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"A fantastic page-turner."  —Historical Novels Review   Based on a true story of the first witchcraft trial in Ireland, The Burning Time is the riveting tale of one extraordinary noblewoman, Lady Alyce Kyteler and her fight for a country’s soul. When the Catholic Church brings the Inquisition to Ireland, Lady Alyce Kyteler refuses to grant them power over her lands or her "A fantastic page-turner."  —Historical Novels Review   Based on a true story of the first witchcraft trial in Ireland, The Burning Time is the riveting tale of one extraordinary noblewoman, Lady Alyce Kyteler and her fight for a country’s soul. When the Catholic Church brings the Inquisition to Ireland, Lady Alyce Kyteler refuses to grant them power over her lands or her people, and refuses to stop the practice of The Old Religion. Declared a dangerous heretic by the Pope’s emissary, Lady Alyce determines to fight back. Against the penalty of being burned at the stake, she risks all to protect her people, her faith, and her beloved Ireland. The Burning Time is a vivid account of an astonishing but little-known historic figure and a gripping tale of bravery, treachery, guile, and redemption.


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"A fantastic page-turner."  —Historical Novels Review   Based on a true story of the first witchcraft trial in Ireland, The Burning Time is the riveting tale of one extraordinary noblewoman, Lady Alyce Kyteler and her fight for a country’s soul. When the Catholic Church brings the Inquisition to Ireland, Lady Alyce Kyteler refuses to grant them power over her lands or her "A fantastic page-turner."  —Historical Novels Review   Based on a true story of the first witchcraft trial in Ireland, The Burning Time is the riveting tale of one extraordinary noblewoman, Lady Alyce Kyteler and her fight for a country’s soul. When the Catholic Church brings the Inquisition to Ireland, Lady Alyce Kyteler refuses to grant them power over her lands or her people, and refuses to stop the practice of The Old Religion. Declared a dangerous heretic by the Pope’s emissary, Lady Alyce determines to fight back. Against the penalty of being burned at the stake, she risks all to protect her people, her faith, and her beloved Ireland. The Burning Time is a vivid account of an astonishing but little-known historic figure and a gripping tale of bravery, treachery, guile, and redemption.

30 review for The Burning Time

  1. 4 out of 5

    karen

    if alfonso weren't such a douche, this book would have a review. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- he was, he was being a total douche; he said my reviews were "pretentious" because i used words he couldn't find in the dictionary, but then it turned out that the words in question were words i clearly had made up, like "bookas" or "rarrr" - in other words - the opposite of pretentious, like retartastic.(clearly another made-up word - do not go looking for it if alfonso weren't such a douche, this book would have a review. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- he was, he was being a total douche; he said my reviews were "pretentious" because i used words he couldn't find in the dictionary, but then it turned out that the words in question were words i clearly had made up, like "bookas" or "rarrr" - in other words - the opposite of pretentious, like retartastic.(clearly another made-up word - do not go looking for it) so. after being sulky, i forgave him and then i "wrote" this for dana and greg, which may or may not be helpful: i think you would both like it - no amputations for dana to cringe over, but some burning-alive violence that i don't think will be a problem for you. otherwise, it does a really good job of fleshing out the rituals and beliefs of olde irish wiccan religion and pitting it against (notice i did not say juxtaposing, critics)the bloodless (anemic) catholic replacements. and there's some really good characters, although something unfortunate does happen to a cat. but now mfso wants a review. that's why all the backstory. so let me try to remember specifics so he can decide whether to read it or not... you don't hear much about the inquisition in ireland... i don't anyway, in the circles i find myself in... and the book sets up this really great contrast between the ancient ways of worship and these damn catholics and of course everyone could have co-existed in harmony but nooooooo. because, like alfonso that one time, inquisitors are douchebags. and they do not like ladies with power and convictions and with a knowledge of secret herbs and spices that don't relate to chicken-cooking. dunno, mfso, i remember liking it and thinking that the main character could so easily have been annoying, but was written with enough restraint that she came across just right, yeah? you want i should mail it to you?

