The Old Priory Author:Norah Lofts Few men have had to consider such an arrangement; fewer still could have ignored such a reward. Thus---dangerously, secretly --- a handsome young sailor with chestnut colored hair responds to the urgent appeals of an unlikely siren beckoning him to a room somewhere in Suffolk, in the England of 1590. There, in exchange for an enormous sum... more » of gold, he obliges a beautiful, recently widowed lady in the begetting of an heir whose birth will ensure the retention of her title and high station in life.
Arthur Tresize discovers ----almost too late---the menace that his constant, invisible companion during the entire escapade. Now, a sadder, no less adventurous man, he takes his gold and embarks upon a new life, establishing himself and two generations of his descendants at the Old Priory, long abandoned and supposedly cursed.
What happens there to Arthur Tresize and his heirs might indicate that, far from being the stuff of local legend, a curse, indeed, works its evil on those who call the Old Priory home. Although rich and respected, the Tresize family is plagued by premature death, tragic mishap, star crossed loves and bitter sibling hatred.« less