I hope you have been enjoying blogtober so far! I cannot believe it has been two weeks of Blogtober already, as today marks Blogtober Day 14! Today’s post is another book review of The Manningtree Witches by A.K.BLAKEMORE.
This has been on my TBR list for the longest time. Having moved to a little town not far from Manningtree last year, meant that when I saw this book in the shop just after I moved I knew I had to pick it up. I then put it on my shelf to read and I never got round to it. (I buy far too many books) I have now started another chapter in my life and moved again. I thought this was a great time especially during spooky season to pick it up again.
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.
The Manningtree Witches plunges its readers into the fever and menace of the English witch trials, where suspicion, mistrust and betrayal ran amok as the power of men went unchecked and the integrity of women went undefended. It is a visceral, thrilling book that announces a bold new talent.
Format: Paperback (295 pages) Publisher: Granta
Publication date: 28th October 2021 Genre: Historical Fiction
The book is based on real events, you know that I love me some witch stories and information about the witch trials. It is one subject in history that I cannot help but find myself being so invested in learning the stories. The Manningtree Witches is an account of the events that took place during the persecution of a group of women by a famous “Witchfinder General” Matthew Hopkins. Who upon doing some research wasnt the worlds nicest man.
This story is brought to us from the perspective of one of the women of the village. The story has witness testimony and descriptions of the horrific interrogation of the women that Matthew Hopkins accused of Witchcraft.
It is a book full of some serious emotions and had me drawn in from the beginning. It also led me on the rollercoaster of emotions.
It wouldn’t be fair to give a full review in detail because I feel like I run the risk of spoiling things for you but wow what a beautifully disturbing read. That tells all the stories in the most wonderful manner. It is a tough read full of emotions but one I could not recommend enough.
Does this sound like a book you would like?