  2. 5 out of 5

    Grace

    This book receives 4 stars because of the fascinating woman, Alice Kyteler, whose story is told. I wish I knew more about the authenticity of the details of this story, but knowing that she was a historic character who was the first woman accused of witchcraft in Ireland made it all the more interesting. I cannot give this book 5 stars, however, because the sections of this book in which the pagans practice rituals is so badly written. It's obvious that the author went to a couple of modern Wicca This book receives 4 stars because of the fascinating woman, Alice Kyteler, whose story is told. I wish I knew more about the authenticity of the details of this story, but knowing that she was a historic character who was the first woman accused of witchcraft in Ireland made it all the more interesting. I cannot give this book 5 stars, however, because the sections of this book in which the pagans practice rituals is so badly written. It's obvious that the author went to a couple of modern Wiccan rituals and wrote down the experiences almost verbatim. What proof does she have that witches in the early medieval times called the quarters, used athames to create sacred space, etc? It all just seemed so very "modern paganism" and totally took me out of the story. Very disappointing. However, it is definitely worth the read to find out more about the fascinating character of Alice Kyteler, a woman who should stand proudly alongside Grannia O'Malley and Boudica in the ranks of Irish and Celtic women of history who are worthy of admiration.

  3. 4 out of 5

    S.

    I love this book! It's set mainly in Ireland during the Burning Times, otherwise known as the witch craze of Europe. This interpretation of a famous Irish witch, Alyce Keyteler, is delightful, as are her cats' names. I love this book! It's set mainly in Ireland during the Burning Times, otherwise known as the witch craze of Europe. This interpretation of a famous Irish witch, Alyce Keyteler, is delightful, as are her cats' names.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Neeuqdrazil

    This was a quick read, and the bones are based on the story of the first woman to be indicted for witchcraft in Ireland. I kept getting pulled out of the story, though, because the ritual words were WAY too modern. It seems as if Morgan pulled most of the wording for the rituals from modern Wiccan practice, which is fine, but it needs to be acknowledged that almost all of modern Wiccan practice goes back no further than the 19th century. There may be bits and pieces that are older, but I shouldn This was a quick read, and the bones are based on the story of the first woman to be indicted for witchcraft in Ireland. I kept getting pulled out of the story, though, because the ritual words were WAY too modern. It seems as if Morgan pulled most of the wording for the rituals from modern Wiccan practice, which is fine, but it needs to be acknowledged that almost all of modern Wiccan practice goes back no further than the 19th century. There may be bits and pieces that are older, but I shouldn't be able to recite along with a text that purports to be 800 years old, based on my experiences with modern witchcraft.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jillian

    It has been quite a while since I have picked up a book that I could not put down again. This was one. So much that I finished it in three days and was left with a literary high at the end. I picked it up at the bookstore and was instantly intrigued when I read that it covered a part of history rarely talked about, written about or taught. After reading it, it proved to be a part of world history I had not heard much about. And the story is one that is painfully beautiful. It is a story that shou It has been quite a while since I have picked up a book that I could not put down again. This was one. So much that I finished it in three days and was left with a literary high at the end. I picked it up at the bookstore and was instantly intrigued when I read that it covered a part of history rarely talked about, written about or taught. After reading it, it proved to be a part of world history I had not heard much about. And the story is one that is painfully beautiful. It is a story that should be told and re-told. Even if you are not quite the historical fiction junky that I claim to be, you may still find this story breath-taking, moving, and intriguing as well. For anyone who has a curiosity for the Pagan way and shares a tiny corner of the soap box about the persecution women have had to endure by the church for centuries...then read and love this story as I have!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    I don't know what to think of this book. First, I was bored, then it got me, then I was lost, then it got me again...then it got real good, and then I sat there going what? I think all and all - I just didn't get it. I understand the history behind the story, but not the story. Well, that sentence made as much sense as the book. I don't know what to think of this book. First, I was bored, then it got me, then I was lost, then it got me again...then it got real good, and then I sat there going what? I think all and all - I just didn't get it. I understand the history behind the story, but not the story. Well, that sentence made as much sense as the book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Ellis

