[Reading] ➶ The Heretic's Daughter By Kathleen Kent – Horse-zine.co.uk

The Heretic's Daughter summary The Heretic's Daughter, series The Heretic's Daughter, book The Heretic's Daughter, pdf The Heretic's Daughter, The Heretic's Daughter fd344011eb Martha Carrier Was One Of The First Women To Be Accused, Tried And Hanged As A Witch In Salem, Massachusetts Like Her Mother, Young Sarah Carrier Is Bright And Willful, Openly Challenging The Small, Brutal World In Which They Live Often At Odds With One Another, Mother And Daughter Are Forced To Stand Together Against The Escalating Hysteria Of The Trials And The Superstitious Tyranny That Led To The Torture And Imprisonment Of Than People Accused Of Witchcraft This Is The Story Of Martha S Courageous Defiance And Ultimate Death, As Told By The Daughter Who SurvivedKathleen Kent Is A Tenth Generation Descendant Of Martha Carrier She Paints A Haunting Portrait, Not Just Of Puritan New England, But Also Of One Family S Deep And Abiding Love In The Face Of Fear And Persecution


10 thoughts on “The Heretic's Daughter

  1. says:

    5 illuminating, tragic, intricate stars 7th Favorite Read of 2016 tie I am amazed that this is a first novel The book is a very fine specimen of very fine historical fiction.Not only that but the author is a tenth generation descendant of this family from 1690s Massachusetts during the height of the Salem Witch Trials The novel is from the perspective of Sarah Carrier, a ten year old girl, who experiences the difficulties and challenges of this historical period in New England This author is such an amazing storyteller She describes the landscapes, townscapes to a vivid degree, the minutiae of daily life,the complex sociology of the community to the interelationships and inner lives of the inhabitants The conditions at the best of times are challenging but at the worst of times the author takes you into the suffering to such a degree that you start to panic and frantically want to skip pages or take long breaks from reading Until reading this book I did not fully understand how these atrocities could occur at the hysterical rantings of a few teenage girls The book unfolds in such a careful yet hypnotic fashion that not only are you a reader but you become a witness to the plight of not only the Carrier family but to the adult and child witches that were accused and convicted of such utter nonsense The writing is rich, intelligent and interesting And what finally of the tortures of a guilty soul What concoction is there that can be chewed and swallowed and downed in the belly to force the poison of self recrimination back through the the pores in the skin In what organ of the body does it reside A seeping wound can be bound Salve can be dabbed to a burn or a swelling bubo Poison can be drawn with a leech, or a lance But guilt is a ghost that takes the shape of the body it inhabits and consumes all that is tender within its shell brain, bowels, and heart I cannot pluck it out like a splinter of glass or treat it with herbal brew I am so excited to have discovered a new favorite author and very much want to read her other novels Thank you Ms Kent for writing this book and I am sorry your ancestors suffered so


  2. says:

    for where there are women, there are witches. In 1692, jealous relatives, some pissed off neighbors, and a disgruntled former employee united to accuse an entire family of witchcraft Since it was the good old days of guilty until proven innocent, they were tossed into a literal dungeon to rot Forget zombies, ghosts, and vampires other people are the true monsters here.A scary, scary cautionary tale about the abuse of power, and the dangers of a theocracy.Let s not let this happen again, okay


  3. says:

    I won this here at GOODREADS While it seemed slow in the beginning, boring even, it was just that very thing that made this book very powerful in it s representation of the events surrounding The Salem Witch Trials.The first half of the book was a day to day in the life a 9 year old girl, Sarah Carrier of Andover, giving me a feel for life in 17th Century New England.When the book gets to the accusations, the fear is palpable As events spiral out of control, the novel sheds a light in the darkness that radiates outward from the trials This novel is not so much about the Trials themselves, although giving the fact of the trials, it s about the family left behind while Sarah s mother was sent to prison and awaiting sentencing And conditions in the prison where Sarah and her brothers are held once they are accused also were horrific The depair, and awfulness of it all, hit me like a ton of bricks But the novel is not all doom and gloom as we see the family bonds and strength of character in our main characters.A powerful novel.


  4. says:

    A compelling historic drama about one of the darkest chapter s in America s history the Salem witch trials.Told through the eyes of Sarah Cartier, who as an intelligent and curious child finds her life turned into a nightmare when her mother Martha, a herbalist and healer is accused of of witchcraft Her entire family is hounded, humiliated and and starved before being sent to a hellish prison.A richly atmospheric novel of insane and cruel hysteria driven by cruel and malevolent preachers.Told through the experiences of childhood, when the youngest children could be jailed and tortured for witchcraft and where even pets are executed for being allegedly mediums This bigoted fanatical savagery is now taking place across the Islamic world The parallels are disturbing.Richly written , compelling and highly recommended.


