The Midwife's Tale: A Mystery

The Midwife s Tale A Mystery In the tradition of Arianna Franklin and C J Sansom comes Samuel Thomas s remarkable debut The Midwife s TaleIt is and Parliament s armies have risen against the King and laid siege to the city

  • Title: The Midwife's Tale: A Mystery
  • Author: Sam Thomas
  • ISBN: 9781250010773
  • Page: 446
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  • In the tradition of Arianna Franklin and C J Sansom comes Samuel Thomas s remarkable debut, The Midwife s TaleIt is 1644, and Parliament s armies have risen against the King and laid siege to the city of York Even as the city suffers at the rebels hands, midwife Bridget Hodgson becomes embroiled in a different sort of rebellion One of Bridget s friends, Esther Cooper,In the tradition of Arianna Franklin and C J Sansom comes Samuel Thomas s remarkable debut, The Midwife s TaleIt is 1644, and Parliament s armies have risen against the King and laid siege to the city of York Even as the city suffers at the rebels hands, midwife Bridget Hodgson becomes embroiled in a different sort of rebellion One of Bridget s friends, Esther Cooper, has been convicted of murdering her husband and sentenced to be burnt alive Convinced that her friend is innocent, Bridget sets out to find the real killer.Bridget joins forces with Martha Hawkins, a servant who s far skilled with a knife than any respectable woman ought to be To save Esther from the stake, they must dodge rebel artillery, confront a murderous figure from Martha s past, and capture a brutal killer who will stop at nothing to cover his tracks The investigation takes Bridget and Martha from the homes of the city s most powerful families to the alleyways of its poorest neighborhoods As they delve into the life of Esther s murdered husband, they discover that his ostentatious Puritanism hid a deeply sinister secret life, and that far too often tyranny and treason go hand in hand.

    The Book A Midwife s Tale DoHistory Home Laurel Thatcher Ulrich About Laurel Thatcher Ulrich s work on A Midwife s Tale You can buy the book from Random House You can read portions of the book online links below courtesy of Laurel Thatcher Ulrich and Random House. DoHistory Home A site that shows you how to piece together the past from the fragments that have survived Our case study Martha Ballard. Home Patricia Harman Patricia Harman, CNM, has published in The Journal of Midwifery Women s Health and The Journal of Sigma Theta Tau for Nursing Scholarship as well as alternative publications Her first novel, The Midwife of Hope River was awarded book of the year by the American College of Nurse Midwives in Harman got her start as a lay midwife on the rural communes where she lived in the s and s Work Patricia Harman Arms Wide Open A Midwife s Journey In her first, highly praised memoir, The Blue Cotton Gown, Patricia Harman recounted the stories that patients brought into her exam room, and her own story of struggling to help women as a nurse midwife. Laurel Thatcher Ulrich Laurel Thatcher Ulrich born July , is an American historian of early America and the history of women, and a professor at Harvard University Her approach to history has been described as a tribute to the silent work of ordinary people an approach that, in her words, aims to show the interconnection between public events and private experience. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine eduScapes Classroom Connections and Comments I think they should make Ella Enchanted into like a hour movie And I think Gail Carson Levine should write other fairytales with a twist you know like Snow White, The Little Mermaid, Sleeping Beauty, Beauty in the Beast and . Elora Danan Elora Danan is a fictional character from the fantasy Willow, played by infant twins Kate and Ruth Greenfield Although credited for the role, they grew too large for the props that held them on Willow s back and Rebecca Bearman, niece of second assistant Richard Greenberg Richard Greenberg, Writer Zoe Richard Greenberg is an assistant director and writer, known for Zoe , The Beauty Inside and Desert Saints . Dragon Age Lore Codex Letters Notes Parson Codex Letters Notes Parson s Battered Notebook Notes It is the modmins opinion that someone enjoyed writing this codex a bit too much Location Obtained from a note on a rock near the end of the river by the Veridium Mine in the Emerald Graves TeachersFirst Books for Grade Recommended Reading for grade Here is a list of books our teacher editors suggest for students in grade .