    This is the story of Lady Alyce Kyteler, an Irish noblewoman who struggled to save her people and the Old Ways from the Inquisition which made its way to Ireland in the early 14th Century thanks to a vicious priest who hated and feared both her and the Old Ways. He eventually managed to have her accused of witchcraft, forcing her to flee with as many of her people as she could. Not all of them managed to escape, however, and one woman, Petronilla de Meath, had the dubious distinction of becoming This is the story of Lady Alyce Kyteler, an Irish noblewoman who struggled to save her people and the Old Ways from the Inquisition which made its way to Ireland in the early 14th Century thanks to a vicious priest who hated and feared both her and the Old Ways. He eventually managed to have her accused of witchcraft, forcing her to flee with as many of her people as she could. Not all of them managed to escape, however, and one woman, Petronilla de Meath, had the dubious distinction of becoming the first to be burned at the stake in Ireland or Great Britain for heresy. This is based on a true story, making it all the more horrifying. The author also claims that the songs, spells, and chants she wrote into the ceremonies were from actual historical documents. It all makes for a fascinating book!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Cathleen

    I'm not a big fan of historical fiction, but Robin Morgan's well-researched novel about the Inquisition's arrival in Ireland fills a huge gap in our understanding of the clash between traditional spiritual beliefs and the capital C church. Just as interesting are Morgan's notes at the end of the novel in which she clearly indicates how she gathered information and which bits were fictionalized. She also includes facts about the surprising number of women and children executed in Europe as hereti I'm not a big fan of historical fiction, but Robin Morgan's well-researched novel about the Inquisition's arrival in Ireland fills a huge gap in our understanding of the clash between traditional spiritual beliefs and the capital C church. Just as interesting are Morgan's notes at the end of the novel in which she clearly indicates how she gathered information and which bits were fictionalized. She also includes facts about the surprising number of women and children executed in Europe as heretics. What I find most appealing about Morgan's characters is that she embraces their complexities. Alyce Kyteler, the noblewoman charged with heresy, is very likable, yet Morgan does not fail to show just how arrogant Kyteler is, having been raised with financial freedom and power. Indeed, Alyce has many lessons to learn. Likewise, Alyce's servant Petronilla de Meath is also a mass of contradictions as she moves between allegiances to the Church and The Craft. I loved Alyce's and Petronilla's stories. I also really enjoyed the way Morgan so clearly illustrated the connection between Alyce and the land that she loved and its animals. It is rare to find an author who can write about animals in a way that expresses the fullness of their characters without trivializing or anthropomorphizing them to death.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Nick Sweet

    The Burning Time by Robin Morgan is a gripping tale of the age of Inquisition in Europe, set in the land of Ireland. The basis of the book is a well known case of witchcraft in Ireland, based on Alyce Kyteler. The real life of Alyce is one of which we know in real life as not one rich in detail, but the points that are missing, author Robin Morgan fills in great detail. Morgan pulls on modern witchcraft and Wiccan rituals to create some spellbinding scenes in the book, and creates an eccentric h The Burning Time by Robin Morgan is a gripping tale of the age of Inquisition in Europe, set in the land of Ireland. The basis of the book is a well known case of witchcraft in Ireland, based on Alyce Kyteler. The real life of Alyce is one of which we know in real life as not one rich in detail, but the points that are missing, author Robin Morgan fills in great detail. Morgan pulls on modern witchcraft and Wiccan rituals to create some spellbinding scenes in the book, and creates an eccentric heroine and feminist who was ahead of her time. The Catholic church in this book is the enemy, out to get those who are steeped in the tradition of Wicca. I could not put this book down once I picked it up, and highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in a period of history that few know about.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    I ended up liking this book more than I thought I would when I started. It starts in such a way that I thought I would know exactly how it would end (disclaimer, I didn't know anything about the true story behind this). I thought to myself, it's clear who the bad guys are and who the good guys are, so I assumed it would follow the same plot lines that a lot of other similar books follow. But it didn't, it really surprised me. There were a few times that I skimmed, usually when I felt there was t I ended up liking this book more than I thought I would when I started. It starts in such a way that I thought I would know exactly how it would end (disclaimer, I didn't know anything about the true story behind this). I thought to myself, it's clear who the bad guys are and who the good guys are, so I assumed it would follow the same plot lines that a lot of other similar books follow. But it didn't, it really surprised me. There were a few times that I skimmed, usually when I felt there was too much detail or when there was a long song, but the rest of it interested me fully. If you start this book and you're not too sure about continuing it, give it a little more time. It's a very short book, after all, but it does start off a little slow and quite different from the rest of the book. Give it a chance. I doubt you'll regret it.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Julianne G Cockey

