The Wise Woman

The Wise Woman Alys Joins A Nunnery To Escape The Poverty Of Her Life On The Moor With Her Foster Mother, Morach, The Local Wise Woman With Whom She Lives As An Outcast, But She Soon Finds Herself Thrown Back Into The World When Henry VIII S Wreckers Destroy Her Sanctuary Summoned To The Castle As The Old Lord S Scribe, She Falls Obsessively In Love With His Son Hugo, Who Is Married To Catherine Driven To Desperation By Her Desire, She Summons The Most Dangerous Powers Morach Has Taught Her, But Soon The Passionate Triangle Of Alys, Hugo, And Catherine Begins To Explode, Launching Them Into Uncharted Sexual Waters The Magic Alys Has Conjured Now Has A Life Of Its Own A Life That Is Horrifyingly And Disastrously Out Of Control Is She A Witch Since Heresy Means The Stake, And Witchcraft The Rope, Alys Is In Mortal Danger, Treading A Perilous Path Between Her Faith And Her Own Female Power Synopsis From Barnes Noble become addicted to the updates of historical research, as well as the progress of her ducklings.Her other great interest is the charity she founded nearly twenty years ago Gardens for The Gambia She has raised funds and paid for 140 wells in the primary schools of the dry, poverty stricken African country Thousands of school children have learned market gardening, and drunk the fresh water in the school gardens around the wells.A former student of Sussex University, and a PhD and Alumna of the Year 2009 of Edinburgh University, her love for history and her commitment to historical accuracy are the hallmarks of her writing She also reviews for US and UK newspapers, and is a regular broadcaster on television, radio, and webcasts from her website Philipa s Facebook page

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  • Paperback
  • 640 pages
  • The Wise Woman
  • Philippa Gregory
  • English
  • 12 January 2019
  • 9780006514640

10 thoughts on “The Wise Woman

  1. says:

    I m a huge Philippa Gregory fan, so I don t know how the same author wrote this as wrote The Other Boleyn Girl and all those other excellent historical romances This book really sucked If I hadn t been out of town and away from a library, and if I d brought anything else with me to read, I wouldn t have even finished it And I m a real stickler for finishing books, even bad ones, so that says it all right there This book was really awful.

  2. says:

    Is it possible to give less than one star I think this may well be the worst book I ve ever read all the way to the end The heroine of the story was so selfish and unconcerned with anything but her own material pleasure that I swear I only finished the book in hopes that I d get to see her die a brutal death at the end.

  3. says:

