'The richest man in the world was dying and as he wandered in that wild, never-never land that lies between the end of life and infinity, he dreamed.' But as Paul Getty gasped his way to death he had no idea of the curse-ridden history of his magnificent mansion - Sutton Place.
The malediction of a Viking Queen who had suffered there was to lie on the land for centuries trailing evil in the lives of the men and women destined to live there. Getty himself believed there to be a curse on his family but had no conception of the awful truth that affected not only the Gettys but Robert Malet, William the Conqueror's henchman; Hugh Despenser and his homosexual lover; Edward II and Joan, the Fair Maid of Kent.
SUTTON PLACE tells of the casting of the curse at the nearby well by Edith, King Knut's niece, and of the evil it exuded over the Tudor builder of the mansion, Sir Richard Weston and his family. Richard's son falls victim to the curse, dying beneath the executioner's blade, his death warrant signed by Henry VIII.
In this gripping novel, the first in a trilogy, Dinah Lampitt explores the scourge which affects the inhabitants of Sutton Place, including Anne Boleyn during her struggle for the Queen's crown, press baron, Lord Northcliffe, and Getty himself. It is a dark destiny which hangs over those fated to own the doomed manor of Sutton.