The Witch's Trinity
The year is 1507, and a friar has arrived in Tierkinddorf, a remote German village nestled deeply in the woods. The village has been suffering a famine, and the villagers are desperately hungry. The friar’s arrival is a miracle, and when he claims he can restore the town to prosperity, the men and women gathered to hear him rejoice. The friar has a book called the Malleus...more
I found this book absolutely fascinating and it certainly made me think about the...more
I do have to say, though - there was one scene that actually had me cringing and worried about losing my lunch. Erika Mailman described the scene - removal of bandages after the stone test - in such a way that I felt every tear of skin, heard every scream, and smelled each new smell.
I probably would have...more
Human nature can be strange. The mentality of a mob for example, shows how brutal people can become when surrounded by others who are filled with passionate anger.
Erika Mailman shows us through the eyes of an elderly woman what it would have been like to live in the Middle Ages when witchcraft was thought to be the cause of any misfortune.
The famine described in this small village of Tierkinddorf, Germany is haunting. It made me feel strange reading the...more
Gude's perspective had me confused at times to the extent that I was on the verge of disliking the book for containing unnecessary plot points. But understanding came to me by the time I finished the novel and I might urge other readers who might consider themselves "a bi...more
So, a book to be read with seriousness. Chapters are headed with the Malleus Maleficarum, to remind readers th...more
In his book, Hawthorne mediates on sin and what constitutes the worst sin. He presents us with a trinity of sins (Hester's, Dimmesdale's, and Chillingworth's). He looks at how the society of the time, how the reader,...more
Erika Mailman created a double-edged sword with this book. The same things that kept my interest and made me catch my breath several times were also things that horrified me and made me want to stop reading the book. I'd heard...more
This was very well told, vividly im...more
The Witch's Trinity is about Gude, an old German woman who happens upon unfortunate circumstances. During a year when crops refuse to harvest and a village that once once filled aplenty has to go without, people start to point fingers as to who...more
The tale is quick moving while at the same time it carries such weight that it is stunning. Truly transporting. There is a point in the story where the chara...more
The story takes place in 16th century Germany, in a small village wracked by famine. The narrator is an elderly woman named Gude who...more
The atmosphere that Mailman has created here is dark and oppressive, and the characters completely rounded and believable, so you really care about their fates. She's clearly done a lot of research and it shows!
My only gripe was the rat...more