The Rose and the Whip
by Jae Hodges
Publication Date: March 25, 2020
Hardcover, Paperback, & eBook; 252 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Lidia Wardell walked naked through the Newbury meeting house. She was prosecuted, and publicly whipped for this crime.
This event is common historical knowledge. The Rose and the Whip is set in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in May 1663, but tells the entire story of systematic persecution of dissenters, by dissenters. Lidia relates the story of her life, and the series of events that culminated in her decision to take this action in protest of the Puritan community leaders’ treatment of Quakers. As she is charged, sentenced, and tied to the whipping post, then subsequently thrashed with twenty or thirty lashes, she critically examines each of these events and reflects on how they served to transform her and her perspectives on truth and faith.
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This story is told through an interesting concept – we are practically in ‘real time’ with Lidia as she is sentenced, taken to the whipping post, and receives her punishment. Alongside this, however, through memory, triggered both by the whipping itself, and the people she sees in the crowd around her, we are told how she came to be there, what has happened in the time leading up to the day’s events, and the people who she thinks of.
Throughout, the descriptions are immaculate, and there has clearly been a lot of detailed research into the background and history of this story, to ensure Lidia is done justice.
It is a detailed, fascinating read, and one I’d recommend if, like me, this isn’t an era you know a lot about, to learn about the time and place.
About the Author
Everyone has a history and a story. Jae uses the most alluring stories from the chronicles of her own ancestry and others around her to create timeless tales of everyday people making history. On her quest to capture the essence of walking in their footsteps, she travels and uses her pencil and camera lens to imagine them in their own surroundings.
Jae lives on the Tennessee River in Alabama with her husband and companion pooch.
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Review at Passages to the Past
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Review at Reading is My Remedy
Wednesday, August 5
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books
Friday, August 7
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Wednesday, August 12
Review at Books and Zebras
Thursday, August 13
Review at Older & Smarter
Friday, August 14
Guest Post at Chicks, Rogues and Scandals
Monday, August 17
Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit
Thursday, August 20
Review at Nurse Bookie
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