Devil Water

Devil Water

by Anya Seton


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Part One Of Two Parts

DEVIL WATER is the true story of Charles Radcliffe, who escaped from Newgate prison in 1715 after his brother's execution, and of his daughter Jenny. Jenny was the child of a secret marriage; father and daughter share a strong and abiding affection.

When Jenny immigrates to America, she and her father suffer years of separation. The themes of this book are loyalty and courage.

Like all of Seton's books, this one combines thoroughly documented history with superb storytelling.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780848803186
Publisher: Amereon, Limited
Publication date: 01/01/1977

About the Author

Anya Seton is the author of the bestselling historical novels Katherine, Green Darkness, Dragonwyck, Avalon, and The Winthrop Woman. Philippa Gregory is the author of many bestselling novels, including The Constant Princess, The Other Boleyn Girl, and The Queen's Fool.

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Devil Water 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book leaves you wanting more. It is on the same level as Katherine in my opinion. This story has little to do with it's title. It is mainly about the real-life Charles Ratcliffe and his obsession/fight to put his royal cousin on the throne of England during the early 1700s. Because of Radcliffe's religion, he had to endure much. Along the way, he tries to enlist the support of his former fiance Betty Lee and his devoted daughter Jenny, who resides in colonial America at the time. This might be tragic. I won't give the ending away, but it is definitely well worth the read. It is also interesting to know that Ratcliffe was the last person to die for the Stuart cause in England. Trust me, this is one of the best books you will ever read by an outstanding author.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the Jacobite Rebellions have seldom been more poinient. James Derwentwater, doomed, proud and unrepetant goes to his death with honor. The book centers on his youngest brother, Charles, and his continued fight to avenge his brother's death and his struggles to assist as he can the lovely child born of his tyrst with a border lass. there is a good dollop of history, mixed with faciniating what if's and it is a fun read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
a heartbreaking story all the more because it's based on fact
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great early view of life in Virginia. And the great strugle to put King James Stuart back on the Thown of England
susanpenter on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Anya Seton once again delivers a fantastic novel, her level of historic research is not often matched. It is very rare that you find contemporary novels of this quality although there are contemporary novelists writing about historical era with the same passion and accuracy.
amandacb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Devil Water is a saga about a family living in Jacobean England. Charles Radcliffe and his older brother, James, the Earl, join a revolution to foist the German king from the throne of England and replace him with ¿the Pretender,¿ the ¿true king of England,¿ James. However, the rebellion is quashed and both brothers end up in prison. The rest of the novel covers Charles¿s prison escape, subsequent run on the lam, remarriage, and relationship with his child, Jenny.What I particularly liked about this novel is the ever-changing locale¿from the northern moors of England to the soot-swept streets of London to the brisk winds of Calais to the green-gilded lands of Virginia. The love story between Jenny and Rob is predictable and trite, and truly detracted from an otherwise epic saga. The relationship between the brothers is too swift and given far too little attention, as the dichotomy between "good" brother and "bad" brother is an interesting tension.Furthermore, another (rather minor) annoyance is the abundance of comma splices throughout the novel. For instance: ¿It might be that Betty had helped him, at least he was still alive, though that might also be chance, since a few other condemned Jacobites had not been summoned¿ (199) and ¿The Captain shouted his orders, the ship proceeded the mile and a half upriver to Harrison¿s Landing, which was as bustling as Westover¿s had been deserted¿ (352). Those are just a couple of examples in a book rife with them; however, if you¿re not a grammarian, these mistakes probably won¿t bother you.
Misfit on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am so pleased that this author's novels are being reprinted, I have thoroughly enjoyed each and every one of them, especially Katherine. This is a fascinating tale, based upon the Radcliffs of Derentwater (Devil Water), staunch catholics and loyal to the Stuart cause, and descended from Charles II via the wrong side of the blanket. Charles Radcliff, the younger brother has a secret marriage to a lower born woman who gives birth to the love of his life, his daughter Jenny. The story takes you from the moors of Northumberland to the Jacobite rebellion of '15 to the tobacco farms of Virginia, and back again to London for a nail biting finish after the final Jacobite rebellion and the battle at Culloden. Seton has a wonderful way of setting her scenes so that you can almost feel you are right there with it. I also enjoyed her way of writing different dialects (the Northumbrians, and the Virginia "twangs"), which definitely enhance the reading experience. All in all a higly entertaining read, and one I will pick up again and again over the years. It's not quite up to the same par as Katherine (that's a 10 star book in my rating) or the Winthrop Woman but definitely worth the time, especially for any lover of historical fiction.
bollix on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A little tedious in the Jacobite sections, but the personal story makes up for it. Also, Anya Seton is very very thorough in her research.
jayne_charles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This began and ended quite well but I felt it sagged a bit in the middle like a bad souffle, and I found myself counting pages to the end. Some fascinating sections in the jail - it seemed if you were a member of the gentry and had enough money you could pretty much come and go as you pleased. Funny what you pick up in these historical novels.
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