My rating: 2 of 5 stars
This book was ok but no where near up to the form of Maitland’s earlier books. Set in the reign of Richard II, it tells the tale of a widow who bewitches a wealthy married merchant, it soon turns out that this widow has a bit of a past and the merchant and his family may be in danger. There is also a separate subplot about a boatman and his family, struggling to find work. The two plots are only very loosely tied together. The problem I found with this book was that I had so little sympathy for the merchant, I struggled to find any reason to care about what the widow did to him.