For some reason WordPress wouldn’t let me reblog this yesterday so it’s a day late – but thanks to Rosie for featuring Matthew Hopkins for letter M of the AtoZChallenge.
Day 13 of the April A to Z Challenge, my theme is characters from books I’ve read, plus some audience participation.
Letter M is from Matthew Hopkins from The Black Hours by Alison Williams
The Black Hours is a book that thinks about the actual lives of ordinary people who are mixed up in a period of history that is well publicised. Set in England around 1647, a time of Civil War and strong religious times. This book looks at the famous Witch Trials.
The author has interpreted some of the documented names and facts into a thoughtful story about the horrors of the period. We meet Alice Pendle and her Grandmother Maggie, wise women of Coggeshall who have used herbs and ointments to help and heal the villagers for years. When their midwifery skills result in the unfortunate death of a mother and child, people start to whisper.
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