    Don't Expect Accuracy I almost stopped reading early when it was stated Roman roads were in Ireland, a blatant inaccuracy. Sure the book is fiction, but based on the story of Alice Kyteler, Ireland's first accused witch, I expect historical accuracy for simple facts. I did however learn some interesting truths and the story line was good. Don't Expect Accuracy I almost stopped reading early when it was stated Roman roads were in Ireland, a blatant inaccuracy. Sure the book is fiction, but based on the story of Alice Kyteler, Ireland's first accused witch, I expect historical accuracy for simple facts. I did however learn some interesting truths and the story line was good.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Maggie Leschuk

    Its official, I don't like feminist lit. Its official, I don't like feminist lit.

  13. 4 out of 5

    alyce

    I’ll admit it: I picked up this book because it was published by Melville House (I like them) and because I share a name with the protagonist, which was a first for me and pretty charming. It turned out to be a beautiful historical novel. I recommend it to anyone interested in a time in Ireland’s history long before strict Christianity was the default there— before Ireland’s indigenous Wiccan traditions were colonized away. The Burning Time deals with the misogyny of the witch trials perpetuated b I’ll admit it: I picked up this book because it was published by Melville House (I like them) and because I share a name with the protagonist, which was a first for me and pretty charming. It turned out to be a beautiful historical novel. I recommend it to anyone interested in a time in Ireland’s history long before strict Christianity was the default there— before Ireland’s indigenous Wiccan traditions were colonized away. The Burning Time deals with the misogyny of the witch trials perpetuated by the Catholic Church during their long and violent Inquisition. It deals with holding on tightly to forbidden tradition and passing it on, even in secrecy, in order to keep one’s heart (and one’s people) alive. I couldn’t help but relate this idea to my Judaism, as my Jewish ancestors fled Spain to Portugal (and then Portugal to Holland) for the same reasons and from the same persecutors just a century after Alyce Kyteler fled Ireland.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Katelyn

    I came into this one blind, just looking for something to read at random, and I left pretty emotional. There were parts of this that didn’t hold my attention as much as others but overall I loved the flow of the story. I don’t know much on the subject of witch trials but the facts presented felt well researched to me and this wasn’t written to the point that it seemed too bogged down in fact. To the contrary I think taking the fictional approach was what got me immersed in the setting and had me I came into this one blind, just looking for something to read at random, and I left pretty emotional. There were parts of this that didn’t hold my attention as much as others but overall I loved the flow of the story. I don’t know much on the subject of witch trials but the facts presented felt well researched to me and this wasn’t written to the point that it seemed too bogged down in fact. To the contrary I think taking the fictional approach was what got me immersed in the setting and had me emotionally tied to the trials and decisions these characters were forced to make. Overall pretty enjoyable read.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Denise

    Excellent book that tells of the time when there was a clash of religions in Ireland. The Catholic church

