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This is the haunting tale of Hugh and Mary Parsons of Springfield, Massachusetts. Using actual testimony recorded in their depositions and trials, the book recreates the story of this ill fated couple. Happily married in 1645, their life slowly disintegrates into a nightmare of accusations, madness and death. By 1651, Hugh is accused of witchcraft by his own wife and soon ...more
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Published January 10th 2018 by Amazon
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Michael Bully
Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Most impressed by this book. Fair to state that is psychological horror fiction , though based on trial dispositions, concerning Hugh and Mary Parsons in Springfield , Massachusetts, whose marriage lasted from 1645-1651. The book is not study of dramatic claims of possession like Salem in 1692 or and the story does not draw on heavy occultism. And that probably adds to the book's power.
It a slowburner. Hugh and Mary meet, there is a courtship, a sexual attraction, they marry and start a family.
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J.A. Martin
Mar 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Spellbinding

The youngest son of a farmer, Hugh Parsons moves to Massachusetts Bay Colony after completing his apprenticeship, and works hard to make a life for himself. He soon meets Mary Lewis, and desires to marry her, but first her previous marriage must be set aside. It is clear that after their marriage, they find it difficult to get along, but after the death of their son, it becomes clear that they are constantly at war; a war that Mary decides to win.

This is an amazing tale as it follow
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Michelle Henderson
Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
" Felt like the fly trapped in the spider's web" Hugh Parsons (Character)

Readers will take a journey back to the life of the 1600s in this historical fiction story. The story begins with High Parsons' life being controlled by his parents. Hugh had no choice but to become a brick maker even though he wanted to become a farmer. His journey continues in a town called Springfield located in New England. His life spirals out of control after marrying Mary Lewis. He finds himself in court accused of w
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Cheryl Burman
Jun 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
I must read the blurb more carefully as I didn't realise this was a true story until near the end - my apologies, Jean. But it certainly kept me engaged. The historical detail written into this story is amazing and testament to the author's thoroughness. It brought these people very much to life, together with their way of life in those harsh early days. I could see it, smell it, taste it, and freeze through those winters with them. I did, however, find the characters pretty unlovable, which mea ...more
Margaret Potter
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating look at life in the Puritan 1600s. Author does an excellent job of describing life and the hardships of the time. I felt like I was transported and could “see” my surroundings. The story is gripping, entertaining and also educational. I never understood how the witch trials of that era could have happened but after reading this book it is clear. Perhaps the most fascinating part of this story is that the author based it on actual trial transcripts and witness depositions. These were ...more
Janice Harbaugh
May 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In researching for my family tree, I had found Hugh and Mary Parsons after tracing relatives back to their daughter Hannah. The historical documents available were fascinating and I looked for other research. In that process, I found this book. Jean Roberts did excellent research and the parts she had to fill in are well written and could very well be accurate guesses. The Parsons' story is sad and shows how personality and illness were interpreted at the time as witchcraft. A very accurate look ...more
Sue
Sep 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this immensely. The details describing everyday life during that period of time were informative and I could feel the frustration and anguish of dealing with people who read "witchcraft" into every medical symptom or accident. I recommend to anyone with an interest in this. It was easy to read. My only reason for not giving it 5 stars were spelling errors in my kindle version. I don't know who's responsible for that. ...more
Kristine Thurston
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Excellent First Novel on a Lesser-Known Witchcraft Trial

I follow the author's excellent blog on genealogy, which I would recommend to anyone interested in the subject. I thought this debut novel was well researched and written. The period detail is especially good. I look forward to reading Ms Roberts second book.
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Alex Shute
Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book has a story that is great to spend hours reading. And I read it pretty quickly doing just that. The characters' stories are great to follow and it was fun and well written. And as a lover of history myself I found myself looking up things that are in the book for more information. ...more
Catherine Meyrick
Nov 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Firmly based on fact, Weave a Web of Witchcraft tells the story of Hugh Parsons, a man accused of witchcraft by his wife Mary and tried in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1652.

The novel begins in England with fifteen-year-old Hugh reluctantly beginning an apprenticeship as a brickmaker. This has been arranged by his father because although Hugh loves his father’s farm he has no future there as the farm will pass to Hugh’s older brother when his father dies. By the time his apprenticeship is completed,
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My love of genealogy was the genesis for my first book, Weave a Web of Witchcraft. My first foray into writing was blogging. It was love at first type. I currently write two blogs, The Family Connection, which deals mostly with my New England ancestors and their English ancestors and Indian Reservations, which oddly enough is about mythical Indian ancestors, none of which are mine. My second book ...more

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