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    • Onvan : The Midwife's Tale (Midwife Mysteries, #1) - Nevisande : Sam Thomas - ISBN : 1250010764 - ISBN13 : 9781250010766 - Dar 320 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2012

    • Find this and other reviews at: flashlightcommentary.Sam Thomas' The Midwife's Tale is the kind of book you never see coming. You pick it up on a whim and before you know it you've been up half the night with your nose stuck between its pages. It is the kind of book I love stumbling across. One my favorite aspects of this title appears in the Author's Note where Thomas' discloses the piece was inspired by the will of a real life midwife. His mystery is of course fiction, but Thomas' character wa [...]

    • I wish this hadn't been one of the first books I'd read in the new year. No wait, not because it is so bad, but because it is so good.It has all the elements of a great historical novel, fantastic characters that are set in a wonderful backdrop of history, oh and the most important element, the ability to make the reader want to learn more about something in the novel, in this case the practice of the midwife.There was so much about this job that I learned about through this book. You might thin [...]

    • This is a well-written, carefully researched historical mystery. The English Civil War has put the city of York under siege, but babies are still being born and Bridget Hodgson, a midwife, must attend. She is also responsible for forcing an unmarried mother to identify the baby's father, and so she has developed some interrogation skills and insight into the minds of persons driven to the edge of reason. She has to draw on all her experience, understanding of politics and human nature, and consi [...]

    • Read This Review AND Enter For a Giveaway right here, On My Blog!3.5 out of 5Sam Thomas is a historian with a talent for the fictional side of writing, which is much to the benefit of his first novel, The Midwife's Tale. With a clever plot that will keep readers guessing about the culprit until the end, and with a keen eye for the details of the period, this is a book that will keep its audience more than entertained until the last page turns. Politics, misogyny, murder, history, revenge and lov [...]

    • The Midwife's Tale is a rich and suspenseful read, with an unusual protagonist, a well-born midwife widow. She has a lot of layers to her personality, and while a strong and resourceful woman she is not perfect. The setting of the mystery, a town in the North of England in the fraught times of English Civil War, is original and fascinating. I was often surprised and intrigued by the plot twists. I highly recommend.

    • I don't think the jacket blurb does this book any favors by comparing Thomas to Arianna Franklin and C.J.Sansom. This is an adequate murder mystery with characters and a setting that show a lot of promise for future works - but this is not a book with the depth of other authors working in the field of historical mysteries.I was particularly struck by the strange pacing - the whole book seemed to fly by but the tempo was off. There was no build-up of suspense or careful tracking of clues. There w [...]

    • "The Midwife's Tale" is a historical fiction/ mystery tale about Bridget, a midwife, who gets involved in solving a mystery while the English Civil War rages on. I usually don't read a lot of mystery books but between the intriguing premise and the great writing, this is one book that I dove right into.First off, I've read very few books about the English Civil War so this was new territory to me. I really think that Thomas did a great job of capturing the shear chaos of living in a place like t [...]

    • England, 1644. While the city of York is under siege, Lady Bridget Hodgson, widow and midwife, learns that her good friend Esther has been wrongly accused and sentenced for the murder of her husband. Bridget believes that her friend is innocent, so she and her maid, the tough and loyal Martha, set out to find the real killer. I have been reading this book in bits and pieces every time I've gone to the bookstore, but when I saw there was a sequel coming out, I decided it was time to read it in it [...]

    • 2.5 starsI like historical fiction and should have been engrossed in this book, but it was so predictable and poorly plotted, I could barely get through it. Bridget is a wealthy lady in York, England in the 1640s; she is a widow and a midwife. A casual friend of hers, Esther, is imprisoned for murdering her husband. Bridget believes Esther is innocent, and she and her servant and assistant, Martha, run around the streets of York solving the murder.On the one hand, there were some interesting his [...]