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    Hyssop for cough Rosemary for fever A sprig of mint to cleanse ill humors from the mouth Slippery elm for the midwife Horse chestnut for stiffness of limb Golden bough for palsy But what is the cure for rage And what of the tortures of a guilty mind A seeping wound can be bound Salve can be dabbed to a burn or a swelling bubo Poison can be drawn with a leech, or a lance But guilt is a ghost that takes the shape of the body it inhabits and consumes all that is tender within its shell The Heretic s Daughter by Kathleen Kent is largely the story of Martha Carrier, the Andover witch , as told from the perspective of her young daughter Sarah After unknowingly bringing smallpox with them to their new home in Andover, the Carrier family quickly incurs the enmity of their neighbors, even as growing illness delivers them a staggering loss With the terrible malady behind them, the Carriers try to return to life as usual planting their four acres of wheat and corn, tending their livestock, trying to hold their heads up in a town full of spiteful, resentful people.Sarah soon begins to conceive of a feud of sorts between her parents and her uncle, regarding the house and land left to them by her grandmother When supposed supernatural activity in nearby Salem leads to frenzy and panic, the family quarrel is escalated as Sarah s uncle and cousin fan the fires of agitation, leading to the arrest and trial of Martha Carrier Before she is taken away by the constable, Martha explains to Sarah that when they are unable to get a confession from her, they will come and take Sarah and her brothers away Knowing her fate, she advises Sarah to tell the court whatever they want to hear, in order that she and her brothers may go free When Sarah and her brothers are examined in court, they are given no choice but to do as their mother bade them and speak out against her.Kathleen Kent s description of Puritan life is vivid and unrelenting Central to the story is the mother daughter relationship between Martha and Sarah Carrier At the beginning of the book, Sarah thinks of her mother as cold and severe As the story progresses however, she shares confidences with her mother, and is able by the end to proclaim herself to truly be her mother s daughter Kent s portrayal of the Salem witch trials was well researched and compelling I won t say it was easy to read there was much suffering, and The Heretic s Daughter was at times extremely difficult to read without tears for the brave men, women and children who proclaimed their innocence even unto the end of their lives Their story was tragic and disturbing, and will stay with me for a long time.


  6. says:

    An outstanding first novel Kathleen Kent is a direct descendant of Martha Carrier, the novel s heroine who was hanged in 1692 at the height of the Salem witch trials Kent spent five years researching and writing this novel of her heritage, and the result is exceptional The prose is solid and smooth, and the portrayal of late 17th century New England is rich with fascinating details of life in that era.The story is told through the eyes of Martha s daughter Sarah Carrier, who is aged ten at the time of the events.A large early portion of the book builds a background showing the many factors leading to the fear and hysteria surrounding the accusations Life was hard and people were superstitious They needed someone or something to blame for smallpox epidemics, fires, Indian raids, miscarriages, and crop failures Long standing animosity between neighbors and relatives led to vengeful naming of enemies as witches in order to save oneself from hanging.This is a tragic part of our history in which children as young as four years of age were manacled and imprisoned for witchcraft At the same time, it is a tribute to the strength and character of Martha Carrier, the only woman in the colonies to face down and challenge her accusers.It s also a tribute to the gift of mother love, such that you may find yourself wiping the tears from your cheeks.


  7. says:

    When I was manning a booth for the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America at the Mountain and Plains Independent Booksellers Association conference, I picked up an ARC Advanced Reading Copy of this book that was published in September I just finished it and I highly recommend it The book is beautifully written, powerful, and gives you a clear, emotion filled picture through the eyes of a girl living in late 1600 s Andover, Massachusetts near Salem , of what life was like back then with its Indian attacks, smallpox, terribly hard toil, poverty, and ominous whispers of witchcraft You ll need a box of tissues nearby near the end as you read about whole families, including women and children, being tortured into confessing to witchcraft then thrown into jail to starve because their relatives are too poor to pay to feed them I think it s an important book to read and discuss because it shows how corrupt men in power can turn the dangerous forces of ignorance and fear to their greedy own ends It s a message for our times.


  8. says:

    This historically accurate story allows the reader to be immersed into the Carrier family s Puritan life in Massachusetts and the Salem Witch Trials It is a hauntingly written tale and definitely made me angry, uncomfortable, and just plain sad Kathleen Kent is a descendant of Martha Carrier, who was hung for witchcraft in 1692 The story is told from the perspective of Martha s daughter as she looks back on her life and tries to come to terms with her familial relationships and the events that shaped her life I certainly appreciated Kent s desire to write the book, and it is beautifully written I did find it slow moving at times and little disturbing to read But I found out after I finished reading this book that Elizabeth Sessions who marries Richard Carrier at the end of the book is my 8th Great Grand Aunt I m sure many in this country have ancestors impacted by this dark history, and it is a story that should not be forgotten.


  9. says:

    I am going to say right off the bat that had this been written from Martha Carrier s perspective I think I would have liked this book Instead it was written through her daughter s eyes and because of that you only know what her daughter knows Which isn t much considering she s under 13 for much of the book and living in the 1600 s for God s sake where kids weren t privy to the adult information This book was for me the life of a young girl on a farm in the 1600 s with a bit of Salem Witch Trial thrown in with that story I loved the writing and I m impressed by this first time author for doing a wonderful job of making me feel like I was living in a dungeon and without a shower for most of the book for that matter I just think I would have enjoyed the adult perspective better because there were alot of things as the reader I had questions about that I feel only Martha could have answered for me.


  10. says:

    The Salem Witch trials has always fascinated me, so perhaps I am biased, but I loved.loved loved this book Sarah Carrier is an interesting narrator since she sees the proceedings as a child might, but with a teen s relationship with her unusual mother I was amazed by how readily the people of Salem were to believe the tales of witchcraft as the net ever expanded wider and wider How many women were left untouched in the Salem area Is this another allegory for our times how readily people are to believe the most evil tales


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