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Prisoners of Conscience   By: (1831-1919)

Prisoners of Conscience by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr

Prisoners of Conscience by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr is a gripping historical novel that delves into the turbulent times of 16th-century Scotland. As a riveting tale of love, sacrifice, and resilience, it enchants readers with its vivid descriptions, well-crafted characters, and meticulously researched backdrop.

Barr's masterful storytelling immediately captivates the reader, transporting them to a time when religious conflict reigned supreme. The narrative unfolds through the eyes of the protagonist, who embarks on a tumultuous journey filled with political intrigue, prejudice, and personal growth. The author's ability to evoke a profound sense of time and place is apparent, as readers are effortlessly drawn into the rich tapestry of the narrative.

The characters in Prisoners of Conscience are engaging and multi-dimensional, bringing the story to life. Through their struggles, triumphs, and emotional turmoil, Barr portrays the complexities of human nature and the profound impact that personal beliefs and convictions can have on one's life. The relationships and interactions between the characters feel authentic, allowing readers to form a deep emotional connection with them.

One of the novel's strongest aspects is Barr's meticulous attention to historical accuracy, which adds depth and authenticity to the story. She effortlessly weaves historical events into the narrative, shedding light on the religious and political landscape of Scotland during this era. Skillfully blending fact and fiction, Barr creates a compelling and historically plausible tale that educates and entertains simultaneously.

This book also explores profound themes that remain relevant today. Through the lens of 16th-century Scotland, Barr addresses the importance of religious freedom, the power of love and faith, and the strength of the human spirit in the face of adversity. These themes resonate deeply, reminding readers of the eternal struggle for justice and the indomitable will of those who fight for their beliefs.

Despite its many strengths, the pacing of Prisoners of Conscience can feel uneven at times. Certain sections of the story seem rushed, while others unfold leisurely, impacting the overall flow of the narrative. Additionally, some readers may find that the abundance of historical detail occasionally slows down the pace of the plot. However, the compelling characters and the authenticity of the historical setting more than compensate for these minor drawbacks.

In conclusion, Prisoners of Conscience is a captivating historical novel that offers a vivid and immersive reading experience. Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr's meticulous research, vibrant characters, and skillful storytelling combine to create a memorable and thought-provoking novel. Its exploration of timeless themes and its ability to transport readers to a fascinating era make it a must-read for fans of historical fiction and those interested in the human struggle for freedom and justice.

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[Illustration: "HE REPEATED ALL THE BLESSED WORDS." ( See p. 230. )]


By Amelia E. Barr

New York The Century Co. 1897

Copyright, 1896, 1897, by The Century Co.

The De Vinne Press.




I. The Weaving of Doom 3

II. Jealousy Cruel as the Grave 23

III. A Sentence for Life 44

IV. The Door Wide Open 62


V. A New Life 85

VI. Kindred the Quick and the Dead 107

VII. So Far and No Farther 127

VIII. The Justification of Death 144

IX. A Sacrifice Accepted 169

X. In the Fourth Watch 192

XI. The Lowest Hell 210

XII. "At Last it is Peace" 220


"He Repeated all the Blessed Words" Frontispiece

A Lerwick Man 33

"The Waters of the Great Deep" 55

"'I Want to Find my Father's People'" 91

Nanna and Vala 103

"But she Held her Peace" 133

At the Kirk 137

Peat gatherers 161

Groat 193

On the Way to Nanna's Cottage 223

"Went in and out among his Mates" 237


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