Glovemaker Rachel Lockyer is locked in a secret affair. The plot hinges on the conflict between a legalistic approach to Christian morality and one centered on the great commandment to love God and neighbor. Can't say I loved the story style or the writing style, but I loved the story and it did keeping me reading through to the end. Brown, who has a Ph. For the lives of the children in our communities? A great choice for book clubs; much to discuss and even more to ponder over.
The group consisted of Stacia, Dr. Fans of Fingersmith and The Dress Lodger will love Accidents of Providence, absorbing historical fiction featuring Rachel Lockyer, a character wronged by her time and the kind of woman forgotten by history, whose love affair leads to her trial for murder. Rachel's plight will touch the other characters in the book, changing many, in good and bad ways. Was it right for Rachel to be prosecuted according to its writ? What do we know about Rachel Lockyer? How does her experience of motherhood differ from the other women in the book? The parliamentary army fashions itself as the champion of the people but has suppressed the Levellers, a democratic movement composed largely of religious dissenters agitating for popular sovereignty, equality, voting rights, and religious tolerance. She enters into a secret love affair with a man named William Walwyn, a married man with a rather large family.
What do you think most influenced his change of opinion? She exposed the inequalities of the courts of law, in particular the complete denial of rights of women. When do you believe someone becomes a mother? The consequences of waiting too long—to do something, to become something, to say something—can be disastrous. This book is sitting on my desk at work, calling for me to read it. Did her attitude on this issue --- and other political issues the Levelers take up --- surprise you? But while her lover is imprisoned in the Tower, a child is found buried in the woods. For all its period detail, this debut seems remarkably modern in its depiction of love and politics—proof that a historical novel can be educational and entertaining, and nothing like homework. Accidents of Providence tackles hypocrisy, both sexual and political, and invites us into the revolutionary taverns and chaotic courtrooms of civil-war-torn London, introducing us to the faithful and adulterous, the idealists and opportunists, of an era not so unlike our own. What happens when our friends fail us? Accidents of Providence by Stacia Brown Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt It is 1649 and England is in the grip of a Civil War, but for a number of women there is an even more consuming war being fought.
With his crony Richard Lilburne, Walwyn is a well-known leader of the Levelers, a human rights advocacy group that originally supported Cromwell but has turned against him and is now under attack. The law is also an expression of our human tendency to try to control the unsettling effects of our passions and the vagaries of our lives. Why do you think the author chose to have Mary bookend the story? If you're a woman, life is especially complicated—big surprise! I also learned to think theologically and historically, and those interests played a big role in shaping this novel. For fans of Fingersmith and The Dress Lodger, Accidents of Providence is absorbing historical fiction and Rachel Lockyer is a character history will never again forget. Must we listen to this? Why was the 1624 Act to Prevent the Destroying and Murdering of Bastard Children created? And a new law targeting unwed mothers and lewd women presumes anyone who conceals the death of her illegitimate child is guilty of murder. Another becomes her nemesis and captor.
What is the status of wife and woman in this period? What do I owe my child? I began writing the book in 2006 just after finishing the final draft of my dissertation. My all-time favorite novelist is probably Ernest Hemingway. One such woman is Rachel Lockleyer, an unmarried glove maker whose employer Mary claims to have seen her head into the woods with a bundle. Proof that a historical novel can be educational and entertaining. When William is imprisoned for his political views, Rachel discovers she is pregnant. Politics is in turmoil, suspicion and paranoia the mood of the day. My Review: It was the cover that first drew me to this book and then the era.
The author's style of writing puts you right into the place with vivid descriptions of the sights, sounds, and smells of the period. It would also appeal to those interested in individualism and the evolving role of women in a society where the rules are stacked against them. Brown shares with the literary naturalists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries an acute sense of the tragedy and misery of the human condition and of the historical and psychological forces that shape human destiny. This was an extremely well-written historical novel that blended political, religious and social beliefs of a revolutionary period of Britain's history. She was not a mother. But we all have been in such situations.
And a new law targeting unwed mothers and lewd women presumes anyone who conceals the death of her illegitimate child is guilty of murder. One honorable man comes to her rescue. The intense affair between Rachel and William Walwyn brings the characters to life in a very human way. The novel is also about spiritual transformation. Do you believe Rachel is good? I wanted to do something totally different, outside of my area of expertise. But they taught me something that matters more: They taught me to read carefully and to listen intently, to attend to the world around me.
On page 72, Rachel and Walwyn have an argument about the punishment of a boy convicted of stealing food. Compare the infant-murder trials of early modern England to the witch hunts of colonial North America. Humorously Rumpole-like, with a wife who keeps him morally on pitch, Bartwain is increasingly uneasy, especially when he finds a flaw in the law. Rachel Lockyer, unmarried glove maker, and Leveller William Walwyn are locked in a secret affair. She was not well educated. King Charles has been beheaded for treason; Cromwell is in power; paranoia and self-righteousness rule; and glove maker Rachel Lockyer has been engaged in a secret affair with William Walwyn, a Leveler who advocates for independence and tolerance.
Yet in a manner reminiscent of the works of Annie Dillard, Brown also discovers beauty and transcendence amid the omnipresent horror and writes with a lyricism that suggests a greater arc to the human story than a purely naturalistic perspective entails. Accidents of Providence tackles hypocrisy, both sexual and political, and invites us into the revolutionary taverns and chaotic courtrooms of civil-war-torn London, introducing us to the faithful and adulterous, the idealists and opportunists, of an era not so unlike our own. For all its period detail, this debut seems remarkably modern in its depiction of love and politics--proof that a historical novel can be educational and entertaining, and nothing like homework. For an aspiring novelist, there is no greater gift. By what sort of standards do you define yourself and others? Her love story is beautiful and sad at the some time. The novel begins and ends with her perspective. Although Rachel Lockyer is not a real person, my gut tells me her story is probably close to someone's real story.
Rachel Lockyer has few connections to the world around her: her only strong family tie was to her brother Robert. What are the details of it? Brown, depicts the life of an ordinary woman living in early modern London during the Interregnum, the kind of person often overlooked by the history books and films centered in the period. The question that has brought Rachel to trial for murder is: why? Why do you think the author chose to have Mary bookend the story? Rachel Lockyer has few connections to the world around her: her only strong family tie was to her brother Robert. If so, do you draw any significance from those parallels? In most cases, the reviews are necessarily limited to those that were available to us ahead of publication. Proof that a historical novel can be educational and entertaining, and nothing like homework. Rachel Lockyer, unmarried glove maker, and Leveller William Walwyn are locked in a secret affair.