The Hangman's Hymn (Stories Told on Pilgrimage from London to Canterbury, Bk 5)
The Hangman's Hymn - Stories Told on Pilgrimage from London to Canterbury, Bk 5 Author:P. C. Doherty, Paul C. Doherty An ingenious series of historical mysteries, each one using characters from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. In Chaucer's poem, the pilgrims narrate tales to pass the time during their journey to the sacred shrine of Canterbury; Doherty's pilgrims entertain their companions with stories of mystery, terror, and murder. — The carpenter's... more » tale of mystery and murder as he goes on pilgrimage from London to Canterbury
Stumbling upon an execution, Chaucer's pilgrims witness a hanging that leaves the carpenter in a dead faint. That evening, he narrates the tale of a Gloucester hangman whose involvement in the secretive punishment of three witches unleashes a vicious spate of revenge killings.
When Simon Cotterill, a carpenter, followes his sweetheart to Gloucester, he is beaten by her father's thugs. Homeless and with no family to help him, he accepts the only job he can find and joins the local hangman's crew, replacing a man whop himself was sent to the gebbet. But Simon feels rejected even by the desperate men he now works with, until he learns the secret of how a hanged man can walk away from his grave.« less