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The author of the Wideacre trilogy presents a historical romance about a 16th-century English witch.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This new novel by the author of Wideacre (S. & S., 1987) and other popular historical fiction profiles a woman versed in charms, conjuring, and fortune-telling who nonetheless falls into catastrophic misfortunes time after time. Escaping from an English convent, young Alys learns the arts of healing and magic from the "wise woman" who takes her in. Her struggle to find an independent life takes her among an array of characters, including a mediocre lover, a sickly old man still very much in control of the lives around him, and two challenging women: Marach and Mother Hildebrande. Gregory weaves a vivid tapestry of life in the 16th century, including plenty of sex, as the narrative strains toward a not-unexpected end.
- M.E. Chitty, Fairchild International Lib. Inst. , Plainfield, N.J.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This is an odd book in that it is totally devoid of any sympathetic characters. I believe it accurately portrays the predicament of women during the 16th century and gives some... Read morePublished 3 months ago by robkamm
This book is one of the best books I've ever read, I couldn't put it down. It does deal with mature themes so I wouldn't recommend it for a very young person but what do you expect... Read morePublished on April 22 2012 by Elisha
The main character is 16 years old but don't let that fool you. Half way through the book you come to realize this book is not what you thought it was and totally inappropriate... Read morePublished on July 30 2009 by Melody
I sum up my opinion of this book simply: had this been the first Phillipa Gregory book that I had read, I would have never gone on to read "The Queen's Fool" or "The Other Boleyn... Read morePublished on Jan. 16 2005
Wise Woman is a brilliant,wickedly honest addition to the midieval genre. After reading this I had to read all of Philippa Gregory's novels. Read morePublished on April 6 2004 by Philip Bewley