Review: The Daylight Gate by Jeanette Winterson

The Daylight Gate by Jeanette Winterson Grove Press, 2013

This slim novella displays the brutality and darkness during the rule of James I as a result of persecution against witches and papists or, as it is oft-repeated in the novel “witchery popery popery witchery.” The Daylight Gate is based on the real-life Pendle witch trials that occurred in 1612, trials which just marked their 400th anniversary this in August of 2012. The heroine of The Daylight Gate, is Alice Nutter, a woman of means and unattached who worked for the Queen before her death and who, in the story at least, belonged to an elite circle of mystics headed up by none other than John Dee.

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