    • I am an avid reader of historical fiction and was anxious to read The Midwife's Tale but I must say I was very disappointed. After reading authors such as Sharon Kay Penman, Elizabeth Chadwick, Susan Higginbotham and others I thought the writing in this book was below my expectations. The story takes places in 1644 in York, England and the leading character is a midwife and widow named Bridget Hodgson. She is rather wealthy and enjoys a good standing in the community. The author does provide som [...]

    • I liked the characters and I liked the setting, but this book pissed me off. The amount of misogyny and classism ingrained in English society at the time was awful. I appreciate that the author was trying to stick to historical accuracy by writing a heroine that was strong-willed and independent but also tied to the prejudices of her time, but it was just so frustrating! It almost makes me wish that Bridget was much more anachronistic. (Or that the book was from Martha's POV, since Martha seems [...]

    • I was lucky enough to get an advance copy of this book and it was fantastic! The characters are so vivid and well written, for example, "His ears were perfect for a man twice his size, and his nose seemed to be recoiling from the prospect of smelling his own fetid breath." Awesome, right? There are a few mysteries intertwining themselves throughout this book including a poisoned lord, a murdered infant, and characters with some shady pasts. All these plots culminate in a page turner of an ending [...]

    • I expect the social details of this were historically accurate, but man, what a freaking awful, misogynistic culture this book is set in. I don't like it much when historical fiction places current sensibilities on characters who never would have felt such or acted so at the time, but this was just depressing. And I think it was actually focused on a bit too much here. Accuracy is one thing, but being constantly beaten over the head by it is another. Unfortunately it meant that the characters we [...]

    • Part of the excellent trend of historians writing novels based on their research, this is hopefully the start of a series. Bridget Hodgson, wealthy young widow and midwife, is trying to take care of her household as Parliamentary armies lay siege to the city of York. When a friend is convicted of murdering her husband and faces burning for "petty treason," Bridget wades into a morass of conflicted loyalties, cruel masters and other ugly realities of 17th century life. The highlight here is that [...]

    • Read as an ARC through NetGalley.A thoroughly enjoyable debut mystery set in 1644 York. Positive her friend did not commit murder, a midwife and her servant seek the truth in a city under siege by parliament forces. Author and historian Thomas adds fascinating (and heartbreaking) details about early modern midwifery and motherhood. I look forward to more from this author.

    • Sam Thomas is a professor of history at an American University. While doing research in York in the UK, he found some old manuscripts and copies of wills that mentioned a highly regarded midwife by the name of Bridget Hodgson. Thus was planted the seed of this historical mystery.Set in 1644 during the English Civil War, with Cromwell's Parlimentarians laying siege to the city of York while the Royalist garrison inside tries to resist, Lady Bridget Hodgson, gentlewoman and midwife, goes about the [...]

    • It's no secret I love historical fiction that doesn't focus on royals. I love seeing women's work portrayed realistically, and heroines who have some oomph without being anachronistic. Sam Thomas' The Midwife's Tale might have a kind of 'yawn' title, but the book is wonderful.Set in York, 1644, in the middle of the first English Civil War, the story follows Lady Bridget Hodgson, a midwife of means. (This surprised me at first -- I didn't realize 'gentry' had jobs like this, but what do I know?) [...]

    • The Midwife’s Tale by Sam Thomas is both rich in historical details and mystery. I love books that I can learn from besides enjoying a great story. Bridget Hodgson is a well-respected midwife and gentlewoman living in York in the time of the English civil war in the 1644.Bridget’s friend, Esther Cooper is accused of poisoning her husband with ratsbane. Bridget thinks that Esther has to be innocent; she is too kind a woman to even think of murder. Bridget has little time to find out who the t [...]

    • I enjoyed this historical mystery. The author, a historian, seems well able to write an authentic-feeling reformation-era voice. He also writes from a female perspective, which I appreciate. If you go to his website, you can see that he's done a lot of research into birthing traditions and law in the seventeenth century. Bridget is a character that I'm interested in following. If Martha, her new apprentice, is perhaps a bit too conveniently talented at lockpicking and B&E, well, I can let th [...]

