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Life and Death of the Wicked Lady Skelton, Paperback / softback Book

Life and Death of the Wicked Lady Skelton Paperback / softback

Description

First published in 1944, Magdalen King-Hall's Life and Death of the Wicked Lady Skelton is a historical novel set in late-seventeenth-century England.

It tells the story of Barbara Skelton, a well-born young woman trapped in a loveless marriage, who finds escape from the tedium of her life by leading a double life as a highway robber.

Rich in historical detail and high on melodrama, the novel follows Barbara's infamous career of robbery, adultery and murder, without painting her entirely as a monster.

Indeed, the novel's status as a bestseller owes much to King-Hall's sympathetic depiction of the frustrations of domestic life for an ambitious, intelligent woman with no means of self-expression.

Information

  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 296 pages
  • Publisher: University of Hertfordshire Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Literary studies: from c 1900 -
  • ISBN: 9781909291348