    Set during beginnings of the English Reformation in the Tudor Era up in Durham County England Northern Counties this story follows the life of Alys as she manipulates and is manipulated by people and events Glimpses of the well known people and events of the period are shown Queen Catherine s being put aside divorce, and death Fall of Anne Boleyn Jane Seymour s rise and so on providing reference points and indicating why witchcraft culminating in the the Anti Witchcraft Law was so heavily feared This review isn t the easiest to write Alys initially is a semi sympathetic main character pushed to and fro by the conditions, events, and people of the time in her own small way being a small non important person in terms of the world stage She is only nine when the story begins and understandably her worldview is shaped by her experiences and desires wants However she also displays some very terrible qualities which include betraying those who ve taken time to care and help her after the halfway point in the book make her extremely hard to even like In some facets this behavior is understandable, but not entirely However by the time the betrayal events begin to happen she is old enough to know the consequences and know better Even saving her own skin doesn t justify her actions at least to me She does illustrate the baser attributes of human nature cloaked in the concept of superstition and sin So it is an abstract commentary on that in its own way I ll illustrate some briefly spoilers under here She is a foundling raised by a local wise woman who has lost her own lands due to the actions of a malicious local farmer for gain At the age of about nine she is enticed into a nunnery She wants this because it is clean, the food is plentiful, and she will be cared for and safe Not a bad choice for a poverty stricken child However to do this she must give up her childhood sweetheart Tom What is not immediately revealed is that Tom s parents decided that she was unsuitable after her foster mother lost her property and offered basically gave her to the Abbess So that Tom would be free to marry another girl of their choosing She takes vows at age fourteen and by now is able to read and write The Nunnery is destroyed by fire English Reformation by the local lord s son during a night of debauchery and for financial gain She is the sole survivor Eventually she ends up at the local lord s castle and falls for the young lord after the requisite moral struggle over being a fallen nun Having turned to the dark arts she tries to kill his wife, and then does sacrifice her foster mother in an effort to save her own skin by accusing her of witchcraft which the woman had naught to do with This gets you to about the halfway point in the book She gets darker from there but does gain what she wants. kinda. sorta. well be careful what you wish for is a good example of the underlying premise of this book not really but she thinks so for much of the book Which is another weird twist as she knew he had destroyed the nunnery et al and ruined her life there How she would even let herself fall fro him no matter how attractive is beyond me Admittedly it wouldn t have made for much of a plot otherwise but it seems so idiotic and trite here I ve ruined everything you loved and wanted out of life. now you desire me Booyah hey I managed to put Booyah into a review D The setting is done well and illustrates much of the daily conditions of life then I do think some of the clothing was a bit too fine for the young lord s wife but it is a work of fiction Ms Gregory does well with her setting Because of the main character and some of the portrayal I cannot rate this as high as I might have otherwise due to the fact that having endured some of the ordeals she sends others through blithely I may add I wouldn t have thought she d be that cruel Even with the explanation of her darker nature taking over Some of the extraneous not to mention brutal sex scenes were a bit much too That last being a purely personal opinion 2.85 stars Update I didn t put this in originally because I wanted to check a few things Having reviewed part of the novel and looked at some history I m certain that this novel is a parallel telling of Henry VIII, his wives, and some of the surrounding important figures of the time done in microcosm Some is a direct parallel, others are an amalgam or analogical Hugo is Henry in composite of all his years , Catherine is Catherine of Aragon also a slight amalgam of others including Queen Mary if you consider her pregnancy as a reference to her daughter , and Alys aka Sister Ann is reference to Anne Boleyn I think Tom is a reference to Henry Percy, although it could also be a composite of someone from Anne Boleyn or Katherine Howard s past youthful love With the events of the English Reformation it highlights the internal and external machinations of the period.

  4. says:

    This book is remarkable only in its utter awfulness I ve read probably half a dozen of Gregory s books and have always enjoyed them Usually fun, fluffy, and easy to read, her books serve as a nice palate cleanser after a particularly intense read This one, however, left a decidedly bad taste in my mouth I honestly believe that Gregory must have been going through some sort of crisis as a writer when she wrote this one She mocks herself as a writer, her genre, and her readers.Not a single character in this book was likeable in fact, they were all despicable Why would anyone want to read this drivel Rapists, murderers, martyrs, rediculous witchcraft and black magic And no grounding at all in history Um, if you hadn t guessed yet, I do not recommend this book to anyone

  5. says:

    I can t decide whether I really like the book or it was a waste of my time Spoiler alert Personally, I don t find Alys, the supposed protagonist, sympathetic or likable She is motivated by self preservation, greed, and pure selfishness I wanted to know what made her this way, but all I got was that she was probably starved for affection when she was a toddler but when she joined the nunnery, she was loved by the head mistress There was a lot of affection and expectation So, it still really didn t explain this interesting, but frustrating character trait.What I found hard to understand was that she killed, like sacrificed, her first mother firgure in order to save her own hide when this woman was infact trying to help her Then she denied even knowing her loving second mother figure even as this second woman was sentenced to death by fire.To be sure, I don t know what it s like to be driven by self preservation under the constant threat of death by hanging being a witch or by burning at the stake being a heretic This, of course, is on top of all the other unpleasant possibilities of being tossed out without any viable means to support herself.But something about this character strikes me as partially unbelieveable I just don t buy that Alys would act the way she does in the book, and I don t buy the ending The author, through the reading club questions, implies that Alys chose to die with Mother Hildebrand, but it doesn t ring true with me I think she dreamt the ending while sleeping in her comfortable bed with Hugo s heavy arm slung over her swollen belly.It was interesting to see how Henry VIII s marriage woes for the wives, that is affected the kingdom in general.Would I recommend the book I would, with some hesitation, but ultimately, this book left me unsatisfied, with the ending, with Alys, and with the fate to two mother figures.

