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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. A real historical figure, 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 through.


"Abundant and juicy entertainment." The New York Times


"Really good fictionalized history [like this] often gives closer reality to a period than do factual records." Chicago Tribune


"[Seton] animates her characters with imaginitive warmth and has written with knowledge and understanding about a difficult period." San Francisco Chronicle

About the Author

Anya Seton was the author of 10 bestselling historical romances, including Avalon, Devil Water, Dragonwyck, Foxfire, Green Darkness, The Hearth and Eagle, Katherine, My Theodosia, and The Turquoise.

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Charles Downing, January 18, 2010 (view all comments by Charles Downing)
I read the book and it was fantastic!!!I am the direct descendant of Emmanuel Downing and Lucy Winthrop through their son, Sir George Downing. My great-great granduncle Hon. District Attorney of Brooklyn, NY, Benjamin Winans Downing married Georgianna V. Underhill who was direct descendant of Elizabeth Fones and John Underhill of Killingworth, Long Island. Benjamin W. Downing owned "The Downing Vacation House for the Girls" during late 1800's which the vacation house was owned by John Underhill and Elizabeth Fones.
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Dennis Harris, December 16, 2007 (view all comments by Dennis Harris)
I'm a direct descendant of Elizabeth Winthrop Fones Feake, who was an amazing woman, a founder of the first Quaker meeting on Long Island. This is a great book, and it was a great way to learn about a feisty ancestor --- her female descendants are still that way (I have 2 feisty sisters!).

A great read about a great woman.
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Misfit, June 23, 2007 (view all comments by Misfit)
AWESOME! What an incredible story of an amazing woman. Elizabeth Fones, married into the Winthrop family, the leader of that being John Winthrop who took his family to New England to govern the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Elizabeth was a rare woman indeed, going on to being one of the few women of her times to be a large landholder, married three times and finally finding great happiness and love in the last one to Will Hallet.

This book has it all -- passion, madness, bigotry, ignorant superstitions and religious persecution. The author beautifully weaves her story so that you feel you are there, from terrors of sailing the Atlantic, small pox, the sights, sounds and smells of the times, everything is perfectly melded to entertain and educate you about this period. I was also sorrowed at the eventual treatment of the Native Americans, from originally friendly terms, then to end so tragically. I found out much about a period in our nation's history that I only had the briefest of recollections from those long ago history lessons in school.

Anyone who enjoys historical fiction should put this one on their list. Highly recommended.
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Seton, Anya
Chicago Review Press
Foreword by:
Gregory, Philippa
Gregory, Philippa
Gregory, Philippa
Historical - General
Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775
Historical fiction
Biographical fiction
Literature-A to Z
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Trade Paper
Rediscovered Classics
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8 x 5.25 x 1.52 in 1.38 lb

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