The Winthrop Woman

The Winthrop Woman

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First published in 1958 and set in the early 17th century, this bestselling novel--and follow-up to Katherine --follows Elizabeth Winthrop, a courageous Puritan woman who finds herself at odds with her heritage and surroundings. A real historical figure, Elizabeth married into the family of Governor John Winthrop of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. In those times of hardship, famine, and Indian attacks, many believed that the only way to prosper was through the strong, bigoted, and theocratic government that John Winthrop favored. Defying the government and her family, Elizabeth befriends famous heretic Anne Hutchinson, challenges an army captain, and dares to love as her heart commanded. Through Elizabeth's three marriages, struggles with her passionate beliefs, and countless rebellions, a powerful tale of fortitude, humiliation, and ultimate triumph shines through.
Publisher: Chicago, IL : Chicago Review Press, c2006.
ISBN: 9781556526442
155652644X
Branch Call Number: SETON A
Characteristics: xvi, 586 pages ; 20 cm.

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EllieEaton
Feb 06, 2014

This is a wonderful historical novel about a specific Puritan family as they emigrate to the Massachusetts Bay Colony. The author was raised in Greenwich and has written many other historical novels.

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ryner
Oct 09, 2006

Anya Seton has certainly done her homework in researching this story of Elizabeth Fones, a true historical figure in 17th-century Puritan New England. Despite marrying into the powerful Winthrop family of Boston, Elizabeth has difficulty conforming to expectations for a woman, nearly risking her very life in a time of suspicion, violence, religious zeal and political anxiety. Eventually, she is forced to flee from New England entirely with her tormented second husband, although this new life brings her little peace. Although her troubles are by no means over, with her third and final marriage Elizabeth finally has an opportunity to marry for love. Ms. Seton has an amazing way of bringing characters from the past to life. I highly recommend all of her works.

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