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Fingers point to thirty nine year old glover's assistant Rachel Lockyer A fiercely independent woman Rachel has been carrying on an affair with a married man a one time political agitator with a radical group known as The Levelers Though no one knows for certain that Rachel was even pregnant she is arrestedSo come. 5 stars for this interesting and excellent work of historical fiction from 1649 London It s about a woman accused of killing her newborn baby It follows the the eventsthe laws of that period of history the trial and what can go wrong and right

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S an investigation public trial and unforgettable characters gouty investigator Thomas Bartwain fiery Elizabeth Lillburne and her revolution chasing husband Huguenot glover Mary Du Gard and others Spinning within are Rachel and William their remarkable love story and the miracles that come to even the commonest liv. It s 1649 in England Charles I has been beheaded his family fleeing to the continent and Oliver Cromwell s conservative Protestants have taken over the country There s religious turmoil with suppression of Catholicism and some residual political turmoil in the country with Cromwell supporters suppression of the Levellers and Diggers radical political groups advocating euality tolerance and religious freedomThis novel does not focus on politics especially just using it as backdrop for the story of fictitious character Rachel Lockyer unmarried glove maker who in the story becomes lover to married William Walwyn a real historical figure and one of the leaders of the Levellers Rachel learns she is pregnant just after the imprisonment of Walwyn in the Tower She is alone in the world and now her life has become unbearably complicated by the pregnancy and lack of her lover s supportShe must hide her pregnancy from everyone but after the baby s birth its dead body is discovered by Rachel s Huguenot employer Mary du Gard Rachel is arrested tried and convicted of murder That s basically the story but the telling of it is well done rich in atmosphere and well drawn characters and informative of the times Rachel is living inIt was also informative for me of the times I m living in We haven t really come all that far in the 3 and a half centuries since There s still so much religious intolerance and still so much discrimination against women that it boggles the mind Women are still considered lesser persons in many religions still receive blame than men for sexual indiscretions even to the point that victims of rape may be considered partly to blame for dressing or behaving somewhat provocatively Women are often still not allowed full control of their own sexuality and their own bodiesBrown s book is educative and thought provoking Enjoyable is not a word I would use to describe it however For a short book it took me a very long time to read I found myself putting it down often than is usual for me when I read yet I felt myself compelled to pick it up once again each time

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It is 1649 Charles I has been beheaded Cromwell is running the country and a new law targeting unwed mothers and lewd women has been passed A law that presumes that anyone who conceals the death of her illegitimate child is guilty of murder When a dead infant is found buried behind the Smithfield slaughterhouse all. Another 2012 release the second one in the Read A Thon and from Netgalley When it comes to reading I m one of those few people that can say I read alot but when it comes to the historical fiction genre it s not something that tends to grab me unless the storyline is interesting and that is what happened with Accidents of Providence It s the year 1649 in England King Charles has been beheaded for Treason and laws are being brought in leftright and centre In the first chapter we meet Mary DuGard a widow and owner of a glove making shop she seems to be the type of woman who prefers to be in the background not make a fuss and keep to herself a real introverted soul Though one decision as Mary is about to learn can change not only your life forever but the others around you and that sometimes one tiny decision can cause a domino effect that you never could imagine For Mary that decision was to follow Rachel her assistant one evening as her suspicions grew that Rachel was up to no good It is discovered as Mary follows Rachel that she has given birth and then killed her baby so that she is no longer responsible However Mary can t let this go and Rachel s deed is reported to the courts now in 1649 a new law has been written and finalised that any person found killing their infant is seen as a Murderer and what will follow next is a court case with over 60 witnesses into whether Rachel is guilty or not So comes an investigation public trial and unforgettable characters gouty investigator Thomas Bartwain fiery Elizabeth Lilburne and her revolution chasing husband Huguenot glover Mary Du Gard and others Spinning within are Rachel and William their remarkable love story and the miracles that come to even the commonest livesI found this book enjoyable as in parts it reminded me of The Handmaid s Tale by Margaret Atwood the setting and After by Amy Efaw where the baby is killed and now the main character must go through the conseuences of her actions Accidents of Providence is an ideal read for anyone who loves reading about gruesome I know but the effects of Infanticide and the true historical aspect of what 1649 was like


10 thoughts on “The Glovemaker

  1. says:

    Poorly written puffed up drivel Barely a plot What a dry way to look at politics in the 1640s not sure if it's a boring period of h

  2. says:

    Accidents of Providence was kindly provided to me by Netgalley for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt15 starsAccidents of Providence is a historical fiction novel which tells the story of Rachel Lockyer’s arrest after she is accused of killing a newborn child that was found buried in the woods The novel started off a little dry and the storyline was

  3. says:

    Another 2012 release the second one in the Read A Thon and from Netgalley When it comes to reading I'm one of those few people that can say I read alot but when it comes to the historical fiction genre it's not something that tends to grab m

  4. says:

    I was kindly supplied with this book by Netgalley to review I've had some great reads through there and discovered some super new authors What attracted me to read this one was the description which likened it to

  5. says:

    Seventeenth century London Apprentice Rachel Lockyer has been arrested for the murder of her newborn child reported by her own mistress the glovemaker Mary du Gard who saw her burying the baby in the woods Thomas Bartwain criminal investigator for the city reviews the evidence in the case which he calls open and shut bu

  6. says:

    5 stars for this interesting and excellent work of historical fiction from 1649 London It's about a woman accuse

  7. says:

    It is the middle of the 1600's and in Cromwell's Puritan England a law has been passed to prevent the Destroying and murdering of the children of unmarried woman I have long been fascinated with the Puritans their strange relationship with God where everything pleasurable is a considered a sin and woman on the

  8. says:

    This novel made me smell 17th century London and feel the coarse fabrics worn by the poor people rubbing over my skin in the

  9. says:

    It's 1649 in England Charles I has been beheaded his family fleeing to the continent and Oliver Cromwell's conservative Protestants have taken over the country There's religious turmoil with suppression of Catholic

  10. says:

    Review originally posted on BlogcriticscomAn open and shut case That’s what the prosecutor said She murdered the infant and she will hang Infant murder trials uite prevalent in seventeenth century England were a