The Gallows Curse by Karen Maitland
Paperback, 592 pages
March 15, 2012
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.
In the village of Gastmere, this has shocking consequences for servant girl Elena. Unwittingly drawn into a macabre scheme to absolve dying Lord Gerard of his crimes, death and betrayal haunt her dreams like a curse.
And when Elena is threatened with hanging for a murder she did not commit, it is certain that unnatural conspiracy lies behind these dark deeds. But where can she turn? For in every face lies wickedness and in every shadow lurks treachery . . .You can read a sample of the book here.
Penguin UK has also created a series of short videos with the author speaking about different areas of medieval life that you might find interesting:
Has anyone read this book yet? I don't know if it is available in the US yet or not; Amazon has it listed but there are none available.
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