LAST HOURS


LAST HOURS

MINETTE WALTERS    Book Number: 85876    Product format: Hardback

"Minette Walters has brought her impressive skill as a writer of psychological crime to create a dark and gripping depiction of Medieval England in the jaws of the Black Death." This sweeping saga is set in June 1348 when the Black Death enters England through the port of Melcombe in the county of Dorsetshire. Unprepared for the virulence of the disease and the speed with which it spreads, people start to die in their thousands. In the estate of Develish, Lady Anne takes control of her people's future, including the lives of two hundred bonded serfs. Strong, compassionate and resourceful, she chooses a bastard slave, Thaddeus Thurkell, to act as her steward. Together they decide to quarantine Develish by bringing the serfs inside the walls. With this sudden overturning of the accepted social order, conflicts soon arise. Ignorant of what is happening in the outside world they wrestle with themselves, with God and with the terrible uncertainty of their futures. Lady Anne's people fear starvation, but they fear the pestilence more. Who amongst them has the courage to leave the security of the walls and how safe is anyone from this dreadful threat? With whole villages deserted, the entire social order where serfs exist only to serve their lords is threatened. 545pp with historic maps.
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ISBN 9781760632137
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