Tidelands

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Simon and Schuster, Aug 20, 2019 - Fiction - 464 pages
The #1 New York Times bestselling author and “one of the great storytellers of our time” (San Francisco Book Review) turns from the glamour of the royal courts to tell the story of an ordinary woman, Alinor, who cannot bear to conform to the life that lies before her.

Midsummer’s Eve, 1648, England is in the grip of a civil war between renegade king and rebellious parliament. The struggle reaches every corner of the kingdom, even the remote tidelands —the marshy landscape of the south coast.

Alinor, a descendant of wisewomen, trapped in poverty and superstition, waits in the graveyard under the full moon for a ghost who will declare her free from her abusive husband. Instead, she meets James, a young man on the run, and shows him the secret ways across the treacherous marsh, not knowing that she is leading disaster into the heart of her life.

Suspected of possessing dark secrets in superstitious times, Alinor’s ambition and determination mark her out from her neighbors. This is the time of witch mania, and Alinor, a woman without a husband, skilled with herbs, suddenly enriched, arouses envy in her rivals and fear among the villagers, who are ready to take lethal action into their own hands.

It is dangerous for a woman to be different.
 

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User Review  - lbswiener - LibraryThing

Tidelands: A Novel(1) (The Fairmile Series) is a book that describes an alleged area in England as awful. The people are extremely poor and living very harsh lives. There is a lot of hatred, jealousy ... Read full review

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User Review  - KarenBayly - LibraryThing

A fascinating journey through the last few months of Charles 1 and the lives of the people of that time. The story focuses on the the folk of the Tidelands and a doomed romance between a poor woman ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
40
Section 3
51
Section 4
62
Section 5
132
Section 6
250
Section 7
262
Section 8
285
Section 13
317
Section 14
329
Section 15
332
Section 16
336
Section 17
347
Section 18
358
Section 19
361
Section 20
364

Section 9
292
Section 10
298
Section 11
305
Section 12
312
Section 21
409
Section 22
451
Section 23
455
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Philippa Gregory is the author of many New York Times bestselling novels, including The Other Boleyn Girl, and is a recognized authority on women’s history. Many of her works have been adapted for the screen including The Other Boleyn Girl. Her most recent novel, The Last Tudor, is now in production for a television series. She graduated from the University of Sussex and received a PhD from the University of Edinburgh, where she is a Regent. She holds honorary degrees from Teesside University and the University of Sussex. She is a fellow of the Universities of Sussex and Cardiff and was awarded the 2016 Harrogate Festival Award for Contribution to Historical Fiction. She is an honorary research fellow at Birkbeck, University of London. She founded Gardens for the Gambia, a charity to dig wells in poor rural schools in The Gambia, and has provided nearly 200 wells. She welcomes visitors to her website PhilippaGregory.com.

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