A Plague of Angels
In 1592, dashing courtier Sir Robert Carey took up his northern post as Warden of the West March in order to escape the complications of creditors and court life. Trouble, however, dogs his heels wherever he goes. And where he goes in autumn, after the summer's misadventures in Carlisle, is back... show more
In 1592, dashing courtier Sir Robert Carey took up his northern post as Warden of the West March in order to escape the complications of creditors and court life. Trouble, however, dogs his heels wherever he goes. And where he goes in autumn, after the summer's misadventures in Carlisle, is back to London upon a summons from his father.Carey is on difficult terms with his powerful sire, Henry, Lord Hunsdon. Hunsdon, son of Anne Boleyn's elder sister, Mary -- and probably of a young King Henry VIII -- swings a lot of weight as "cousin" to Queen Elizabeth. But Hunsdon needs his ingenious younger son, Carey to sort out the difficulties his elder son has got himself into as an innocent party in a plot to discredit the family.Accompanied by the shrewd Sergeant George Dodd, who's like a fish out of water as he copes with the strange Londoners, Carey tackles Catholics, treachery, and such persons known to history and students of literature as George Greene and Christopher Marlowe who are working as spies and double agents. Most arresting is a portrait of a love-sick, snivelling hanger-on named Will Shakespeare....
Publish date: October 1st 2000
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
Pages no: 252
Edition language: English
Series: Sir Robert Carey (#4)
Reads a bit like a checklist of what is normally not found in historical fiction. Gritty, nasty and just plain convoluted. Along with spying and an appearance from Shakespeare this seems to be trying a bit to hard to be something for everyone and yet failed me. Possibly it's because I came on thi...
You could always tell when you were near a town from the bodies hanging on the gibbets by the main road, thought Sergeant Dodd.Hot Damn but I wished I had bought the first in this series rather than being a cheapskate git and opting for the fourth 'cos it only cost one penny. My reasoning was that I...
In this installment Sir Robert is called home to London by his father to search for his missing brother, who has perhaps fallen with bad company, and must be searched for amidst a nest of players, including that weedy little balding guy, Shakespeare and an annoyingly arrogant atheistical Marlow who ...