The Gallows' Cheat - Brian Woolland

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I am currently working on a historical novel,

The Gallows' Cheat

It is set in London, in the years 1611 - 1612.

It is planned as the first of a trilogy set in the early seventeenth century

 

LONDON 1611

Seeking a sexual education, Thomas Ambrose takes Alice, a beautiful young prostitute, to Hyde Park. After losing his virginity, he falls asleep. He wakes to find his clothes stolen and Alice gone.  Wrapping himself in the blanket they have been making love on, he heads home in the rain.  He passes Tyburn. There has been a hanging. The storm has driven away the crowd.  As Tom watches, the naked body of the hanged man lurches to its knees and crawls away.  Shocked to his core, he decides that only the devil is able to enter a lifeless corpse and walk free from a gallows death....

 
 
 
 

A map of London at about the time when the novel is set

 
 
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