Damned Charity

The East Midlands, England. Autumn 1766. The Industrial Revolution has began and the country folk are moving to the towns in search of work and better wages, only to discover that they are now reliant upon food produced in the countryside and brought for sale in the local markets. Several years of poor harvests coupled with a lack of sound economic control by the Government have resulted in food shortages. Traders stockpile basic foodstuffs and farmers send their wares further afield to achieve a greater profit. As a result prices soar and rioting and unrest breaks out. In Nottingham, at the annual Goose Fair, the object of the mob's fury is cheese, and the actions of the rabble leads to confrontation with the authorities. The Military is called to arms, citizens are arrested and Magistrates attempt to diffuse the situation but with limited success. As the disturbances spread along the Trent valley, warehouses, wagons, and even barges on the River Trent are attacked and plundered. Daniel Thorpe, a Stockinger from Shardlow travels to the fair with his companions Jake and Charity in order to to sell his fine hose. Charity is concerned that trouble will break out and Jake offers to take her home leaving Daniel to arrange for a shipment of cloth. However, on his way to the meeting, Daniel becomes involved in the rioting and is trapped in the town. Later, returning home, he discovers that Charity has gone missing, her family believing that Jake has abducted her. Daniel joins in with the search only to be swept up once more in the riots but this time his presence is noted by the authorities. With his liberty and perhaps his life in jeopardy the race is on to find Jake and Charity but Daniel needs time and for him, time is rapidly running out.
ISBN: 9781788769273
Type: Paperback
Pages: 298
Published: 4 July 2019
Price: $12.95

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