Burnt Offerings



“Burnt Offerings,” set in Scotland, 1589, follows Besse Craw, accused of witchcraft amidst the North Berwick Witch Trials. Facing rape, loss of her daughter, and execution, Besse battles for truth in a patriarchal world of suspicion. A poignant tale of resilience, injustice, and a mother’s fight for vindication.

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Number of pages: 352

Published: 05 October 2023

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In the tumultuous setting of Scotland, 1589, “Burnt Offerings” unfolds the harrowing tale of Besse Craw, a young mother ensnared in a web of accusations and betrayal. Amidst the dark era of the North Berwick Witch Trials, a time notorious for its ruthless persecution and execution of many under the guise of witchcraft, Besse finds herself in the eye of the storm.

Besse’s life is a labyrinth of challenges; her husband has vanished under mysterious circumstances, leaving her vulnerable in a society where women wield little power. The narrative takes a darker turn when Besse, working under oppressive conditions, faces an abhorrent act of violence. The man who attempts to rape her, in a twisted turn of events, accuses her of witchcraft, setting off a chain reaction of torment and injustice.

This gripping story delves deep into Besse’s valiant struggle for vindication in a patriarchal landscape rife with torture and persecution. Her journey is one of resilience and determination, as she endeavors to protect not only her daughter and her own innocence but also to uphold the truth in a world shrouded in suspicion and deceit.

“Burnt Offerings” is more than a historical drama; it is a poignant exploration of a woman’s fight for justice against overwhelming odds. It reveals the harsh realities of the times and the extraordinary lengths a mother would go to save herself and her child when the truth alone is not enough to set her free.

For Readers Who Enjoy

  • Historical dramas set in tumultuous periods.
  • Stories of personal resilience and struggle against societal injustices.
  • Explorations of witch trials and their impact on women’s lives.

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Dimensions 19.8 × 13 cm