The Last Hours
by Minette Walters
Editor: Allen & Unwin
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June, 1348: Black plague between England and England through the port of Melcombe in Dorsetshire CountyUnprepared for the virulence of the disease, and the speed with which it spreads, the people of the county begin to die in the thousands.In Develish’s succession, Lady Anne takes control of her people’s future – including the lives of two hundred pasted serfsStrong, compassionate and resourceful, Lady Anne chooses a slave bastard, Thaddeus Thurkell, to act as her steward.Together, they decide to quarantine Develish by bringing the serfs inside the walls.With this abrupt reversal of the accepted social order, where serfs exist only to serve their lords, conflicts soon arise.Ignorant of what is happening in the outside world, they struggle with themselves, with God and with the terrible uncertainty of their future.Lady Anne of people are afraid of famine, but they are afraid of the plague, moreWho among them does not have the courage to leave the security of the wallsAnd the degree of security is anyone in Develish when a terrible event that threatens the uncomfortable status quo
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