Philippa Gregory

1648, and England is in the grip of civil war between renegade King and rebellious Parliament. The struggle reaches every corner of the kingdom, even to the remote Tidelands - the marshy landscape of the south coast. Alinor, a descendant of wise women, crushed by poverty and superstition, waits in the graveyard under the full moon for a ghost who will declare her free from her abusive husband. Instead she meets James, a young man on the run, and shows him the secret ways across the treacherous marsh, not knowing that she is leading disaster into the heart of her life.


England, 1648. The country is riven by civil war and witch-mania. When Alinor, a young peasant woman, skilled with herbs and ancient health remedies, meets a young Catholic priest on the run from Oliver Cromwell, she faces malice, envy, and grave danger. A riveting Tudor historical story.

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