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Grahame, Kenneth: The Headswoman. v2. 06 Dec 2015

The Headswoman by Kenneth Grahame (1859-1932)

By the author of “The Wind in the Willows,” “The Golden Age,” “Dream Days,” “Pagan Papers.”

First published 1898.
Version 2 revised December 2015 to remove illustrations still under copyright in “Life+70” countries.
The text of this book is in the public domain in countries where copyright is “Life+80” or less, and in the USA.

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This novella depicts a medieval village whose executioner—a beautiful woman—wins the hearts of those she must kill. Upon publication, Literary World deemed the book, "A delightful little tale with a tinge of satire in it. For gracefulness of style and charm in the telling of a story it is in the front rank, and that is saying a great deal.” (—Book jacket blurb)

The town’s executioner has died, and his eighteen-year-old daughter steps into the hereditary position — the situation is ripe for satire. A sly look at gender-based roles and social customs, this short humorous tale is a bit different from most of Grahame’s work, and readers expecting whimsey or nostalgia should perhaps seek elsewhere. When a medieval Seigneur speaks of “bloated capitalists,” you know you are in unusual territory.

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Text from Project Gutenberg. Formatted punctuation, restored italics and diacritics. Annotated translations of French and Latin phrases. Chapter heads are cross-linked to in-line Table of Contents. Embedded fonts for titling and caps
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