The Popish Midwife

By Annelisa Christensen

Historical fiction, Biography & memoir, General fiction | Paperback, eBook


In seventeenth-century London, thirteen years after the plague and twelve years after the Great Fire, the restoration of King Charles II has dulled the memory of Cromwell's puritan rule, yet fear and suspicion are rife. Religious turmoil is rarely far from tipping the scales into hysteria. Elizabeth Cellier, a bold and outspoken midwife, regularly visits Newgate Prison to distribute alms to victims of religious persecution. There she falls in with the charming Captain Willoughby, a debtor, whom she enlists to gather information about crimes against prisoners, so she might involve herself in petitioning the king in their name. "Tis a plot, Madam, of the direst sort." With these whispered words, Willoughby draws Elizabeth unwittingly into the infamous Popish Plot and soon, not even the fearful warnings of her husband, Pierre, can loosen her bond with it. This is the incredible true story of one woman ahead of her time, and her fight against prejudice and injustice.


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In seventeenth-century London, thirteen years after the plague and twelve years after the Great Fire, the restoration of King Charles II has dulled the memory of Cromwell's puritan rule, yet fear and suspicion are rife. Religious turmoil is rarely far from tipping the scales into hysteria. Elizabeth Cellier, a bold and outspoken midwife, regularly visits Newgate Prison to distribute alms to victims of religious persecution. There she falls in with the charming Captain Willoughby, a debtor, whom she enlists to gather information about crimes against prisoners, so she might involve herself in petitioning the king in their name. "Tis a plot, Madam, of the direst sort." With these whispered words, Willoughby draws Elizabeth unwittingly into the infamous Popish Plot and soon, not even the fearf...


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One day, several years ago, I bought some pages of a trial, merely to hold a piece of a 300-year-old book. That purchase changed my life. The defendant in the trial captivated me. Her story demanded to be told. My debut novel, The Popish Midwife, is based closely on the true story of Elizabeth Cellier, an extraordinary C17th midwife. My research revealed Elizabeth to be known in three areas of interest - for writing books, being caught in The Popish Plot and as a forward-thinking midwife - but her story was all in pieces and scattered. I wanted to link it all together and share it with people of today. If she could be all she was in a time of such suppression, how much more good could we do now, when we have so much more freedom?


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One day, several years ago, I bought some pages of a trial, merely to hold a piece of a 300-year-old book. That purchase changed my life. The defendant in the trial captivated me. Her story demanded to be told. My debut novel, The Popish Midwife, is based closely on the true story of Elizabeth Cellier, an extraordinary C17th midwife. My research revealed Elizabeth to be known in three areas of int...


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