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A Dominican friar visits a 13th-century French village in search of heretics. Despite the opposition of the local priest and the indifference of the villagers, he finds a seemingly perfect suspect: a young woman who lives in a forest outside the village and cures people with herbs and folk remedies.
Set in an isolated medieval village in France, "Sorceress" is the story of Etienne de Bourbon, a thirteenth-century friar who is sent by the Pope to seek out heresy. Etienne discovers that, when their children are sick, the village women go to a forest woman, Elda, to help them heal their babies. Elda is schooled in the ancient arts of healing, the use of leaves, seeds, and bark, and, if need be, she leads the mothers and their children to a grove where a special ritual is performed. When Etienne surreptitiously witnesses the grove rite he is horrified and begins an investigation into what he sees as heretical acts.
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