The Winthrop Woman

The Winthrop Woman

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" The Winthrop Woman is that rare literary accomplishment -- living history. Really good fictionalized history [like this] often gives closer reality to a period than do factual records." - Chicago Tribune

In 1631 Elizabeth Winthrop, newly widowed with an infant daughter, set sail for the New World. Against a background of rigidity and conformity she dared to befriend Anne Hutchinson at the moment of her banishment from the Massachusetts Bay Colony; dared to challenge a determined army captain bent on the massacre of her friends the Siwanoy Indians; and, above all, dared to love a man as her heart and her whole being commanded. And so, as a response to this almost unmatched courage and vitality, Governor John Winthrop came to refer to this woman in the historical records of the time as his "unregenerate niece."

Anya Seton's riveting historical novel portrays the fortitude, humiliation, and ultimate triumph of the Winthrop woman, who believed in a concept of happiness transcending that of her own day.

"A rich and panoramic narrative full of gusto, sentimentality and compassion. It is bound to give much enjoyment and a good many thrills." - Times Literary Supplement

"Abundant and juicy entertainment." - New York Times
Publisher: Boston :, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, 2014
ISBN: 9780547523965
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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EllieEaton
Feb 06, 2014

This is a wonderful historical novel about a specific Puritan family as they emigrate to the Massachusetts Bay Colony. The author was raised in Greenwich and has written many other historical novels.

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ryner
Oct 09, 2006

Anya Seton has certainly done her homework in researching this story of Elizabeth Fones, a true historical figure in 17th-century Puritan New England. Despite marrying into the powerful Winthrop family of Boston, Elizabeth has difficulty conforming to expectations for a woman, nearly risking her very life in a time of suspicion, violence, religious zeal and political anxiety. Eventually, she is forced to flee from New England entirely with her tormented second husband, although this new life brings her little peace. Although her troubles are by no means over, with her third and final marriage Elizabeth finally has an opportunity to marry for love. Ms. Seton has an amazing way of bringing characters from the past to life. I highly recommend all of her works.

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