One of Windsor: The Untold Story of America's First Witch Hanging

One of Windsor The Untold Story of America s First Witch Hanging Alice a young woman prone to intuitive insights and loyalty to the only family she has ever known leaves England for the rigid colony of the Massachusetts Bay in in hopes of reuniting with them

  • Title: One of Windsor: The Untold Story of America's First Witch Hanging
  • Author: Beth M. Caruso
  • ISBN: 9780692567036
  • Page: 221
  • Format: Paperback
  • Alice, a young woman prone to intuitive insights and loyalty to the only family she has ever known, leaves England for the rigid colony of the Massachusetts Bay in 1635 in hopes of reuniting with them again Finally settling in Windsor, Connecticut, she encounters the rich American wilderness and its inhabitants, her own healing abilities, and the blinding fears of PuritanAlice, a young woman prone to intuitive insights and loyalty to the only family she has ever known, leaves England for the rigid colony of the Massachusetts Bay in 1635 in hopes of reuniting with them again Finally settling in Windsor, Connecticut, she encounters the rich American wilderness and its inhabitants, her own healing abilities, and the blinding fears of Puritan leaders which collide and set the stage for America s first witch hanging, her own, on May 26, 1647 This event and Alice s ties to her beloved family are catalysts that influence Connecticut s Governor John Winthrop Jr to halt witchcraft hangings in much later years Paradoxically, these same ties and the memory of the incidents that led to her accusation become a secret and destructive force behind Cotton Mather s written commentary on the Salem witch trials of 1692, provoking further witchcraft hysteria in Massachusetts forty five years after her death The author uses extensive historical research combined with literary inventions, to bring forth a shocking and passionate narrative theory explaining this tragic and important episode in American history.

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    1. Young Alice Ashbey was born into the Tinker family of Berkshire, England in 1615. As a distant cousin to the Tinkers, Alice soon came to see her cousins more as adopted brothers and sisters. Orphaned at the age of ten, she also soon discovers that she has inherited her mother's talent for intuitive insights. With the deaths of the patriarch of the Tinker family - as well as of the eldest son and namesake, Robert - within a few weeks of each other, the Tinkers find themselves at a heartrending cr [...]

    2. I won "One of Windsor" in a giveaway. I have always loved historical novel's and found this one very interesting although very disturbing. I found the information about herbs, roots and the like used for healing very informative. I also found the information about the Indian tribes of the area also very interesting. The power of the clergy in that time period was very disturbing as well as the power of community leaders. I thought Beth Caruso did an excellent job with her research and highly re [...]

    3. Received this book from Giveaway program.Very enjoyable story. The author brought Alice Young to life and takes the reader back to early New England. Definitely a lot of research went into this publication. It is amazing to me what fear can do to intelligent people. Very good example of historical fiction. Well done.

    4. Alice began life in England and is soon orphaned, left to be raised by her mother’s family, the Tinkers. Alice and her mother shared a gift of intuition and prophetic dreams, although Alice never found a way to help anyone with her knowledge. As Alice grows, Mary Tinker attempts to find a place for her. The Holman family on their way to Massachusetts Bay Colony in need of help with their children offers a perfect opportunity. Alice is saddened to leave the only family she knows, but enjoys the [...]

    5. MY THOUGHTSI find the name Puritan can have a dark side. The American colonies has a darkness to them during the time frame of this book. BUt to contrast that dark side, the author shows a more humane side to this historical account of what happened. Superstition ruled the government. What they didn't understand they were afraid of. This story is an accurate but fictional account of what happened to America's witch trials and the very first witch to be hung for practicing her craft. At least tha [...]

    6. Beth Caruso spoke at the Ladies Luncheon of the Laurel Beach Association in CT a few weeks ago. She told about finding out about "One of Windsor", a woman who lived in her town of Windsor, Ct who became the first witch hanged in America. That finding induced her to research genealogy, land records, and anything she could search to write a fiction story of Alice Young who was hanged in 1647, prior to the witches hanged in Salem MA later.Beth wanted to write fiction rather than just putting down h [...]

    7. This was an interesting historical fiction book. I felt as if the author really did her research before giving us this story of the first woman hanged for witchcraft. We all know about the Salem Witch Trials but this horrific event came quite a few years before all of that. The characters were very well developed and real. It was nice to read some of the descriptions in how Alice heals people with herbs and such. It always boggles my mind how people can say you are a witch when you are just help [...]

    8. Beth Caruso wrote a fascinating and informative novel! With her imaginative descriptions of the Puritan life, people and places, the beautiful yet tragic story of Alice Asheby Young unfolded. I was transported back to the 1600's, and felt immersed in the daily life and activities of these early settlers. The author's exhaustive research, as evidenced by the use of maps, genealogy, historical records and the many resource books she read and referenced, gave great credence and significance to the [...]

    9. Having been born and raised in New England, Scituate Mass. in particular ( which is mentioned), i must say i really enjoyed One of Windsor. Caruso did a fine job with her research even tho the book is fiction, the reader is taken on a ride of possibilities.The mindset of the era- the narrow-minded and fear based way of thinking of many of the settlers in Windsor CT, the need of family, and the limited medical knowledge, are all brought forth. America's heart breaking first witch hanging but cert [...]

    10. This book will change everything you know about the Puritanical witch hangings in early New England. Spoiler without it really being a spoiler: This hanging was long before the Salem, MA witch crisis. If you like witchcraft, historical fiction (well researched!), colonial history, romance and herbal-ism you will enjoy this.

    11. Expectations clash with reality in the New World.I love the concept for One of Windsor and am grateful for the author’s extensive research surrounding America’s First Witch Hanging in 1647. Difficult research must have been an exhaustive task, and I’m impressed that the author dove deep to satisfy a curiosity about a subject that interested her, so kudos for that.I enjoyed reading about England where the journey begins in 1615, the hardships of colonial life in Massachusetts in Connecticut [...]

    12. Reputations UnredeemedI could not read past the witch trial scene where the author puts fictitious and provocative words in Rev. Thomas Hooker’s mouth and makes imaginary assertions about his actions and involvement in this case. This story uses the device of finding out what people were living where and then winding them in to the story line. This device is used liberally throughout this story to define the personalities of other real people who lived and who have descendants who honor what f [...]

    13. I received this book through a giveaway. The positive things about this book have to do with the great research into the history of early colonial New England. The author is definitely well informed. The negatives about the novel are: 1) the conversations are not in any form of Early Modern English;2) the conversations are often used to flood the reader with historical information, giving it an unnatural stage performance-like feel;3) the use of clairvoyance, which would have been more fitting [...]

    14. One of Windsor achieves recognition as OFFICIAL SELECTION for the 2016 NEW APPLE BOOK AWARDS newappleliterary/2016AOne of Windsor receives recognition as a Finalist for the 5th Annual (2016) Beverly Hills Book Awards beverlyhillsbookawardsOne of Windsor was also a MONTAIGNE MEDAL FINALIST in the ERIC HOFFER BOOK AWARDS in 2017 for one of the most thought provoking books considered. hofferaward/Montaigne-

    15. it was an interesting and easy read, knowing the book is part fiction but based on true facts i found it interesting. the author brought up facts as to why this person was falsely accused and should be pardon by the state of ct along with the other witches wrongfully accused. i will be folowing the up dates on the facebook page and do what i can to see that they get there pardons

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