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At a manor called Rookwood Place, there existed a legend claiming that a death would follow after a branch of an ancient tree would break. After a branch does fall from the tree, Piers Rookwood, the owner, dies. It is revealed to Luke Bradley that he was the son, and thus heir, of Piers Rookwood along with the fact that Piers Rookwood murdered Bradley's mother. At the same time, Rookwood's wife, Maud Rookwood, puts forth her own schemes to ensure that her son, Ranulph Rookwood, is able to claim the inheritance for himself. In the heap of schemes, treasons and love triangles shows up Dick Turpin, a highwayman and thief, who is introduced at the manor under the pseudonym Palmer. While there, he makes a bet with one of the guests that he could capture the old Rookwood inheritance for himself.

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Windsor Castle is a historical romance with gothic elements that depicts Henry VIII's pursuit of Anne Boleyn. Intertwined with the story are the actions of Herne the Hunter, a legendary ghost that haunts Windsor woods. When Henry VIII decides to replace Catherine of Aragon with Anne Boleyn as his wife, some of the individuals close to the Court oppose Henry and his desires for Boleyn. One of them is Thomas Wyat who wants Boleyn for himself. Other is Cardinal Wolsey, who also opposes the marriage and uses his own daughter, Mabel Lyndwood, to lure Henry away from Boleyn. Eventually, Wolsey turns to outing Wyat's desires for Boleyn to the Court, which almost results in Wyat's execution but is stopped before that point. Meanwhile, Henry VIII tries to deal with Herne the Hunter, a spirit of Windsor Forest and an evil force that seeks to take the souls of people, but falls short. Thomas Wyat and Mable Lyndwood get captured by Herne and the two fall in love in captivity, while Catherine accepts her fate, but warns Boleyn, who also has some dark secrets, that Henry will treat her in the same way.

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This carefully edited collection has been designed and formatted to the highest digital standards and adjusted for readability on all devices. Table of Contents: Novels: Rookwood Jack Sheppard The Tower of London Guy Fawkes Old Saint Paul's The Miser's Daughter Windsor Castle The Lancashire Witches Auriol The Star Chamber Ovingdean Grange Cardinal Pole The Constable de Bourbon Boscobel The Good Old Times (The Manchester Rebels of the Fatal '45) Preston Fight The Leaguer of Lathom Chetwynd Calverley Short Stories: The Spectre Bride The Old London Merchant A Night's Adventure in Rome

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"Boscobel; or, the royal oak: A tale of the year 1651" by William Harrison Ainsworth. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten−or yet undiscovered gems−of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.

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Historical novels of William Harrison Ainsworth are mainly set in 16th and 17th century England and they lean on actual historical events and persons. Putting his fictional characters in historical context, Ainsworth creates thrilling plots and sensational intrigues and affairs. This carefully crafted ebook is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents: Rookwood Jack Sheppard The Tower of London Guy Fawkes Old Saint Paul's The Miser's Daughter Windsor Castle The Lancashire Witches Auriol The Star Chamber Ovingdean Grange Cardinal Pole The Constable de Bourbon Boscobel The Good Old Times (The Manchester Rebels of the Fatal '45) Preston Fight The Leaguer of Lathom Chetwynd Calverley

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Jack Sheppard is a historical romance novel based on the real life of the 18th-century criminal Jack Sheppard. The events of the story begin with the notorious criminal and thief-catcher Jonathan Wild encouraging Jack Sheppard's father to a life of crime. Wild once pursues Sheppard's mother, and eventually turns Sheppard's father over to the authorities, and he is soon after executed. Sheppard's mother is left alone to raise Sheppard. Paralleling these events is the story of Thames Darrell. On 26 November 1703 Darrell is removed from his immoral uncle Sir Rowland Trenchard, and is given to Mr. Wood to be raised, so both Darrell and Sheppard spend their adolescence living with Mr. Wood. Several years pass and Sheppard becomes a thief robbing various people. He and his companion Blueskin, from Jonathan Wild's group, attack the Wood's household, and Blueskin murders Mrs. Woods. This upsets Sheppard which results in his separation from Wild's group. Sheppard befriends Darrel again and spends his time trying to correct Blueskin's wrong, ingeniously escaping Wild's posse.

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This carefully edited William Ainsworth collection has been designed and formatted to the highest digital standards and adjusted for readability on all devices. Table of Contents: Novels: Rookwood Jack Sheppard The Tower of London Guy Fawkes Old Saint Paul's The Miser's Daughter Windsor Castle The Lancashire Witches Auriol The Star Chamber Ovingdean Grange Cardinal Pole The Constable de Bourbon Boscobel The Good Old Times (The Manchester Rebels of the Fatal '45) Preston Fight The Leaguer of Lathom Chetwynd Calverley Short Stories: The Spectre Bride The Old London Merchant A Night's Adventure in Rome

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This novel is based on the true story of the Pendle witches, who were executed in 1612 for causing harm by witchcraft. The story begins against the backdrop of the 1536 Pilgrimage of Grace, an uprising by northern Catholics against the English Reformation instituted by King Henry VIII. John Paslew, Abbot of Whalley tries to organize his forces in preparation for joining the main body of the rebel army, but he collides with Nicholas Demdike, known as the husband of a notorious witch. Demdike foretells the death of abbot, but claims that he can help him if he baptizes Demdike's daughter. The abbot declines, cursing the child to be a witch and the mother of witches. Following story is based largely on the official account of the Lancashire witch trials.

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This early work is William Harrison Ainsworth’s 1841 historical romance, “Guy Fawkes Or The Gunpowder Treason”. The first book in Ainsworth’s of «Lancashire novels» series, it deals with the infamous Gunpowder Plot of 1605. An exciting and masterful retelling of the scheme to destroy British Parliament, this book is highly recommended for lovers of historical fiction, and constitutes a must-read for fans of Ainsworth’s work. William Harrison Ainsworth (1805–1882) was an English novelist, famous for his historical fiction. Many classic books such as this are becoming increasingly rare and expensive. We are republishing this volume now in an affordable, modern, high-quality edition complete with a specially commissioned new biography of the author.