The Gallows Curse
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
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - passion4reading - LibraryThing
It is the year 1211 and England suffers under an Interdict imposed on King John by the Pope: the churches are closed, there are no confessions, babies go unbaptised, couples can't marry, there are no ... Read full review
Review: The Gallows CurseUser Review - Xorosho - Goodreads
It's weird. The more I think about this book, the less I like it. The two stars are for the setting; the characters and plot aren't particularly compelling. SPOILERS BELOW THIS POINT, FOR THIS BOOK ... Read full review