Rosie’s Avid Readers #RBRT The Gallows Curse by Karen Maitland #bookblogger

Rosie's Avid Readers

Rosie’s Avid readers are people who like reading and have a book to tell us about, they are the voice of a friend who says ” I just read this book….”

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Avid reader’s thoughts

With the recent 800 year anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta, this book is ideal as it is set in the time of King John.  An in depth insight into 13th century life from the nobles to the villains. Scheming, herbalists & superstition.  Far surpasses any modern `Who Dunnit`

Book Description

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.

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Rosie’s Avid Readers #RBRT The Owl Killers by Karen Maitland

Rosie's Avid Readers

Rosie’s Avid readers are people who like reading and have a book to tell us about, they are the voice of a friend who says ” I just read this book….”

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Avid Reader’s thoughts.

A well  researched tale of life in the Dark Ages. How the different classes lived ,The Clergy, The Manor and the people. Superstition over rides them all and mingles with religious beliefs that are not even well understood by anyone. The Sisters at the Beguinage, from Flanders, try to help the community but as Outlanders are rarely accepted. A period of History that we seldom find, certainly not taught in school.

Book Description.

England, 1321. Deep in the heart of countryside lies an isolated village governed by a sinister regime of Owl Masters – theirs is a pagan world of terror and blackmail, where neighbour denounces neighbour and sin is punishable by murder. This dark status quo is disturbed by the arrival of a house of religious women, who establish a community outside the village. Why do their crops succeed when village crops fail; their cattle survive despite the plague? But petty jealousy turns deadly when the women give refuge to a young martyr. For she dies a gruesome death after spitting the sacramental host into flames that can’t burn it – what magic is this? Or is the martyr now a saint and the host a holy relic? Accusations of witchcraft and heresy run rife while the Owl Masters rain down hellfire and torment on the women, who must look to their faith to save them from the lengthening shadow of Evil … a shadow with predatory, terrifying talons.

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