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Product Details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Melville House; First Printing edition (November 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193363300X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933633008
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,076,586 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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American Booksellers Association, 2006 "Book Sense" pick

"Reccomended Quality Fiction List 2007," by the American Library Association Feminist Task Force

"Highly Reccomended" by the ALA Amelia Bloomer Project recognizing distinguished fiction for young people

"A fantastic page-turner." —Historical Novels Review
 
 “. . .beautifully written, passionate, always interesting.” —Grace Paley
 
“The Burning Time may be about the Inquisition . . . but it’s also  frighteningly relevant today. And it would make a hell of a movie.” —Jane Fonda

 The Burning Time is a literary potion, a finely written and deeply wise book.—Eve Ensler

"Like a torch thrown into a haystack, this book illuminates the dark political night we seem to be slipping into today."—Verge

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"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

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By D. Gillespie on July 3, 2006
Format: Paperback
Though immediately intrigued when I saw this book in a bookstore, I hesitated to pick it up because I thought, given the subject matter, it might be a story that went from grim to grimmer to grimmest. I couldn't have been more wrong. This poetically told tale opens a window on new aspects of a sad time in history, highlighting moments that actually make you think better of your fellow beings. It's not just that Alyce Keteler fights back hard, and wins. It's how she's portrayed - her high confidence, her generosity to the people dependent upon her, and her decidedly spiritual approach to her age-old beliefs. Here is a pagan saint, and there's something glorious in that. The author's storytelling skill shows itself in the way she ekes real drama out of the masses of material yielded up by historical research - not an easy thing to do, as life does not unfold like a plot; she has consolidated this story well, and given it a satisfying beginning, middle and end. The confrontations between Alyce Keteler and the bishop who brings the Inquisition to Ireland are wonderful - the two play a wicked and harrowing chess game with the lives of many people hanging in the balance; it's unnerving and exhilarating at the same time. And this enemy is complex - the bishop despises the way the nobility (of which Keteler is a member) stride through the world crushing everything in their path - and his criticisms struck a mark within me. It makes their duel all that more interesting. Bad things happen here, to be sure; Dame Keteler doesn't win one hundred percent - but at the end, I had a sense of a well-rounded tale that taught me something I needed to know about a great woman who's generally unknown, a heroine who rose above a dark time.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Barry on April 9, 2006
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Eloquent prose with spell-binding mystery, The Burning Time gives ringing voice not only to the daring, courageous and creative Lady Alyce Kyteler of medieval Ireland but to the serfs of her coven as well. Locating witch trials in the context of the Inquisition, Morgan delivers new richness to the history of women and the history of Ireland with this well researched novel. And as if that is not enough to hold the reader, this novel is an herbal pharmacopia and healing based spirituality that becomes the story of what is at risk when greed and religious intolerance conquer not only lands but hearts.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Nimble Spirit on April 18, 2006
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"The Burning Time is at once epic and intimate. . . It gives the reader the privilege of a close-up view of the rituals, stories, poems, and potions of the Wiccan community and the women and men who populate it. Morgan's extended portrayal of the celebration of Lugnasad Eve, from the high priestess's self-anointing before the gathering to the final feast, is remarkable, spirited, celebratory writing. . . . The story is the thing in The Burning Time. The unstoppable course of events that makes this sophisticated book a genuine page-turner also makes it indelible, and the puzzling out of connections between our times and the Burning Time is an activity that is sure to follow this most entertaining and edifying read."--<a href="http://www.nimblespirit.com" target="_blank">Nimble Spirit: The Literary Spirituality Review</a>. For full review, click on link.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Linda Pagliuco VINE VOICE on November 28, 2012
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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....
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By G. Fowler on March 14, 2008
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What can I say about the great Robin Morgan? She should be as familiar a name as other great feminist leaders like Gloria Steinem and Betty Friedan for her immense contributions. First,about 2 years ago I was inspired by her radical essays from the book Going Too Far, then I read her "Sisterhood" anthologies, her book on the roots of terrorism, subscribed to Ms magazine in which she still does editorial work, got advice from her in Fighting Words: Combating the Religous Right, read an article which made me stand up and just yell, "Yes, I support Hilary and I'm not going to remain silent anymore!" with her recent essay "Goodbye to All This" about the media and Hilary. I also have to give her kudos for the great book of poetry she wrote called Monster...one of my favorite poems. So now, I've read a fiction book by her and once again, I felt such a connection to her brilliance, compassion, strength and love of women. I'm 28 and I swear I wish i had been involved in the movement with Robin. From this book, you will learn a fictionalized story of a REAL group of people who suffered the starts of the Inquistion in Ireland in the 1300's. The book focuses on 2 main ladies...one a noblewomen/ wiccan priestess and her serf/ surrogate daughter coming into conflict with one Archbishop whose hatred and fear of learned women as well as his greed for property is frightening. I won't ruin the ending but it is very suprising and empowering to all individuals who "fight the power". Too bad that during the 600 year "Burning Season" the church killed millions of people as witches, mainly women and girl children. From Robin's description of "witchcraft" it is nothing like the nonsense put into our heads. READ!
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ROBIN MORGAN is an award-winning poet and writer, author of the memoir Saturday's Child, the novel The Burning Time, and the best-selling The Demon Lover: The Roots of Terrorism. One of the founders of contemporary American feminism, she is the author of numerous germinal books about the women's movement, and editor of the classic anthologies Sisterhood Is Powerful, Sisterhood Is Global, and Sisterhood Is Forever.

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