About the book
“[T]he melodramatic subject matter and an easy, rapid style make it a very entertaining read, and one which is greatly enhanced by the fascinating introduction by Rowland Hughes.” Charlotte Wightwick, The Historical Novel Society
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 best-seller 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.
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ISBN: 978-1-909291-34-8 Format: Paperback, 296pp Published: May 2016
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