The Trial of Gwen Foley
Lichfield, England 1723. A woman accused of witchcraft and murder faces the hangman’s noose unless Hester Albright and the Lunar Society can save her. Is Gwen Foley a witch and a murderer who deserves to hang, or is she an innocent scapegoat? With the help of her friends in the Lunar Society, Hester is determined to find out.
Lichfield, England 1723. A woman accused of witchcraft and murder faces the hangman’s noose unless Hester and the Lunar Society can save her.
Hester, the wife of an acting magistrate, is fighting a cause. Sickened by the hanging of a woman who had been brutalised by her husband, and still deeply affected by her own childhood experiences, Hester feels compelled to help women who face the death penalty.
When Hester’s husband is summoned to the scene of a murder, Hester accompanies him. They discover that the victim, Lady Aston, is clutching a witch’s bottle. Lord Aston is convinced that Gwen Foley, a woman in the village, has murdered his wife.
Gwen is branded as a witch and is dragged from her cottage to gaol to await trial. But Hester believes Gwen is innocent and promises to help.
Is Gwen a witch and a murderer who deserves to hang?
With the help of Samuel Johnson and the Lunar Society, Hester is about to find out.