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In the village of Gastmere this has shocking conseuences for servant girl Elena Unwittingly drawn into a macabre scheme to absolve dying Lord Gerard of his crimes death and betrayal haunt her dreams like a curseAnd when Ele. 425 stars for Maitland Mistress of the medieval At the beginning of each chapter she gives us a taste of her knowledge of 13th century superstitions as it pertains to trees For the ash is a sacred tree and the three weird sisters of fate past present and future water the ash so that it will never die And at the roots of the ash tree lie three wells remembrance rebirth and destruction And the deepest well of them all is destruction I enjoyed this less than the other 3 I ve read by her but still superb for atmosphere characters personal favorite Mother Margot here she is introduced The woman was a dwarf no than three feet high with a massive head so that it looked as if the head of a giant had been placed on the body of an infant She was dressed in a long loose scarlet robe which though stained and a little threadbare must once have been as costly as any gown of Lady Anne s Heavy gold bracelets sueezed around the bulging muscles of Ma s arms Her oiled black hair was coiled up like a snake on top of her head and fastened with long gold pins topped with jewels that glowed blood red in the candlelight Ma s yellow green eyes bulging like a frog s ran an appraising glance up and down Nothing ever turns out like you think in a Maitland Dont Try This At Home yellow green eyes bulging like a frog s ran an appraising glance up and down Nothing ever turns out like Who Was Seabiscuit you think in a Maitland

