by Annelisa Christensen
Publication Date: July 14, 2016
The Conrad Press
Paperback & eBook; 454 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
In seventeenth-century London, thirteen years after the plague and twelve years after the Great Fire, the restoration of King Charles II has dulled the memory of Cromwell's puritan rule, yet fear and suspicion are rife. Religious turmoil is rarely far from tipping the scales into hysteria.
Elizabeth Cellier, a bold and outspoken midwife, regularly visits Newgate Prison to distribute alms to victims of religious persecution. There she falls in with the charming Captain Willoughby, a debtor, whom she enlists to gather information about crimes against prisoners, so she might involve herself in petitioning the king in their name.
‘Tis a plot, Madam, of the direst sort.’ With these whispered words Willoughby draws Elizabeth unwittingly into the infamous Popish Plot and soon not even the fearful warnings of her husband, Pierre, can loosen her bond with it.
This is the incredible true story of one woman ahead of her time and her fight against prejudice and injustice.
Copy Received from Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours for an honest review
"The Popish Midwife" by Annelisa Christensen is not a light read, it took me a while to get throught it. Two reasons: the format takes me longer to read and two it is a lengthy read at almost 500 pages. But it is well worth the read. Elizabeth Cellier is a very complex and interesting character. It's hard for me to say if she is a hero or a victim of her time, but she was anything but dull. Coupled with a very complex heroine is a very complex time period. Elizabeth faces many different obstacles, and Christensen doesn't hold back on the reality of the situation women-midwives- catholics faced during this time period. I highly recommend this reading and can definitely say that it is an immersion in 17th Century England with vivid details and an intense storyline.
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