    • All hail the midwife!What a fascinating new character to build a series around; Lady Bridget Hodgson is a midwife in York as Cromwell's forces battle Charles I for control. But Bridget has more pressing matters to attend to - the many births she must attend, the unmarried, pregnant girls she must question and most importantly one of her friends has been accused of murder. Lady Bridget knows her friend is innocent and she sets out to prove it with the help of her new serving girl, Martha. Along t [...]

    • This book is absolutely fascinating. Sam Thomas has created an intriguing historical fiction with a thrilling mystery threaded throughout that is certain to keep readers on the edges of their seats to the very end. This story, told through the voice of midwife Lady Bridget Hodgson, is captivating and fast-paced. The characters are full-bodied, with personalities that endear and charm the reader. I loved how Lady Hodgson is no weak woman to be fooled with - she is smart, creative, and confident i [...]

    • A BEAUTIFULLY CRAFTED HISTORICAL WHO-DUNNITAs a Brit and a former history major at York University, I found the premise of this novel intriguing. It did not disappoint.From the first chapter, I was swept along in the familiar cityscapes and the life of the heroine, a 17th century midwife who, despite being an atypical woman for her time, never felt anything but authentic. I am full of admiration for Sam Thomas and his ability to craft Bridget's voice. I also found the supporting characters wonde [...]

    • Murder, Mystery and Midwifery!Three of my all time favorite things all combined in one book.I am a Certified Nurse Midwife. Most books on midwifery really do not portray midwives in a positive manner. Or the writing is not readable as it is historical.The Midwife's Tale is a well written book that pulls you into Lady Bridget's life and world from the first page.I cannot tell you how much loved The Midwife's Tale. I loved the history and the deliveries. I esp love how Bridget is portrayed in a ve [...]

    • I ought to have devoured this book, but I didn't and I'm not entirely sure why.The positives: It is very well written. It's set in a time period (1640s York) that hasn't been done to death. The characters are very likely far less anachronistic than in many historical novels. You learn a lot about the job of a midwife in 17th century England.And yet 4 times yesterday I decided to sit down and read the last half, and 3 times I got diverted by something. Like checking the mail box and taking the re [...]

    • I loved this book! Bridget Hodgson is a strong woman based on a historical person of the same name and profession. Mr. Thomas is well versed in medieval history and the city comes alive under his skillful writing. His characters are well drawn and true to their nature ~ although both the reader and Lady Bridget are often misled as to what that nature is! In her duties as a respected midwife, Lady Bridget is often called upon for difficult cases or those others will not attend. She is a person of [...]

    • An enthralling read from start to finish - and I had to finish it in one reading!A midwife and her servants at the centre of a murder inquiry during the siege of York at the time of the English Civil War of the 1640s. The characters and the city come to life in Thomas' tale of the every day lives of those citizens caught up in the political machinations of events beyond their control.One gets a true sense of the lot of women of this period and for most their lot is a hard one. The midwife is an [...]

    • I enjoyed this book so much! While I love to read mysteries, I am often frustrated with the stilted style that often can be found in the genreke the authors are so busy setting up the plots that they can ignore character development, setting, flow of the story, etc. I certainly was pleased with how "The Midwife's Tale" held together both as a mystery and as an enjoyable read. I loved the historical details, but never felt like the story was dragged down by them. There were twists and turns, but [...]

    • recommended this book to me and I'm certainly glad they did. I just finished and already wish there were more by this author. I can compare it with Arianna Franklin's 'Mistress of the Art of Death' books, only I believe Mr. Thomas is a better writer. This book was written by an historian and it definitely shows. I very much enjoyed the historical aspect of this book, the customs surrounding midwifery in the time he has written.The mystery was done very well, too. I had no idea whatsoever who the [...]

    • Immerse yourself in this compelling mystery set in 1644, York, England, amid a time of social unrest and political shifting and dangers. At the center of this story that will keep you guessing to the last page is protagonist Bridget Hodgson, a midwife, widow and rich gentlewoman. Bridget's intelligence, skill at midwifery, and the author's ability to take readers into the most intimate chambers of women and childbirth, makes this a fascinating and fully satisfying reading experience. Also thrill [...]

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