Book: The Pilhannaw by Richard Frenchcategories: Book, 17th Century, Literary Fiction, Christian Faith, Accusations of Witchcraft, Overweening Ambition, American History
Richard Frenchabout this book: "The Pilhannaw" is the first of several novels I've put on kindle direct publishing. Like most of my stories, it features one person or group determined to do what's right and who grapple with the complexities and misdeeds that are common in every society.
Simon Willoughby, a semi-outsider in his own community, is a 17th century governor of an imaginary English colony called Sagadac in what we now know as the United States. Nearing the end of his working life, he confronts one of his biggest challenges. The ambitious deputy governor believes that a group of witches and wizards is infecting the colony. He is determined to wipe them out.
Willoughby knows that the deputy is wrong and that the people he targets and rounds up are innocent victims. How can he stop the deputy and keep the colony from succumbing to fear and hatred of neighbor?
Although this story is fiction, I based it on an episode of supposed witchcraft that took place in Massachusetts in 1649. A sentence that Sophocles wrote helps me explain what I aimed for with this story: "Cry sorrow, sorrow, but let the good prevail."
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