The Gallows Curse
et in the reign of King John, when the whole of England was under sentence of excommunication (among other issues, King John wouldn't accept the Pope's choice of Archbishop). Can you imagine the chaos - all the churches closed, King John in retaliation arresting every priest who hadn't fled and... show more
et in the reign of King John, when the whole of England was under sentence of excommunication (among other issues, King John wouldn't accept the Pope's choice of Archbishop). Can you imagine the chaos - all the churches closed, King John in retaliation arresting every priest who hadn't fled and the people terrified of dying in sin without the last rites? No burials were permitted on consecrated land, no marriages were conducted, no babies baptized. But I don't want to reveal much more, except to say the plot involves people-trafficking, murder and, oh yes... a very feisty dwarf and a eunuch with a hunger for revenge.
Publish date: March 15th 2012
Pages no: 564
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Historical Fiction
, Historical Mystery
, Magical Realism
I have to describe The Gallows Curse, by Karen Maitland, as both historical fiction and historical fantasy. The more I read of Maitland’s work, the more I wonder about a medieval world where magic was real. Everything else I’ve learned about the time period—the extreme violence, the power of the chu...
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Does the Kermit flailing arms thing:First line (and what a come-on it is): I need poison ... now ... this very night.Booked tomorrow off work. Will rise at the usual time, however the morning journey will be made in slippers from bed to settee. Do you remember the enticer for this book?...Coming Ma...
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