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Newes from the Dead by Mary Hooper
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May 14, 10

bookshelves: historical-fiction, junior-high, senior-high
Read from April 26 to May 14, 2010

Anne Green was just your average English maid in 1650. She worked for a noble family and didn't get along well with her other servants, when the grandson of her master began to show her some extra attention. Poor Anne was not used to being an object of desire and eventually gave into the grandson, wooed by promises that he would raise her up out of poverty and make her a lady. Anne's situation worsened when she found that she was pregnant. She tried to hide her pregnancy but eventually gave birth to a still born child, when it was discovered everyone was shocked, and even more shocked by news of who the father was. To hide his family's embarrassment, her lord had Anne convicted of infanticide and sentenced to hang.

Anne walked to the scaffold on a cold winter morning, protesting her innocence until she was eventually pushed off the ladder. She hung by the neck for over thirty minutes with relatives hanging on her legs and beating her breast to speed her on her way. Her body was given to a medical school to be dissected for the benefit of science but shortly before the doctors were to cut into Anne's belly, a student noticed her eyelids twitching.

I listened to this on audio and I really liked it. Anne is enveloped in darkness, unsure of where she is but supposing it to be purgatory she begins to relate her tale, alternating chapters with the medical student who first notices her eyelid movement. There is a great afterward that includes some of the original documents telling of Anne Green's amazing escape from death.
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