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The Popish Midwife: A tale of high treason, prejudice and betrayal by [Christensen, Annelisa]
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Editorial Reviews


Christensen does a fine job of re-imagining London in the 1670s, bringing the smells and filth of the streets to vivid life. She also captures the anti-Catholic hysteria and violence particularly well. ... a very authentic portrait of a complex era.
Kate Braithwaite for the Historical Novel Society

Christensen's first published novel is boldly written as a first-person narrative in the style of Philippa Gregory. 
Terri Coates Clinical Midwife, Salisbury.Midwifery Advisor, Call the Midwife, CTM Productions, Reviewed for De Partu

"I had been a bringer of life, yet also a plotter of death. I had lived with different religions, yet my faith in truth had been constant and I always had God at my side." 
Simply put, The Popish Midwife is one of the best historical novels that I've read. It's highly immersive, offering readers a look at an important period of England history, serving as a great reminder of the dark times in the past, where injustice is an arduous beast to contain even until today.
Reviewed By Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite

The author spent years researching her story and her attention to detail and fact, the historical period, customs, and dialects give The Popish Midwife authenticity. But it is Annelisa Christensen's considerable writing talent that makes this an absorbing, worthwhile read even for those who, like me, aren't fans of historical fiction, but love a well-written story that keeps one turning the pages and wondering what will happen next. Highly recommended.
Reviewed By Viga Boland for Readers' Favorite

The Popish Midwife by Annelisa Christensen was an extremely well written novel. I have to say that I really enjoyed reading about Elizabeth Cellier; she was a strong female character who could take care of herself and went out of her way to help others. I think my favorite part of The Popish Midwife was when I got to the end and figured out that it was only book one in the Seventeenth Century Midwives series. I finished The Popish Midwife in one day, all at once, and I am excited to get my hands on the second book in the series!
Reviewed By Sefina Hawke for Readers' Favorite

Annelisa Christensen has told the story of Elizabeth Cellier in very direct and heartfelt detail. The Popish Midwife will take you along on the journey of a very difficult time for Christians. I found this book to be a real history lesson while still being an enjoyable story and, though at times the reading was slow, it was very never boring. I think this is a must-read for all fans of stories of historical people and events.
Reviewed By Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite

The Popish Midwife is a very engaging story and kept me reading to the end in one go. The life of Elizabeth Cellier has been brought alive through these pages and I could actually feel myself being present in seventeenth-century England. The plight of women in general, as second class citizens with fewer rights, has been well portrayed. The dangers and high mortality rate of women during childbirth is something that is easily forgotten, but this book reminds us of that as Elizabeth is a midwife. Indeed, reading this book is like taking a walk into history. This was a fascinating and inspiring read for me into a bygone era and one that I would definitely recommend.
Reviewed By Gisela Dixon for Readers' Favorite

About the Author

After finishing her psychology degree in Scotland, Annelisa Christensen ran a fashion design company in London with a close friend until her children came along. Then there was little time for anything, especially when two of those children developed severe OCD.

Annelisa wrote mainly poetry while raising her four children, for many years as a single mother. She used the annual NaNoWriMo to write several full length novels (The University of Lights magical realism series, in editing) while working as a lab technician in the local secondary school where she was Head Girl twenty years earlier.

She 'accidentally' wrote The Popish Midwife after falling in love with Elizabeth Cellier in some 300-year-old disbound pages of a trial she won in an auction. The more she researched this amazing woman and her part in The Popish Plot, the more she was drawn into the story, a story she simply had to share. The Popish Midwife is the result of four years research and writing.

While delving into the history of seventeenth century midwives, Annelisa discovered other wonderful midwives with great stories. Currently, she's writing the full length novel The French Midwife, the true story of a woman pushed beyond her limits, and The Ghost Midwife a short novella based on a 17th century ballard which, in turn, was based on another true story.

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  • File Size: 3324 KB
  • Print Length: 453 pages
  • Publisher: Dustie Books; 4 edition (August 15, 2017)
  • Publication Date: August 15, 2017
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B074V4KRLT
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,694 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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