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, suspicion and hysteria are rife.
Elizabeth Cellier – a bold and outspoken midwife – regularly distributes alms to Newgate Prison. There she falls in with the charming Captain Willoughby.
‘’Tis a plot, Madam, of the direst sort.’ With these whispered words Willoughby draws Elizabeth unwittingly into the thick of the infamous Popish Plot. Not even the fearful warnings of her devoted 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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Annelisa Christensen was head-over-heels to win some 300-year-old pages of a trial in an auction, especially when the bold and sassy defendant, Elizabeth Cellier, who grabbed her attention, set her on a quest to find out all she could about this amazing woman. The author put everything into making The Popish Midwife’s fascinating tale as authentic as possible. Readers Favorite’s 2017 award proved the effectiveness of her visceral writing, and encouraged Christensen to go on to write two further excellent Seventeenth Century Midwives tales based on true stories. She is currently writing the fourth book.