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
AND...it was okay.
The story takes place in sixteenth century rural Germany at a time when Christianity is slowly replacing, or rather merging with, pagan traditions.
The story is told by Gude, an aging widow, who is probably suffering from something like Alzheimers further complicated by inadequate nutrition. As such Gude's narrative is completely rational and lucid at one moment and d ...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
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
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
It was a bit slow in the beginning (for the first twenty pages or so, anyway) and to be honest I thought my general dislike of Irmeltrud as a character would spoil the whole book for me. It didn't.
This novel touches on several sensitive subjects: treatment of the elderly, gender equality, and religious persecution being the big three.
One of the things that usually turns me off in a novel that's in English but about a different country is that sometimes, the author over ...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
False accusations start to fly and an innocent woman is tortured and burned because she is the village's eldest resident and also the healer so she must be a witch. When her death changes nothing, the villagers start whispering to the friar about who it may be and others are sentenced on the flimsiest of ev ...more
The author does a fantastic job of capturing the main character (an old woman) and describing what she experiences... be it actual witches covens in the woods, waking dreams, or hunger delusions. There's also some rea ...more
In addition to being a wonderfully absorbing work of fiction, Mailman’s writing casts needed light on a shameful part of our history an ...more
There seems to be a sea of information on the internet about Erika Mailman, most are snippets. I can’t pinpoint exact details. http://www.erikamailman.com/about-erika/ this is Erika’s web page and the best place to find out more. Since I can’t find the correct information, I won’t go into the writer’s bio.
The witch’s Trinity takes place in Germany 1507, over the course of a hard winter that has brought famine to the land. The villagers are starved and wrought with desperation. A friar comes to ...more
This was very well told, vividly im ...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 Catholic Church, limited understanding of the world around them, and lingering superstition of the Dark Ages come together in a perfect storm and give rise to the trails of witchcraft that swept throu ...more