A Week to Be Wicked (Spindle Cove, Book 2) by Tessa Dare

By Tessa Dare

Whilst a devilish lord and a bluestocking trigger at the street to damage . . . time isn't really on their side.

Minerva Highwood, considered one of Spindle Cove's proven spinsters, should be in Scotland.

Colin Sandhurst, Lord Payne, a rake of the 1st order, has to be . . . wherever yet Spindle Cove.

These not likely companions have one week:to faux an elopement

to persuade friends and family they're "in love"

to outrun armed robbers

to live on their worst nightmares

to commute 400 miles with out killing each one other

All whereas sharing a truly small carriage by way of day and an excellent smaller mattress by means of night.

What they don't have time for is their transforming into allure. less wild ardour. And heaven forbid they spend invaluable hours baring their hearts and souls.

Suddenly one week sounds like precisely adequate time to discover an international of hassle. and perhaps . . . simply probably . . . eternal love.

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Such leniency did not always please the crowd. Records show spectators sometimes would buy a thief who was to be quickly executed and arrange to see him being drawn and quartered instead. Flaying and burial alive, head down, also were used. Cruelty permeated many pastimes. Bear baiting, dog fighting, and the worrying of badgers were common. In the Low Countries, crowds at fairs enjoyed watching blind men with clubs being penned up in a small enclosure and coerced into trying to beat each other’s brains out.

To cut down sources of contagion when plague threatened, many cities banned the resale of old clothes (which were burned instead). Communal public baths were banned, too. Florence had a city ordinance forbidding citizens to throw dead cats into the river Arno. But there, as elsewhere, people were buried in city churchyards that leached into nearby streams. In some places, garbage was burned or collected to be tossed over the city walls. ) In Italian cities, piazzas were kept clean, but in the backstreets, refuse simply lay around to be churned to a kind of black muck after rains.

Among those titles, though, was a bestseller called The Hammer of Witches. Written by a pair of Dominican scholars and made public in 1486, with help from a papal bull against the heresy of witchcraft, it helped set off two centuries of torturing, hanging, burning, and drowning. The book describes how witches consort with the devil and how they can be identified. It provided the formula for preparing the magic salve they rubbed on themselves so they could fly: First, feed stolen, consecrated wafers to toads; then burn the toads and mix with powder from the bones of hanged men and the blood of newborn infants.

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