The Wise Woman: A Novel Paperback – May 27 2008
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From Publishers Weekly
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.
From Library Journal
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.
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Top Customer Reviews
All in all this quite an unpleasant book, and is difficult to read at times. My impression of this genre is that it is intended to be somewhat historically accurate but also entertaining. This story is interesting, probably fairly historically accurate but not at all entertaining -- it left me with a bad feeling
1. This book is for mature readers only.
2. This is her edgiest work yet.
While others found the subject matter off-putting, I was just the opposite. I found it hugely entertaining and so completely engrossing that once I started this novel, I couldn't put it down for a second. One section in particular, I won't elaborate and spoil the story, actually made my skin crawl. I can't remember the last time a book had that effect on me. Maybe the difference is that I don't actually believe in witch craft or spiritual powers, and therefore saw it as a completely fictional story. I was able to just enjoy the plot, rather than worrying about the subject matter.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is mature enough to deal with the subject matter. Hard Core Witch Craft, Intense sex and Unrepentant violence. I equate it to just about any HBO show, so if you like HBO, you'll probably like this book.
Also, if you enjoyed this book, you'll really like the "Wideacre" trilogy (also by Phillipa Gregory). It is more tame than 'the wise woman', but it has some pretty crazy plot lines of it's own.
The book depicts a depraved justice system as well as negative attitudes towards women at the time. The two main female characters in the book derived worth from the fact that they were pregnant with a son presumably.
Most recent customer reviews
I really didn't care for this book. If this is the first Philippa Gregory book you've read, please don't be put off because it's nothing like her other great works. Read morePublished on May 4 2011 by Barbara
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