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The thirteenth century is just begun and King John has fallen out with the Pope leaving babies to lie unbaptized in their cradles and corpses in unconsecrated ground Across a fear ravaged England the people are dying in sin. this is probably the best book i have ever read that is narrated entirely by a mandrakelet s take a moment to celebrate the mandrake shall we a humanlike plant brought to life by the spilled semen of hanged men which screams when it is pulled from the ground but will continue to live and grant you magical abilities if you treat it right coolest thing ever and a childhood fascination of mine i always wanted one for a pet but noooooo we had to have a dog damn traditional familythis book takes place during the interdict of king john in 1210 which suspended all services of the church baptism marriage holy unction last rites because of his dispute with the pope over archbishop appointment which is a shitty thing to do to a medieval people whose lives were so dependent upon their religious rituals yeahthis interdict affects all the characters in the book but the focus is primarily upon elena a young villein in the service of lady anne and rafaeleraffe a eunuch also in lady anne s service who is trying to absolve the sins of his deceased friend and lady anne s son sir gerard so elena is in love with fellow villein athan and would have married him if she had been able to thanks a lot king john but even without the church sanctioned ceremony she considers herself to be his and they have one night of intercourse during which she becomes pregnant which is what god does to you when you have sex without marriage rafaele thinking she is a virgin and therefore cannot be harmed by the practice tricks her into becoming a sin eater for sir gerard who has died unshriven in battle with some serious sins on his soulof course she is not in fact a virgin so bad things happenlots and lots of bad thingsit is way too complicated and twisty to go into in an eensy little book reportbut there will be a birth and accusations and murder and the gallows and a brothel and a dwarf and runaway priests and a liuefying body and a lion and a multiple amputee and a werecat and a generations old revenge plot and murder murder murder and all of this is overseen by the mandrake cause of so much of the awfulbut the book is really very goodthe criminal justice system of medieval times was kind of horrifying i m sure you know in my freshman year of undergrad i took an anthropology course about witchcraft which was amazingan aside when i was looking online for a picture of my professor for that course the only one i could find was this doodlefrom this genius of a concept but not very well maintained site makes me wish i could find my notebooks from my own nyu days because i had some fabulous prof doodlesalso beidelman never once wore a tie to any of my classes just these tight over little potbelly t shirts with black cats and other witchy stuff on them even though his lectures were 100% serious and he always appeared hungover but in an energetic wild haired way not all sluggish and uninterested and he wrote this book Moral Imagination in Kaguru Modes of Thought which i am apparently one of only two people to ever have rated on here but it was a good book and it was definitely my favorite class freshman year and i got an a so therebut witchcraft was such a tricky and formless crime the acceptable proofs of guilt were not particularly compelling basically if you were a woman and you had any kind of power or influence or wealth you were probably going to be accused of witchcraft sooner or later sorry As with mandrakes those women with gifts that men cannot control men fashion into witches and demons that they might destroy themand the punishments were not all healthy new england burnings or drownings the germans got particularly creativenot really sure why i went off on a witchcraft tangent there since the serious witch hunts in europe didn t start until centuries later except that this book has a lot of witchy magic in it resulting from both the repercussions of the sin eating ritual the mandrake itself and the influence of a couple of cunning women who are using elena for their own purposes just as rafaele used her for his there are accusations of witchcraft of course but i think i might have overemphasized it in my nostalgia over dear old beidelman s coursei am blizzard addledbut the witch hunts were very a gendered phenomenon and this book is also very focused on gender from the powerlessness of a woman of the villein class to raffe s surgically removed manhood to the sexual currency in the brothel where elena is forced into prostitution yeahman i told you it was complicated sheeshbut the madame of the brothel is a phenomenal character a dwarf with a snake preoccupation who is super tough and calculating but you know you are going to unearth her secret compassionate center eventually No girl in this stew is a whore my darling unless she chooses to be one Every woman here sells what talents she has and that makes her an artist a merchant of goods She does no or less than a scribe a musician or a trader in holy relics Only a woman who lets a man take her because she is afraid of him or of making her own way in the world makes herself a slave and a whore More whores have graced the noble marriage beds of Europe than ever worked in brothelswhich i kind of love and in this context in this situation sex has been elevated to an art in her brothel at least not so much in the elena and athan in the barn episode but elena will learni think this review got away from me again sorry about that once again blair has beaten me to a book and her review is leaps and bounds above mine so go read that insteadalso blair if you are here view spoilerSERIOUSLY WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO FINCH hide spoiler Sing My Name you magical abilities if Das Haus Komarow you treat it right coolest thing ever and a childhood fascination of mine i always wanted one for a pet but noooooo we had to have a dog damn traditional familythis book takes place during the interdict of king john in 1210 which suspended all services of the church baptism marriage holy unction last rites because of his dispute with the pope over archbishop appointment which is a shitty thing to do to a medieval people whose lives were so dependent upon their religious rituals Gertrude At The Beach yeahthis interdict affects all the characters in the book but the focus is primarily upon elena a This Dark Road Will Lead Us Where We Want To Be young villein in the service of lady anne and rafaeleraffe a eunuch also in lady anne s service who is trying to absolve the sins of his deceased friend and lady anne s son sir gerard so elena is in love with fellow villein athan and would have married him if she had been able to thanks a lot king john but even without the church sanctioned ceremony she considers herself to be his and they have one night of intercourse during which she becomes pregnant which is what god does to Romancing The Countess Romancing 1 you when Infantry you have sex without marriage rafaele thinking she is a virgin and therefore cannot be harmed by the practice tricks her into becoming a sin eater for sir gerard who has died unshriven in battle with some serious sins on his soulof course she is not in fact a virgin so bad things happenlots and lots of bad thingsit is way too complicated and twisty to go into in an eensy little book reportbut there will be a birth and accusations and murder and the gallows and a brothel and a dwarf and runaway priests and a liuefying body and a lion and a multiple amputee and a werecat and a generations old revenge plot and murder murder murder and all of this is overseen by the mandrake cause of so much of the awfulbut the book is really very goodthe criminal justice system of medieval times was kind of horrifying i m sure Building The Transcontinental Railroad you know in my freshman The 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and formless crime the acceptable proofs of guilt were not particularly compelling basically if El Arte De Argumentar you were a woman and Scooby Doo Carnival Of Mystery Storybook And Decoder you had any kind of power or influence or wealth cucumber-quest-the-melody-kingdom you were probably going to be accused of witchcraft sooner or later sorry As with mandrakes those women with gifts that men cannot control men fashion into witches and demons that they might destroy themand the punishments were not all healthy new england burnings or drownings the germans got particularly creativenot really sure why i went off on a witchcraft tangent there since the serious witch hunts in europe didn t start until centuries later except that this book has a lot of witchy magic in it resulting from both the repercussions of the sin eating ritual the mandrake itself and the influence of a couple of cunning women who are using elena for their own purposes just as rafaele used her for his there are accusations of witchcraft of course but i think i might have overemphasized it in my nostalgia over dear old beidelman s coursei am blizzard addledbut the witch hunts were very a gendered phenomenon and this book is also very focused on gender from the powerlessness of a woman of the villein class to raffe s surgically removed manhood to the sexual currency in the brothel where elena is forced into prostitution Crashing yeahman i told Berlitz Pocket Guide Italy you it was complicated sheeshbut the madame of the brothel is a phenomenal character a dwarf with a snake preoccupation who is super tough and calculating but Bound And Submitted you know you are going to unearth her secret compassionate center eventually No girl in this stew is a whore my darling unless she chooses to be one Every woman here sells what talents she has and that makes her an artist a merchant of goods She does no or less than a scribe a musician or a trader in holy relics Only a woman who lets a man take her because she is afraid of him or of making her own way in the world makes herself a slave and a whore More whores have graced the noble marriage beds of Europe than ever worked in brothelswhich i kind of love and in this context in this situation sex has been elevated to an art in her brothel at least not so much in the elena and athan in the barn episode but elena will learni think this review got away from me again sorry about that once again blair has beaten me to a book and her review is leaps and bounds above mine so go read that insteadalso blair if The Jamaican Ninja Bert 2 you are here view spoilerSERIOUSLY WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO FINCH hide spoiler

