The Gallows Curse

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Penguin Books, Limited, 2012 - Great Britain - 582 pages
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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

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User Review  - KateSherrod - LibraryThing

Mandrake root has been believed to be capable of many, many things, but who knew it also had narrative talent? Such is the conceit of The Gallows Curse, in which a mandrake root tells the story of ... Read full review

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User Review  - LibraryCin - LibraryThing

It is the early 13th century and Eleanor of Aquitaine's son, John, is on the throne of England. Elena is young and unmarried when she becomes pregnant. While pregnant, Elena dreams of murdering her ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Karen Maitland travelled and worked in many parts of the United Kingdom before finally settling in the beautiful medieval city of Lincoln. She is the author of The White Room, Company of Liars and The Owl Killers. The latter two titles are available as Penguin paperbacks.

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