The White Witch by Elizabeth Goudge. 1958 First Edition copy published in London by Hodder & Stoughton.
Hinge and binding all secure. All 414 pages are clean other than an inscription on the front endpaper written by a previous owner. The spine is sun-faded. Charming shelf appeal.
A fictional story that has been commended for its historical accuracy.
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
Romantic tale set in 17th-century England, when Cavaliers struggle with Puritans to keep the throne safe for King Charles 1st.
At the beginning of the English Civil War and the men and women are drawn into it on both sides. Robert Haslewood, the local squire turns puritan and follows his boyhood hero to war leaving his children and wife behind him. His cousin Froniga, half gypsy and the White Witch of the title, a wise woman with the power of healing lives in danger. Her gypsy cousins sometimes camp near her but will always move on. They have befriended Yomen, who conceals a grand past but is now a tinker and royalist spy. He loves the puritan Froniga. A journey man painter, Francis, delights in painting the Haslewood children while spying too for the royalist cause. Their lives entwine until the bloodiness of war forces them to be loyal to their side whatever their personal ties, threatening to destroy friendships and humanity and kindness in the process.
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