  16. 5 out of 5

    Amie Burton

    Interesting and shocking that this is based on facts. It is very relevant in our current climate.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    Author Robin Morgan is a well known international feminist. In The Burning Time, her first work of fiction, she draws upon medieval court records to relate the life of Lady Alyce Kyteler, the unconventional mistress of Kyteler Manor near Kilkenny, Ireland. During the 14th century, Christianity was accepted by the Irish, but many of them blended their new religion with aspects of the old "pagan" earth religious traditions. The pope sent an emissary, Bishop Richard Ledrede, to Ireland with the mis Author Robin Morgan is a well known international feminist. In The Burning Time, her first work of fiction, she draws upon medieval court records to relate the life of Lady Alyce Kyteler, the unconventional mistress of Kyteler Manor near Kilkenny, Ireland. During the 14th century, Christianity was accepted by the Irish, but many of them blended their new religion with aspects of the old "pagan" earth religious traditions. The pope sent an emissary, Bishop Richard Ledrede, to Ireland with the mission of rooting out and punishing heretics. Lady Alyce was a woman ahead of her time, one who flouted the pretensions of nobility. Alyce treated her serfs with dignity, developed her skills as a healer, followed the ancient calendar, and led celebrations of holidays such as Lammas and Samhain. When Ledrede visited her offering to restore her to the church and save her soul, she strongly rebuffed him. Although Alyce marshalled assistance from her influential relatives, Ledrede was able to bring charges of witchcraft against her. This plot should/could have been a compelling one, but Morgan spoils things by turning her novel into a polemic with dialogue. Alyce is portrayed as a sort of Joan of Arc, and her serfs, who play a relatively large role here, are worshipfully enthralled with her. As for Ledrede, he comes across as the ultimate misogynist bigot who takes out his resentment over being sent to this backwater upon his victims. What I found most annoying was the frequent use of the term Wiccan, the use of which has not been documented to before the early 20th century. I did finish this book because I wanted to know the outcome, but in places, I had to roll my eyes....

  18. 5 out of 5

    Joanne

    I got this e-book from the library, knowing nothing about what the subject was. I knew it was historical fiction but the main reason I got the book was because of the author, Robin Morgan. Ms. Morgan is one of the best known feminist writers, especially known for her ground breaking anthology, Sisterhood Is Powerful. I still have my copy of this book as it really talks to what women felt in the 70's. She also wrote many wonderful essays and a complete series of mystery books, none of which I rea I got this e-book from the library, knowing nothing about what the subject was. I knew it was historical fiction but the main reason I got the book was because of the author, Robin Morgan. Ms. Morgan is one of the best known feminist writers, especially known for her ground breaking anthology, Sisterhood Is Powerful. I still have my copy of this book as it really talks to what women felt in the 70's. She also wrote many wonderful essays and a complete series of mystery books, none of which I read. I had trouble getting into the book which is about the Inquisition of women in Ireland, those who did not abide by Church teachings and practiced their own religion which was called witchcraft. Once I get past the descriptions of what life was like for them and their rituals in the 12 century, I got much more interested. I didn't know that it was based on true facts and a very brave woman and group of people. I found that out at the end. But the unsettling part is that although the causes and the effects might have been more severe, this also shows how attitudes toward women are still not much different in many ways. An example today is the verbal battering Republican men are giving Hillary Clinton and spreading all kinds of lies because they fear she will run for President - and win. Not much different in thought than the war against the "witches" which was, for the most part, the war against women.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Denise

    Lady Alyce Kyteler was a noblewoman living in Ireland at a time when the Christian church was enforcing a version of the Inquisition against those natives who still practiced the Old Religion (pagan...what we would consider Wiccan in today's society). She owned her own estate (left to her by her father) and was firm but fair with her workers. This was a feudal period long before the time of workers' rights and nobles were under no compulsion to treat their underlings with any compassion or respe Lady Alyce Kyteler was a noblewoman living in Ireland at a time when the Christian church was enforcing a version of the Inquisition against those natives who still practiced the Old Religion (pagan...what we would consider Wiccan in today's society). She owned her own estate (left to her by her father) and was firm but fair with her workers. This was a feudal period long before the time of workers' rights and nobles were under no compulsion to treat their underlings with any compassion or respect. They lived on the land and led lives of hard work, poor diets and swift and brutal punishment. But Lady Alyce was different. She was firm but fair to her workers and they loved her for it. She was the local pagan priestess and wove celebrations and holidays from this belief regimen into actual practice. But the Pope demanded absolute obedience to his church and he sent a rigid "enforcer" to interrogate, torture, and burn at the stake any heretics in the land. And he was especially livid about possible witches (male & female) that he could find and arrest. A tale of a strong, independent woman who felt she could take on all attacks against her and her people because she was wealthy and had a high standing in the land. But her own hubris would cause problems that became worse as time went by. It wasn't just Christians vs pagans, but also female against male. And we know how that story has played out in the time since then!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Stella

