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The Gallows Curse

The Gallows Curse - Karen Maitland

bookshelves: published-2011, spring-2011, historical-fiction, medieval5c-16c, period-piece, poison, spies, war, witches-and-wizards, recreational-homicide, execution, britain-england, boo-scary, bullies, catholic, conflagration, dodgy-narrator, families, fantasy, glbt, gorefest, magical-realism, mystery-thriller, noir, ouch, revenge, too-sexy-for-maiden-aunts, norfolk

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Read from March 11 to 12, 2011


** spoiler alert ** 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 March 2011 - It's set 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.

And after that, there's The Falcons of Ice and Fire...

 

Set 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.(