By Philippa Gregory
During this e-book, initially released after her bestselling debut with the Wideacre trilogy, manhattan occasions bestselling writer Philippa Gregory takes readers to Henry VIII's England, on a trip to the outer reaches of ardour, the place magic and feminine energy meet. Alys joins a nunnery to flee the poverty of her existence at the moor together with her foster mom, Morach, the neighborhood clever lady with whom she lives as an outcast, yet she quickly unearths herself thrown again into the realm whilst Henry VIII's wreckers smash her sanctuary. Summoned to the citadel because the outdated lord's scribe, she falls obsessively in love together with his son Hugo, who's married to Catherine. pushed to desperation via her wish, she summons the main harmful powers Morach has taught her, yet quickly the passionate triangle of Alys, Hugo, and Catherine starts to blow up, launching them into uncharted sexual waters. The magic Alys has conjured now has a lifetime of its personal -- a lifestyles that's horrifyingly and disastrously uncontrolled. Is she a witch? due to the fact heresy ability the stake, and witchcraft the rope, Alys is in mortal probability, treading a deadly course among her religion and her personal girl strength.
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He confessed and did penance with his own priest - Father Stephen, one of the new faith who saw little sin in stamping out a nest of treasonous papists - and the villagers gleaned over the half-burned building and then started carting the stones away. Within a few weeks of her return to Morach's hovel, Alys could walk where she wished; no one recognized her as the half-starved waif who had gone away four years ago. Even if they had, no one would have taken the risk of reporting her, which would bring Lord Hugh down on the village or - even worse - his son, the mad young lord.
Too much could go wrong, there were two lives at risk, people wanted both the mother and the child to survive and blamed the midwife for sickness and death. Morach feared failure, feared the hatred of the village. It was safer for her to send Alys alone. The village was nervous, suspicious. A wise woman had been taken up at Boldron, not four miles away, taken and charged with plaguing her neighbour's cattle. The evidence against her was dramatic. Neighbours swore they had seen her running down the river, her feet moving swiftly over the water but dry-shod.
Tom shrugged. 'They did what they thought was for the best,' he said. ' 'And in peril,' Alys said. 'If the soldiers come back they might take me. ' The look he shot at her was answer enough. 'I'd die rather than see you hurt,' he said with a suppressed anger. 'You know that! You've always known it! ' Alys turned her face away. 'I may not listen to that,' she said. He sighed, accepting the reproof. 'I'll keep your secret safe,' he said. 'In the village they think only that Morach has a new apprentice.
The Wise Woman by Philippa Gregory