    I enjoyed this book, and I recommend it to anyone interested in medieval history, Celtic lore, feminism, witch trials, and the Inquisition. If you're not interested in these things, you might be after you read the book; it's a quick, engaging read, a work of historical fiction. There's a lot of interesting interplay between good and evil, men and women, the colonizer and the colonized, the Church and God, and so on. It's an excellent book club book because it lends itself so well to discussion a I enjoyed this book, and I recommend it to anyone interested in medieval history, Celtic lore, feminism, witch trials, and the Inquisition. If you're not interested in these things, you might be after you read the book; it's a quick, engaging read, a work of historical fiction. There's a lot of interesting interplay between good and evil, men and women, the colonizer and the colonized, the Church and God, and so on. It's an excellent book club book because it lends itself so well to discussion and comparison with the present. I didn't rank it higher because I felt a strong sense of revisionism in the parts about witchcraft. Morgan seems to make the case that modern Wicca is a pretty pure survival/imitation of older ways, when it seems pretty clear to me that Gerald Gardner made most of it up. Some of the dialogue felt a little forced, too, when characters would have Important Political Discussions with one another, which reminded me of the heavy-handedness of Tolstoy's dialogue in Anna Karenina. Criticisms aside, it's a good book and definitely worth a read. I will most certainly be reading more of Robin Morgan's work.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Cwinter

    A good read, but especially a reminder/informer for what the Inquisition was really like, what it meant on a personal level. Morgan is a long-time feminist thinker & writer, steeped in herbal knowledge and historical interests. In the context of a good historical novel about 14th century Ireland (that is NOT a bodice ripper), she pulls in threads many of us are familiar with but that are not usually in novels. When was the last time a novel reminded me that a major cause of the plague in Europe A good read, but especially a reminder/informer for what the Inquisition was really like, what it meant on a personal level. Morgan is a long-time feminist thinker & writer, steeped in herbal knowledge and historical interests. In the context of a good historical novel about 14th century Ireland (that is NOT a bodice ripper), she pulls in threads many of us are familiar with but that are not usually in novels. When was the last time a novel reminded me that a major cause of the plague in Europe was that during the Inquisition, millions of cats were killed as "familiars", leaving towns with phenomenal rat populations that intensified the spread of the plague? But it is a novel first, with strong women characters from different classes, with the book's real hero/ine arising unexpectedly. We all find our strengths and our challenges in different places and in different times.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Rochelle

    An excellent read from Robin Morgan. The Burning Time in the title refers to the time of the Inquisition in Medieval Ireland. I absolutely loved the setting of the book and the clash between the traditional Craft and christianity. The dialogue was crackling, the prose was beautiful and poetic, and most pleasingly the characters are all 3d, realistic and tangible. The main character Alyce is an absolute delight; she is a strong, intelligent and determined woman of the middle ages and yet is not p An excellent read from Robin Morgan. The Burning Time in the title refers to the time of the Inquisition in Medieval Ireland. I absolutely loved the setting of the book and the clash between the traditional Craft and christianity. The dialogue was crackling, the prose was beautiful and poetic, and most pleasingly the characters are all 3d, realistic and tangible. The main character Alyce is an absolute delight; she is a strong, intelligent and determined woman of the middle ages and yet is not portrayed as a perfect character but with flaws in her character that spring from her elevated position in society. Its nice to see a well-rounded, strong female character in any book, especially one set in this time period.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Rose

    I initially didn't like this book because it starts out with such bland characters who seem to be no more than mouth pieces for their respective stances on religion and its place in our lives that I almost put the book down. The end of this book almost makes it entirely worth it, however, as all religions are in their own way redeemed and the real villain becomes those who do not see the humanity in all of their fellow men, regardless of belief, and of false belief that leads those to violence a I initially didn't like this book because it starts out with such bland characters who seem to be no more than mouth pieces for their respective stances on religion and its place in our lives that I almost put the book down. The end of this book almost makes it entirely worth it, however, as all religions are in their own way redeemed and the real villain becomes those who do not see the humanity in all of their fellow men, regardless of belief, and of false belief that leads those to violence against any and all challenges. An interesting, and often overlooked, aspect of the Inquisition and the history of Catholicism in Ireland (which was particularly interesting to me, an Irish-Catholic myself).

