An epic love story set against the vivid backdrop of seventeenth-century Europe between Ruth bat Elazar Saul, a Jewish midwife involved in the Kabbala which she uses in her midwifery; and Detlef von Tennen, a young Catholic canon attached to the Cathedral. When Ruth is arrested by a Spanish inquisitor, Detlef is forced to take charge of her interrogation…
‘Sensuous – this steamy, riveting page-turner is also a paean to the triumph of a woman’s spirit.‘Publisher’s Weekly
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In Translation: German VGS (hardback) | German – Henke (paperback) | Holland – Arena 2006
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What is my book about? The Witch of Cologne is the story of Ruth, a seventeenth-century Jewish midwife whose revolutionary methods lead to accusations of witchcraft and imprisonment. Ruth has brought new and dangerous ideas to Cologne from the free city of Amsterdam, and in her work has combined the radical ideas of the philosopher Spinoza with the ancient ways of the kabbala.