wholeheartedly celebrating in everything she did.

Also, some things felt like forced dramatic elements: the depiction of Jutta as the "bride of death", her brother as sexually abusing her and sapphic feelings between Hildegard and her fellow nun.

That aside, the first part of the novel was especially poignant. The life of an anchorite is described in such great detail. It was very moving, terrifying really.

So, for me, this is a 3.5 stars read, rounded up to 4 because it did hold my attention to the end, despite its flaws.
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ZeljanaMaricFerli | Hi ha 33 ressenyes més | Mar 4, 2024 |
A fictionalized retelling of the Pendle of The Witch Trials of 1612, inspired by true events. Sharratt’s Pendle is a town where Grandmother Bess and Granddaughter Alizon live below the poverty line. Locals suspect them of bad things happening to them because they are poor and vulnerable. To feed their small family, Bess provides healing, herbal remedies, and fortune-telling. Her craft is also being taught to Alizon and her neighbor Anne. The situation worsens as a magistrate manipulates Alizon into admitting to witchcraft.

Towards the end of the book, I wasn’t sure what I felt.

It explores the interesting idea of a thin line between religion and superstition, but does not provide a real conflict between the two. The book's treatment of accused women's witchcraft cannot captivate.

The author never explains the familiars. They seemed unnecessary to the plot. I found this story to be very relational, and I enjoyed the emphasis on friendship, family, and loyalty. Also, the author handles the arrests and trials of the suspected witches. She presents an accurate portrayal of the legal system in that era in her text.

The bad news is that it wasn’t the right choice for me.

You can see all my reviews here
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mysticalmanuscripts | Hi ha 44 ressenyes més | Oct 25, 2023 |
A historical novel of the middle ages centered on a women who lived an extraordinary life, Hildegard von Bingen. The author captures the essence of the age and the wonders of an abbess who was a composer of music and a healer. Her mystic visions are presented alongside her less that risk averse behavior in a fascinating age.
jwhenderson | Hi ha 33 ressenyes més | Jul 19, 2023 |
archivomorero | Hi ha 1 ressenya més | May 21, 2023 |



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