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- Listening Length: 10 hours and 31 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 21 Jun. 2012
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008DWSVNK
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Damn His Blood Audiobook – Unabridged
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The backdrop of revolutionary war in Europe and the terror of imminent invasion by Napoleon's armies, the horror of famine that greeted each crop failure - they all add to the drama. It's a great look at life in rural England just before the Victorians brought a bit of order to the place - and judging by the difficulties faced by poor Reverend Parker thank God they did! This is a thumping good read and full of great historical detail. Hugely enjoyable.
The facts that the author has unearthed through research are incredibly detailed. Inevitably some conjecture is necessary but he provides cogent reasons. I rate this book more highly than the much lauded "Suspicions of Mr Witcher", the more so as the events occurred more than half a century earlier. It would make an excellent TV adaptation.
Perhaps the most poignant part is contained in the Epilogue. Some hundred years after the murder a memorial stone was erected at the spot in the glebe where the foul deed was committed. In 1940 it was moved a few yards as it was a hazard to tractors. There it stood until the M5 was constructed through the parish when it disappeared, probably for ever. So today thousands of vehicles a day pass through the place where the parson fell. Such is progress!
Peter Moore has done superb research into this case and writes profusely of the many interesting, surprising and sometimes alarming facts surrounding this crime, illustrating clearly the class distinctive perceptions and the dreadful 'Tithe laws' still in place in the early 1800's. Not having the forensic knowledge that we use to its advantage today, this was a truly difficult and unproven case, although a confession towards the end of the book tends to suffice due to a lack of evidence. Peter Moore attempts to unravel the many small inconsistencies in this court case, mainly in an objective manner, but the reader must make his or her own mind up.
I would thoroughly recommend this book to all who are interested in the Georgian period, its law system, village lives and characters, and the regarded lowly place of women at this time. If you loved 'The Maul And The Pear Tree', 'The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher' or 'The Italian Boy', you'll be sure to thoroughly enjoy this book also.