  6. says:

    What the fuck did I read

  7. says:

    Very nicely written, intriguing book I love absolutely every book written by Phillipa Gregory She writes from the woman perspective and she seems to be a medium and a very good psychologist to be able to transfer so many feelings in her writings Is like she was there and is telling the true story Amazing

  8. says:

    Ok at one time, this book was hard to find The only way I was able to get it was through But now that Philipa Gregory has become a household name among Henry the Vlll fanatics as myself, it is available again The book is a grisly tale about dark powers and desires It is a tale of passion and witchcraft in 16th century England Alys is raised by Morach who is a feared wise woman of the moors Alys does not like living with her so joins a Catholic nunnery One day a young lord, Hugo and his men burn the abbey to the ground during a drunken rage, and Alys is the only one to escape and run back to Morach She has lots of guilt for abandoning her dying nuns and this guilt stays with her through the book Eventually, Alys and Hugo do meet again for she once again leaves Morach and becomes a sort of minister to his father, helping him with his letter writings, etc That is where things start to get out of hand Attracted to Hugo regardless of his murderous past, Alys starts practicing Witchcraft to rid him of his wife Catherine Her spells start to work all to well and things get way out of hand and beyond her control Philippa Gregory brings out a hair raising horror and suspense novel that was so brilliantly written, it blew me away I really thought it was far intriguing than The other Boleyn Girl This is probably the darkest novel she has ever written All should read this.

  9. says:

    Better than her Queen books Not as good as the Virgin Earth and Earthy Joys The Wise Woman is anything but In fact she s a despicable young thing who lives in a convent for the love of it s good food and shelter She escapes when it is burned and pillaged and believes her Mother Superior is dead She ends up in at a castle,and becomes whore to the local nobleman, using her witch skills to enslave him.She eventually betrays the old healer witch who reared her before and after the convent It gets rather horrible with some wax voodoo dolls that come to life Then she betrays the Mother Superior who wasn t dead after all.An exciting page turner which could have been shorter It seemed like the author kept saying the same things over and over again.Finally redemption comes on the very last page when she flings herself upon the Mother Superior s fire who s being burned as a heretic This change was so out of character It comes out of left field with no explanation There were also some plot lines that were left hanging She never finished the scene where the wax doll demons were seen walking towards the castle I would love for my book club ladies to read and analyze this one.

  10. says:

    This is definitely different from other books by Gregory, it is so much darker than her norm but I liked that a lot There were some scenes where I was totally shocked that I was even reading a book by her the birthing scene, the orgy, etc I absolutely hated Alys s character because she was such a shitty person, and I was really surprised at how cruel she could be and how she could betray everyone she ever loved so quickly Again, I m not used to such characters in Gregory s Tudor series Speaking of, and I know another reviewer has mentioned this as well, the life at Castleton was a complete parallel to life at Henry VIII s court I ve heard some people say that they were bored with parts of this book, but if you aren t aware of Tudor history, then it s bound to be boring to you lol For example Hugo is Henry, unable to father a son on anyone so he plans to set his wife aside for an heir Catherine is Catherine of Aragon, set aside by her husband and forced to watch as he courts other women who bring about her downfall She dies in loneliness and disgrace, just as Catherine of Aragon did And Alys Sister Ann is Ann Boleyn, who is insanely ambitious and will do anything in her power to keep the kings love and conceive a son Ann Boleyn was also accused to witchcraft many times.As for the ending, I m pretty disappointed There was all this buildup and fear of Morach s ressurection and of the little dolls finding her and I was actually really hoping that they would, as mean as that sounds, because she deserved it Lol It was just anticlimactic at the end

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