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Na is threatened with hanging for a murder she did not commit it is certain that unnatural conspiracy lies behind these dark deeds But where can she turn For in every face lies wickedness and in every shadow lurks treachery. Oh my goodness Wow isn t nearly a good enough superlative for what this author doesHaving LOVED her first 2 books I was a touch nervous starting The Gallows curse in case it didn t live up to my very high expectations But it exceeded them I just cannot fault this lady s writing she brings the dark ages to life in the most believeable ways her use of modern language in conversation heavily peppered with atmospheric curses makes it even accessible and easy to read yet the meticulous research and vast amount of facts and folklore she manages to cram in make you feel you ve experienced her stories not just read themWe follow the story of Elena a Villein plucked from village life and called to the manor to perform a simple task which has horrific repercussions in her life and those whose lives touch hersTricked by Raffaele the main male character returned from the crusades bearing guilt and a desire for revenge which taint his lifeIn part the story is narrated by a mandrake and is steeped in witchcraft myth magic and superstition To say much might spoil the spell which will be cast over you when you journey back to the early 13th century and wallow around the marshes of NorfolkFantastic enjoyable atmospheric writing I really battled between picking the book up and cracking on with it as I was desperate to know what happened next and leaving it a while as I so dreaded it coming to an end Well all good things must come to an endIf you haven t read anything by Karen Maitland yet please do give her books a try she is rapidly rising to the very top of my favourite authors list


10 thoughts on “The Gallows Curse

  1. says:

    this is probably the best book i have ever read that is narrated entirely by a mandrakelet's take a moment to celebrate the mandrake shall we? a humanlike plant brought to life by the spilled semen of hanged men which screams when it is pulled from the ground but will continue to live and grant you magical abilities if you treat it right? coolest thing ever and a childhood fascination of mine i always wanted one for a pet but no

  2. says:

    This was a rollicking medieval soap opera that I thoroughly enjoyedA warning to you menfolk while the book is crammed with strong fe

  3. says:

    Like Karen Maitland's other two books Company of Liars and The Owl Killers both great by the way this is a complex labyrinthine mystery set in

  4. says:

    I wasn't as riveted by The Gallows Curse as I was by Karen Maitland's first book Company of Liars Part of that was the fact that I've been writing essays and I haven't had a gallstone attack that could just keep me up all night with nothing to do but read And part of it is my reluctance to end up with no of her stuff to readLike Company of Li

  5. says:

    425 stars for Maitland Mistress of the medieval At the beginning of each chapter she gives us a taste of her knowledge of 13th century superstitions as it pertains to trees “For the ash is a sacred tree and the three weird sisters of fate–past present and future–water the ash so that it will never die And at the roots of the a

  6. says:

    I started out liking this for the writing style but I ended up disliking it for the plot and the characters The plot was overcooked We had the gallows curse of the title plus the inderdict churches were closed by the Pope

  7. says:

    Bettie's Books

  8. says:

    Novelist Karen Maitland puts the dark into the Dark Ages In her first two novels Company of Liars and The Owl Killers she took us into the seamy side of the 1300's No knights and pageantry for Ms Maitland No martyrs or future Popes No farm boys turned empire builders or daughters of the suire scheming to marry up Her heroes and heroines are

  9. says:

    Oh my goodness Wow isn't nearly a good enough superlative for what this author doesHaving LOVED her first 2 books I was a touch nervous starting The Gallows curse in case it didn't live up to my very high expectations But it exceeded them I just cannot fault this lady's writing she brings the dark ages to life in the most believeable ways her use of modern language in conversation heavily peppered with atmospheric curses

  10. says:

    2 stars may be a little harsh but considering I gave Company of Liars 4 and Owl Killers 3 it had to be two Consider it a 25I did enjoy this book at the start I do love Maitland's mixing of Medieval history with the superstitions and witchery of the time but I felt the plot of this novel fell flat consistently At the end it felt li

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