Sunday, 20 February 2011

Kathleen Kent: The Heretic's Daughter

Martha Carrier was hanged on August 19th 1692 in Salem, Massachusetts, unyielding in her refusal to admit to being a witch. Like her mother, young Sarah Carrier is bright and wilful, openly challenging the small, brutal world in which they live. She narrates the story of her early life in Andover, near Salem. As Sarah and her brothers are also hauled into the prison, the vicious cruelty of the trials is apparent, as the Carrier family, along with other innocents, are starved and deprived of any decency, battling their way through the hysteria with the sheer willpower their mother has taught them.

This was a fascinating story about the witch trials. Harrowing and gruesome at times but still quite uplifting and positive after all.

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