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Last Witchfinder

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2007

    Inside the religious mind of a devout hunter of witches

    This book was so fun to read. The premise of great books having a kind of spirit of their own, and also dictating the text of other books to reflect their individual nature was artfully infused with the plot, making a very smooth road to read. I loved the book and the tale, both which were worth the effort to read. This book is not a quick read, you actually need to keep the pace and retain a bit of the humor, which abounds if you are used to quick wit. The historical context of the story and setting are worth the read even if you are not into the humor of books competing against each other for honors! Very original and very entertaining. I have not read a book like this in a very long time. I highly recommend this for history buffs, folks who are into humor, and everyone who has a religious bend to their curious bone when it comes to how religion has justified horrors and dark dramas in human history. Paul Swanson

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2012

    A great read

    Great character development, engaging story line, hard to put down!

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    terrific historical fiction

    When curious Jennet Stearne was a preadolescent her beloved Aunt Isobel Mowbray encouraged scientific learning in her niece and nephew Dunstan on the other hand Jennet¿s father General Walter Stearne was a zealous witchfinder, who severely applied the Parliamentary Witchcraft Act of 1604 to anyone behaving ¿peculiar¿ including inquisitive female scientists who happen to be his sister-in-law. When the thirteen years old Jennet watched the burning of her aunt at the stake as a witch, she knew better and vowed to see the ungodly injustice of that parliamentary act repealed. --- However, Walter apparently crossed the line when he killed Isobel as she was gentry. Forced to leave England in disgrace, a still fanatical Walter takes his two children to Salem, Massachusetts to continue his life¿s work to the point that he ignores the abduction of Isabel by Algonquin Nimacook because he had trials to conduct. Boston postmaster Tobias Crompton eventually rescues Isobel and marries and divorces her. Her passion to end the witch trials hits a crescendo when her brother, a chip off the old block, prosecutes her as a witch her defense provided by Baron de Montesquieu employs Newton's Principia Mathematica. --- This terrific historical fiction novel brings to life the vast impact of the witchcraft trials in England and Massachusetts through the eyes of a heroine who chooses science over the mumbo jumbo of her father and brother. Isobel is courageous as she watches first hand the tragedy of her aunt and others, thrives even under Indian captivity, and ultimately risks her life to prove the nonsense of the witchfinders. James Morrow provides a strong tale of the late seventeenth century war between the enlightenment and the superstitious that seems so intelligently timed with politicians redesigning the same debate. --- Harriet Klausner

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