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Martyr - Rory Clements
Martyr
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England is close to war. Within days the axe could fall on the neck of Mary Queen of Scots, and Spain is already gathering a battle fleet to avenge her. Tensions in Elizabeth I’s government are at breaking point. At the eye of the storm is John Shakespeare, chief intelligencer in the secret... show more
England is close to war. Within days the axe could fall on the neck of Mary Queen of Scots, and Spain is already gathering a battle fleet to avenge her. Tensions in Elizabeth I’s government are at breaking point. At the eye of the storm is John Shakespeare, chief intelligencer in the secret service of Sir Francis Walsingham. When an intercept reveals a plot to assassinate England’s ‘sea dragon’, Francis Drake, Shakespeare is ordered to protect him. With Drake on land fitting out his ships, he is frighteningly vulnerable. If he dies, England will be open to invasion. In a London rife with rumour, Shakespeare must decide which leads to follow, which to ignore. When a high-born young woman is found mutilated and murdered at an illicit printing house, it is political gunpowder – and he has no option but to investigate. But why is Shakespeare shadowed at every turn by the brutal Richard Topcliffe, the blood-drenched priest-hunter who claims intimacy with Queen Elizabeth herself? What is Topcliffe’s interest in a housemaid, whose baby has been stolen? And where do two fugitive Jesuit priests fit into the puzzle, one happy to die for God, the other to kill for Him?
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780385342827 (0385342829)
ASIN: 385342829
Publisher: Bantam
Pages no: 391
Edition language: English
Series: John Shakespeare (#1)
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Carpe Librum
Carpe Librum rated it
4.0 Martyr by Rory Clements
First of all, let's just take a moment to appreciate that I finally finished a monthly read for More Historical Than Fiction. Yay, me! I know, I know. That's not really applause worthy, but I'm taking my successes where I can get them. ;-) This book was a quick, enjoyable read for me. As a fast-p...
A Scottish-Canadian Blethering On About Books
A Scottish-Canadian Blethering On About Books rated it
3.0 Martyr
I appreciated this "Elizabethan Thriller" not so much for its mystery as for its historical detail and for the lively writing. I thought at first that making John Shakespeare William's older and less known brother was a bit precious, but fortunately it wasn't over-insisted upon and Will only made a ...
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Tanzanite rated it
3.5 stars http://shelfandstuff.blogspot.com/2012/08/martyr-by-rory-clements.html
helenliz
helenliz rated it
1.0 Martyr: A Novel of Tudor Intrigue
A short notice purchase, it was the best of sainsbury's limited selection... ... And it was truely dire! There was a believeable framework, but there was superimposed on this a far fetched mess of a story. Set in Elizabeth 1's reign, it concerns the unravelling of a plot by the Spanish to kill Sir F...
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