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A gripping thriller........,
This review is from: The Vanishing Witch (Paperback)
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which will have you hooked from Page 1.
Set during the reign of the young Richard II this book is actually based on fact.
The Black Death has just passed leaving a shortage of labour but the Landowners still raised the taxes, tithes but wages were kept at pre-plague levels. Then comes the Poll Tax which is just about the last straw for the peasants.
The well known Poll Tax riots led by Wat Tyler feature heavily in this book.
The actual story revolves around the life of Robert of Bassingham a rich wool merchant and his family. His Wife Edith is a shrew and mollycoddles her youngest son Adam and their eldest boy Jan is his Father's Steward at the Warehouse.
Robert befriends a Widow called Catlin and she invests some money in one of his cargoes. When the ship is seized by French pirates, Robert is eaten up with guilt. His wife Edith thinks he is having an affair with Catlin but that is nothing compared to what is to come. Edith, frail at the best of times starts to sicken. The Physician is called but to no avail. When Catlin offers to nurse her Robert jumps at the chance to have her in his house. What he doesn't bargain for is the events that follow. Edith dies and within a month she and Robert have married and she has brought her Daughter Leonia and Son, Edward to live in his house.
A book that is an evocative page-turner, filled with murder, witchcraft, persecution of the poor with a final twist that is really surprising.
I liked this Authors style so much that I bought another of her books.
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Initial post: 6 Jul 2014 17:30:02 BDT
S Riaz says:
Good review - if you read another by Karen Maitland, then try "Company of Liars." As much as I've liked all her books, I don't think she has surpassed the first.
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