The year is 1507, and a friar has arrived in Tierkinddorf, a remote German village nestled deeply in the woods. The village has been suffering a famine, and the villagers are desperately hungry. The friars arrival is a miracle, and when he claims he can restore the town to prosperity, the men and women gathered to hear him rejoice. The friar has a book called the Malleus MaleficarumThe Witchs Hammera guide to gaining confessions of witchcraft. The friar promises he will identify the guilty woman who has brought Gods anger upon the town, she will be burned, and bounty will be restored. Tierkinddorf is filled with hope. Neighbors wonder aloud who has cursed them and how quickly can she be found? They begin sharing secrets with the friar. Gde Mller, an elderly woman, has stark and frightening visionsrecently she has seen things that defy explanation. None in the village know this, and Gde herself worries that perhaps her mind has begun to wandercertainly she has outlived all but one of her peers in Tierkinddorf. Yet of one thing she is absolutely certain: She has become an object of scorn and a burden to her sons wife. In these desperate times her daughter-in-law would prefer one less hungry mouth at the family table. As the friar turns his eye on each member of the tiny community, Gde dreads what her daughter-in-law might say to win his favor.Then one terrible night Gde follows an unearthly voice and the scent of charred meat into the snow-filled woods. Come morning, she no longer knows if the horror she witnessed was real or imagined. She only knows that if the friar hears of it, she may be damned in this life as well as the next.The Witchs Trinity beautifully illuminates a dark period of history, it is vividly imagined, elegantly written, haunting, and unforgettable.From the Hardcover edition.
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