  24. 5 out of 5

    Melville House Publishing

    "Robin Morgan’s novel The Burning Time may be about the Inquisition—the guts of it we never learned in school—but it’s also frighteningly relevant today. And it would make a hell of a movie." -- JANE FONDA "The Burning Time is typical of Robin Morgan’s work: beautifully written, passionate, always interesting. It’s also rich in splendid imagination—a quality very rare in American fiction writers nowadays." -- GRACE PALEY "Robin Morgan’s novel The Burning Time may be about the Inquisition—the guts of it we never learned in school—but it’s also frighteningly relevant today. And it would make a hell of a movie." -- JANE FONDA "The Burning Time is typical of Robin Morgan’s work: beautifully written, passionate, always interesting. It’s also rich in splendid imagination—a quality very rare in American fiction writers nowadays." -- GRACE PALEY

  25. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    This is about the Inquisition and is based on a true story. The Church is going after pagans in Ireland. Their first victim is Alyce Kyteler and her circle and comes from the records of the time in Ireland. The book begins in 1324. This would be a great book for a book club. I couldn't put it down. Jane Fonda said this book would make a great movie and it's frighteningly relevant today. I couldn't agree more. This is about the Inquisition and is based on a true story. The Church is going after pagans in Ireland. Their first victim is Alyce Kyteler and her circle and comes from the records of the time in Ireland. The book begins in 1324. This would be a great book for a book club. I couldn't put it down. Jane Fonda said this book would make a great movie and it's frighteningly relevant today. I couldn't agree more.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Holly Diem

    I don't read as much as I should. Recently I started reading more, as a committment to myself. This book fed a hunger in me. It gave me a new perspective on paganism. It has also only given me more reason to pursue a better understanding of the Catholic history. This book made me want to research and investigate both catholicism and paganism. This is an amazing piece of literature that every feminist would enjoy reading. I don't read as much as I should. Recently I started reading more, as a committment to myself. This book fed a hunger in me. It gave me a new perspective on paganism. It has also only given me more reason to pursue a better understanding of the Catholic history. This book made me want to research and investigate both catholicism and paganism. This is an amazing piece of literature that every feminist would enjoy reading.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Gaile

    A zealous priest arrives in Lady Alyce Kytelier's country. Alyce and her people who have followed the old ways for centuries refuse to convert. The bishop declares her a dangerous heretic. for a while she appears to be winning.This is her story and the story of her hand maid. I really liked this book. The reader cannot help but admire the bravery and courage of this woman. My book of month for January 2014 A zealous priest arrives in Lady Alyce Kytelier's country. Alyce and her people who have followed the old ways for centuries refuse to convert. The bishop declares her a dangerous heretic. for a while she appears to be winning.This is her story and the story of her hand maid. I really liked this book. The reader cannot help but admire the bravery and courage of this woman. My book of month for January 2014

  28. 4 out of 5

    Stefanie

    I would have rated this 4....and then the last few chapters just knocked the breath out of me. The whole novel is well written (and researched, which I LOVE), plus has a few moments of cheeky humor. But the nuance and skill with with Morgan lays out the resolution of the story are just wonderful, and really put the whole book on a whole other level. I was left with so many emotions, and a lot to think about. Something I very much enjoy in a novel!!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Erika

    This is one of the best books I have read in a long while. Draws you in from the very beginning. A fiction story, but it has a lot of facts from the witch trials, and is completely fascinating and absorbing. It centers on strong educated intelligent females, and the way the world has reacted to such, from long ago, and I believe now still. Fantastic.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jess

    An absolutely beautifully written work of historical fiction. Morgan's writing is infinitely quotable. I cried more than once and will surely pick this book up again and re-read, something I almost never do. Don't miss out by closing the book after Alyce's story ends. Read it cover to cover because there is a well researched overview of the Inquisition after the novel concludes. An absolutely beautifully written work of historical fiction. Morgan's writing is infinitely quotable. I cried more than once and will surely pick this book up again and re-read, something I almost never do. Don't miss out by closing the book after Alyce's story ends. Read it cover to cover because there is a well researched overview of the Inquisition after the novel concludes.

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