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Tidelands is the highly-anticipated new novel from international bestseller Philippa Gregory. Set in 17th century England to a backdrop of political intrigue and unrest, this story is an exciting new direction for the author who brought the Plantagenet and Tudor queens to life.
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Midsummer’s Eve, 1648, and England is in the grip of an insoluble Civil War between renegade King and rebellious Parliament. The war reaches every corner of the kingdom, even to the remote Tidelands – the marshy landscape of the south coast.
Alinor, a working woman, trapped in poverty and superstition, waits in the graveyard under the full moon of a witching night to summon a ghost. Instead, she meets James, a young man on the run. Alinor shows him the secret ways across the treacherous marsh, not knowing that she is leading a spy and an enemy into the heart of her life.
Alinor’s island community is tense and fearful in these perilous times. Neighbours and rivals suspect Alinor of even worse than disloyalty to the little village and the new parliament that commands every aspect of their lives. This is the time of the witchfinders, and Alinor, a woman without a husband, skilled with herbs, suddenly enriched, arouses envy in her rivals and superstitious fear among the villagers, who are ready to take lethal action into their own hands.
Philippa Gregory is the author of many New York Times bestselling novels, including The Other Boleyn Girl, and is a recognized authority on women’s history. Many of her works have been adapted for the screen including The Other Boleyn Girl. Her most recent novel, The Last Tudor, is now in production for a television series.