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In the seventeenth century colonial town of Salem, Pastor Parris’ household grows larger with the coming of his niece, the young Abigail, cousin of his daughter, Betty. The girls are fascinated by the colourful slave Tituba and her story telling; the woman from Barbados has cared for the motherless Betty all of her life. If Abigail had not come to Salem Village, would the events that later took place have been averted? If Abigail had not been jealous of Ann ... If Pastor Parris had had any courage at all ... If people hadn’t been terrified of the accusers ... If Tituba had not taken the girls to the forest ... If they had all not been so immersed in superstition and religion ... would it have taken so long to halt such a foul outbreak of sanctified murder? All the sermons and fasting in Christendom could not have prevented the fear that engulfed Salem. It manifested on three levels: terror of the Devil; terror of witches and their supposed power of direct physical harm, and terror in the hearts of those accused as witches and wizards. Was Abigail guilty of mass murder? Did Pastor Parris deserve forgiveness? Was Tituba responsible too? What was the real cause of the girls’ afflictions? The Salem witch trials were an extreme event in a devil-ridden era. Abigail and the Terror is a gripping tale of persecution, cleverly woven together by inhabiting the minds of Abigail, Betty, Pastor Parris and Tituba.
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Dr Sandra Rennie (Pseudonym: Jacquie L. Rennie) The late Dr Sandra Rennie was a remarkable woman who led an extraordinary life. She was regarded as a very private and independent individual with excellent capabilities and high intelligence. She achieved several university qualifications, including two Masters Degrees in Arts (Latrobe University, Melbourne) and Community Health (University of Liverpool, UK) respectively and a Doctorate in Social Anthropology from the Australian National University in Canberra. She also studied for Journalism Diploma in 1997. Dr Rennie lived overseas for many years devoting much of her life to improving conditions for impoverished people in third world countries in many areas of their lives. She had freelance senior consultancy positions on the UK Overseas Development Agency and the Royal Netherlands Development Agency in Bangladesh and India. She also travelled in India as the Evaluation Officer for AIDAB, Canberra. She worked for the UNFPA (the United Nations Population Fund) as Adviser on Women, Population and Development in Bangkok, Indonesia, India and the Pacific Islands for four years, only leaving that role because of ill health. Despite being diagnosed with a brain tumour twenty years ago, Dr Rennie kept working overseas, only returning in the early 2000s to live with her mother in Melbourne. Her greatest wish was to see her novel Abigail and the Terror published. She worked on it tirelessly, devoting most of her energy towards completing it, interrupting her research and writing only once with some surgery that gave her an extra eleven years of life. Sadly she died in May 2013, before publication.
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Book Description Sid Harta Publishers, 2014. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1922086274