The Winthrop Woman

The Winthrop Woman

by Anya Seton
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The Winthrop Woman 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The novel, set against a historical backdrop filled with well known personages of the time, both English and Dutch, lovingly chronicles and explores Elizabeth's passage in life as a member of the illustrious Winthrop family, her troubled marriages, her relationship with the Siwanot Indians, and the trials and tribulations that she underwent as a compassionate, independent woman in a time when to be such was to destine oneself to become a pariah within the larger community. This is a historical novel that is epic in its telling, beautifully written, and one to be savored until the very last page is turned. I have never read a historical novel (and I've read many) that has stayed with me to the same degree. For anyone who is interested in the early days of American colonial development and who has a love of history and human courage and resiliance, this book is a gift. Elizabeth Winthrop was strong and courageous in days when women had few choices and little support. She is an inspiration and a touchstone, and reminds one that although generations pass, the human heart doesn't change that much at all. I believe Seton carefully researched this book, so the essence is historically accurate, and it provides a fascinating window into life in the 1600s in New England. As a member of the austerely Puritan Winthrop family, Elizabeth would chafe under its restrictive influences. When the family fortunes abated in England due to the religious beliefs of the family patriarch, John Winthrop, Elizabeth's uncle and father-in-law, the entire family sets off for the New World to become founding members of the Massachusetts Bay colony, a theocracy under which Elizabeth was to know much heartache. Elizabeth would have a number of personal situations that would cause her to become notorious amongst the Puritan colonists. She would be both reviled and admired for her actions, which were singular for those times. This is an absorbing, page turner of a book that takes a look at sixteenth century England during the tumultuous time that preceded the civil war that would see an act of regicide and the rise of Puritan Oliver Cromwell. It also relates the turmoil that underlay the government of the nascent Massachusetts Bay colony with all its factionalism, restrictive practices, and bigotry.   
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book the first time in the 1960's and have read it five or six more times since. It is one of my all-time favorite books. She was an incredibly courageous woman in an era when the odds were stacked against women. I learned, after the second reading, that Elizabeth Winthrop and William Hallet are ancestors. Thank goodness for the third man in her life, who, as it turns out, was the 'love of her life.' I took it off the shelf the other day and read it again.
gillette62 More than 1 year ago
I started reading it, because I am related to the main characters. I found it so exciting It was hard to put down the closer you got to the end. I loved it.
murphyKM More than 1 year ago
I enjoy historical fiction and I could not book this book down. The Winthrop family were an actual family from England who traveled to settle in "the new world". The hardships they endured gave me a new respect for our forefathers. The story is amazing!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful history of New England and includes a good story, too. I first read this book thirty years ago and the images remain with me to this day. Seton has captured early New England and also the character essence of Elizabeth. This book is a delight for all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this 500# page book in a matter of days...It was a fascinating story made all the more fascinating by the fact that it was based on a real historical colonial woman. She led an amazing life and I rooted for her all through the book!! It is a must-read!! Do not be intimidated by the amount of pages, the story will keep your attention and you will be sad to see it end!!! Loved it....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely loved it!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the best books Ive ever read, Most thrilling, really left you wanting more. The best part was it was historically true. If you like reading about the Colonial period this is a must.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ms. Seton's works appear to be well researched, so her characters, setting, themes and plot are fully developed and captivating. She gives historic events new life. However, her works are just too wordy. The impact of her tale is weakened because she seems determined to use as many words as possible rather than being more selective and spare. Redundancy is tiresome for the reader and is a common weakness in many historic novels. by aj west
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had interest because my Grandmother's family came over on the Mayflower. Great story and wonderful depiction of early American lives.
peaga More than 1 year ago
Did not think it was really going to grab me, but it REALLY did. I love history and found the true events quite a thrill. What a rough life to begin this new country.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anya Seton is a thorough researcher and a compelling writer, particularly in her ability to bring history to life. The Winthrop Woman deals with a lesser known member of the influential New England Winthrop family--a woman who bucked tradition and stereotypes and endured great hardship in the early years of the English settlement of New England. This is a long book (around 700 pages in eBook format), but it moves at a good pace, the characters are believable, and the historical facts well authenticated. If you like historical fiction that is not mere froth, this is a good book for you.
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