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The Witch's Trinity by Erika Mailman
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Mar 08, 2009

really liked it

This book is set in early 1500s Germany, during the plague and witch trials. A small village which has been ravaged by the plague and in the midst of a very long famine is visited by a friar, who claims he can rid the town of the evil(witches) that has brought God's anger on the town. We follow the trials of Frau Gude, a widow living with her son and his family. From the back of the book: "The elderly Gude Muller suffers stark and frightening visions; none in the village knows this, and Gude herself worries that the sharpness of her mind has begun to fade." Yet of one thing she is absolutely certain; She has become an object of scorn and a burden to her son's wife. In these desperate times, her daughter-in-law would prefer one less hungry mouth at the family table. As the friar turns his eye on each member of the tiny community, Gude dreads what her
daughter-in-law might say to win his favor, and that her secret visions will be revealed."

You really feel for Gude as she is troubled by the visions that are likely caused by her aging mind, and her struggles with her daughter-in-law. Especially vivid and poignant are the scenes where Gude remembers her youth, her husband and the village in good times.

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