First published in 1958 and set in the early 17th century, this bestselling novel - and follow-up to Katherine - follows Elizabeth Winthrop, a courageous Puritan woman who finds herself at odds with her heritage and surroundings. Elizabeth married into the family of Governor John Winthrop of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. In those times of hardship ...Read MoreFirst published in 1958 and set in the early 17th century, this bestselling novel - and follow-up to Katherine - follows Elizabeth Winthrop, a courageous Puritan woman who finds herself at odds with her heritage and surroundings. Elizabeth married into the family of Governor John Winthrop of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. In those times of hardship, famine, and Indian attacks, many believed that the only way to prosper was through the strong, bigoted, and theocratic government that John Winthrop favored. Defying the government and her family, Elizabeth befriends famous heretic Anne Hutchinson, challenges an army captain, and dares to love as her heart commanded. Through Elizabeth's three marriages, struggles with her passionate beliefs, and countless rebellions, a powerful tale of fortitude, humiliation, and ultimate triumph shines throughRead Less
This was the Reader's Digest Condensed version of the book, not the actual novel. I didn't have the time to deal with this error but obviously was very unsatisfied with the item I received.
Aug 21, 2014
I read every page.
Anyone doing family research in Puritan New England needs to read this book. Anya Seton used actual letters, diaries and reports to fill out the life of Ann Winthrop, niece of Gov. John Winthrop, the 1st Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. She is not my ancestor but she was living in the same towns as mine. Now, I know what they were experiencing in their daily lives.
Sep 3, 2009
If you love reading about women and their connections to the historical names of our nascent country, read this! Elizabeth Fones, soon to become Mistress Winthrop, then Feake, and finally Hallet will inspire and delight as you live with her struggles and joys of 17th Century New England.
Jul 17, 2007
WHAT A WOMAN!!!!!!
THIS AUTHOR WRITES EXCELLENT STORIES ABOUT BRAVE WOMEN WHO ARE UNUSUAL FOR THEIR TIMES AND ELIZABETH WINTHROP IS NO EXCEPTION. THIS IS AN EXCITING TALE ABOUT THE FOUNDING OF THE MASSACHUSETTS BAY COLONY AND COVERS MANY YEARS AS SEEN THROUGH THE EYES OF THIS WOMAN. SHE DEFIED CONVENTION AND FINALLY FOUND PEACE AFTER MANY YEARS OF STRUGGLE. GREAT BOOK. ALSO RECOMMENDED BY THIS AUTHOR -KATHERINE AND DRAGONWYCK
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