I must admit that I already have this book in treebook form and absolutely love it, so when I saw there was also available a free kindle version I just had to download it. This edition has an active table of contents and active footnotes. One thing I should make clear, this is not the true story of the Lancashire witch trials, this was inspired by those. The Pendle witches a.k.a. the Lancashire witches has to be the most well known of all witch trials in this country, mainly due to the reason that it was so well documented. Taken by the true events Ainsworth was inspired to create this gothic masterpiece. At one time Ainsworth was bigger than Dickens and this tale was first serialised in the 'Sunday Times' in 1848, being published in book form in 1849.
Instead of starting with the actual witch trials Ainsworth takes us back to the reign of Henry VIII, and the Dissolution. With an Abbey about to be taken for Crown Property the Abbot is caught trying to organise a revolt. Bringing down a curse when captured, what will happen?
Jumping forward in time the Abbey lands have been sold off and life goes on normally in Lancashire. There is one exception though, rumours of witches, familiars, demons and the Devil himself abound - yes the Abbot's curse still stands.
This is a great gothic romp, with some humour and romance that will have you forgetting the true events as you get drawn into this story. If you are a fan of the gothic then this will be right up your street, and if you love a good old fashioned tale that will keep you enthralled then this is also for you. Sometimes we tend to forget about these great old stories which have enthralled people for years.