July 01, 2007

The Witch of Cologne, by Tobsha Learner

From the author of the sensational and erotic bestseller Quiver… An epic love story of the 17th century.

This is the story of Ruth Elazar ben Saul, a Jewish midwife who returns to her home of Deutz outside Cologne. Imbued with the radical ideas of Spinoza and with ancient Hebrew Kabbalism, her revolutionary methods of dealing with illness lead to accusations of witchcraft and imprisonment.
Her love affair with Detleff von Tennen, a local Catholic bishop, may save her in the short term, but at a time of brutal repression and religious persecution there are few options for those who break taboos.

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