The Gallows Curse

The Gallows Curse

Book - 2012
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The thirteenth-century is just begun and King John has fallen out with the Pope, leaving babies to lie unbaptized in their cradles and corpses in unconsecrated ground. Across a fear-ravaged England, the people are dying in sin.

And into the Norfolk village of Gastmere comes a new Lord of the Manor - the cruel and blood-thirsty Osborn, not long returned from crusading. Spying treachery at every turn, he is prepared on the slightest pretext to damn anyone to hell and the scaffold.

So when Elena, a servant girl, is falsely accused of murdering her child she is convinced her life will be forfeit. But there are others who will defy Osborn's brutal regime to save a girl who once took part in the secrets and strange rituals of the manor . . .

'A ripping tale set in the year of 1210. Full of colour and detail' Daily Telegraph

'Bawdy and brutal' Simon Mayo

'Maitland's richest yet- a breathless romp through an England rendered spiritually desolate. Bubbles over with the exploits of desperate priests, scheming herbalists, torturous conspirators, a dwarf-sized madam and a plot of treason against the King' Metro

'A gem of a story. Meticulously researched and told with blood-curdling relish, this is a tale that will keep you awake at night' News of the World

Publisher: London : Penguin, 2012
ISBN: 9780141047447
Characteristics: 582 p. ; 20 cm


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Jun 14, 2013

A very dark time to be a working class person! Superstitions and religion play into this tale of murder, loyalty and betrayal. Well worth a read.

Jun 04, 2012

A gruesome tale for a gruesome time. Great read.


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