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The Vanishing Witch

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August 2014 eBook of the Month.

Set against the Peasants’ Revolt and the poll tax (yes, they had one in the 1380s), this is an involved, long, medieval drama of ordinary people caught up in extraordinary times. We are in Lincoln in the family of a wealthy cloth merchant where Robert becomes infatuated by a mysterious widow seeking to invest her inheritance. The investment goes bottom-up, Robert becomes perhaps too close to the widow and his family don’t like it. Now superstition, witchcraft and strange happenings abounded in that time and much occurs here. This is glorious stuff, intriguing and thrilling on every page with a mass of historical detail, drama and colour. A great story well told.

A 'Piece of Passion' from the publisher...

'No one brings historical fiction quite so vividly to life as Karen Maitland. Her novels are dark delights, subtly woven with the superstitions of a bygone era when women were frequently cast as witches and the threat of plague was lurking in every corner. Her characters, though, embrace betrayal, love, murder and revenge as they dance around real events and grapple with the extremes of emotion familiar to us all – these are people you know, but governed by a wholly different set of beliefs and social pressures. The Vanishing Witch reveals the Peasants’ Revolt from an entirely new angle and forces you to question your own morals in a world seemingly gone mad. Enjoy a dousing in the swirling mists of the medieval world and know you’re in the hands of a master.' - Mari Evans, Publishing Director, Headline

If you like Karen Maitland you might also like to read books by Anna Franklin, Gregory Norminton and Ken Follett .

Who is Sarah Broadhurst

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. In 1381, in Lincoln, wealthy merchant, Robert Bassingham, finds himself torn between his wife Edith, who is suffering from a mysterious illness, and a rather sexy and enigmatic widow called Catlin. There is also the impoverished boatman Gunter trying to protect his family from rising taxes and rent. All the characters are haunted by the sinister presence of a man dressed as a friar who may or may not be a ghost. Maitland plays with history in a manner that is both entertaining and informative, and this quirky, historical tale will not disappoint her fans.
~ Julia Hamilton

Synopsis

The Vanishing Witch by Karen Maitland

Take one wealthy merchant. Add one charming widow. And one dying wife. The reign of Richard II is troubled, the poor are about to become poorer still and landowners are lining their pockets. It's a case of every man for himself, whatever his status or wealth. But in a world where nothing can be taken at face value, who can you trust? The dour wool merchant? His impulsive son? The stepdaughter with the hypnotic eyes? Or the raven-haired widow clutching her necklace of bloodstones? And when people start dying unnatural deaths and the peasants decide it's time to fight back, it's all too easy to spy witchcraft at every turn.

About the Author

Karen Maitland

Karen Maitland travelled and worked in many parts of the United Kingdom before settling for many years in the beautiful medieval city of Lincoln, an inspiration for her writing. She is the author of The White Room, Company of Liars, The Owl Killers, The Gallows Curse and The Falcons of Fire and Ice. She has recently relocated to a life of rural bliss in Devon.

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Publication date

14th August 2014

Author

Karen Maitland

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Author's Website

www.karenmaitland.com

Publisher

Headline Review an imprint of Headline Publishing Group

Format

Paperback
512 pages

Categories

Historical Fiction
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ISBN

9781472215017

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