- By Jess Wells

The Mandrake Broom

  • Title: The Mandrake Broom
  • Author: Jess Wells
  • ISBN: 9781563411526
  • Page: 323
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Mandrake Broom In this ambitious and far reaching new historical novel The Mandrake Broom Wells dramatizes one woman s courageous fight to save medical knowledge during the witch burning era Set in Europe in

    In this ambitious and far reaching new historical novel, The Mandrake Broom, Wells dramatizes one woman s courageous fight to save medical knowledge during the witch burning era Set in Europe in 1465 1540, The Mandrake Broom follows Luccia Alimenti as she fights the forces that attempt to keep medical knowledge out of the hands of women Daughter of a medical professor atIn this ambitious and far reaching new historical novel, The Mandrake Broom, Wells dramatizes one woman s courageous fight to save medical knowledge during the witch burning era Set in Europe in 1465 1540, The Mandrake Broom follows Luccia Alimenti as she fights the forces that attempt to keep medical knowledge out of the hands of women Daughter of a medical professor at the University of Salerno, Italy, Luccia is destined to carry ancient texts and herbal lore into the dangerous and groundbreaking future Meet Luccia Alimenti, daughter of a medical professor at the University of Salerno, Italy, destined to carry ancient texts and herbal lore into the dangerous and ground breaking future Fiona, her Irish godmother, who tries to protect Luccia and forge a family while struggling with epilepsy and grief Marcelle, a hunter and co conspirator as they are pushed to the brink and take up arms for revenge Theo Paracelsus, father of modern chemistry, a brilliant eunuch and addict who works with Luccia to forge a bridge between the new and old medicines The Mandrake Broom is based on extensive research of historical sources, herbal remedies and the medicines of the time.

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    1. Set in Europe in the 14-1500s this is a complex story of women's efforts to hold onto and pass along medical knowledge in the face of witch hunts, told through the persona of Luccia Alimenti, daughter of a female medical professor at the University of Salerno. Well-researched without being in the least bit dull, there is plenty of danger, adventure, and love in this small package.

    2. Shortlisted for a 2007 Lammy Award.Well-researched, interesting historical fiction: the Inquisition from the perspective of midwives/healers and what we would today call lesbian, bi, and gay people. Man, did this book make me hate the Catholic church. Some passages were horrifying, but the story hooked me.Actually, the story is better than the writing. For example, we get inside the heads of some minor characters, yet we never learn the thoughts of one of the most important characters. There are [...]

    3. This book is set in the late 15th to early 16th centuries, roughly the period of the Italian Renaissance and the early stages of the Spanish Inquisition. While mainly about the development and protection of medical knowledge and midwife herbal remedies, the novel addresses such major historical events as the plague and the witch burnings that swept Europe. Also discussed are the Malleus Maleficarum and the advent of the printing press. This is a rather fast-paced read, covering nearly a century [...]

    4. Stars rate "it was ok". The book's jacket sounds absolutely fascinating. A typical book I would read, and find enjoyable. However, I was somewhat put off by the gratuitous lesbian sexual relations descriptions. Not particularly necessary to story and characters. This was a big story, sliced and diced to a short story. I think it would make a wonderful big fat book, but as a short story, really left me wanting more in depth description of the historical side of the story, with deeper supporting c [...]

    5. Excellent novel, great historical fiction. I highly recommend this book. It works as a quest, a thriller, an action adventure set in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, during the time of the Plague, the Inquisition, witch burnings, the Middle Ages.Beautiful writing, great tension and pace. It really kept me plugged in, pulling for the protagonists, aching for them really. Great characters.The best historical fiction I've read in a very long time. Wells made the urgency of the time come alive [...]

    6. Good story. The characters lacked depth though I did end up feeling something for Luccia. On numerous occasions I found myself re-reading the previous paragraph because life for Luccia seemed to skip years ahead in just a sentence or two.

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