Lady of Hay

By Barbara Erskine,

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A story spanning centuries. A long awaited revenge.

In London, journalist Jo Clifford plans to debunk the belief in past-lives in a hard-hitting magazine piece. But her scepticism is shaken when a hypnotist forces her to relive the experiences of Matilda, Lady of Hay, a noblewoman during the reign of…

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Arguably the landmark novel of the time-slip genre. Using hypnosis and the idea of a previous life lived, this story transports Jo, a woman of the 20th century back into the past with all its horrors and disease in a believable ride across the barriers of time to the reign of King John. As Matilda, her life is plagued by treachery and a cruel death as two lives become bound to each other. It begs the question as to whether reincarnation and past life really exist and, if so, is hypnosis the way to establish the truth and enter…

Medieval time has always interested me, and this tells the story of Matilda, Lady of Hay, her brutal husband, William de Braose, and the vengeful King John, told in flashbacks from the present as Jo Clifford takes part in an experiment with hypnosis and becomes possessed by Matilda. Jo finds herself reliving those dark days in company with her lover, Nick, and his twisted brother Sam, who are themselves reincarnations from Matilda’s past. At stake is Jo’s happiness and even her life as she takes on the persona of the beautiful but doomed Lady Matilda de Braose, while Jo’s lover…

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