The Tudor Secret (The Elizabeth I Spymaster Chronicles)
The era of the Tudors was one of danger, intrigue, conspiracy, and, above all, spies.Summer 1553: A time of danger and deceit. Brendan Prescott, an orphan, is reared in the household of the powerful Dudley family. Brought to court, Prescott finds himself sent on an illicit mission to the king’s... show more
The era of the Tudors was one of danger, intrigue, conspiracy, and, above all, spies.Summer 1553: A time of danger and deceit. Brendan Prescott, an orphan, is reared in the household of the powerful Dudley family. Brought to court, Prescott finds himself sent on an illicit mission to the king’s brilliant but enigmatic sister, Princess Elizabeth. But Brendan is soon compelled to work as a double agent by Elizabeth’s protector, William Cecil, who promises in exchange to help him unravel the secret of his own mysterious past. A dark plot swirls around Elizabeth’s quest to unravel the truth about the ominous disappearance of her seriously ill brother, King Edward VI. With only a bold stable boy and an audacious lady-in-waiting at his side, Brendan plunges into a ruthless gambit of half-truths, lies, and murder. Filled with the intrigue and pageantry of Tudor England, The Tudor Secret is the first book in The Elizabeth I Spymaster Chronicles.
Publish date: 2011-02-01
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Pages no: 352
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Historical Fiction
, Historical Mystery
, 16th Century
I enjoyed [b:The Tudor Secret|8871844|The Tudor Secret (The Spymaster Chronicles, #1)|C.W. Gortner|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1402186791s/8871844.jpg|285073]. Brendon Prescott is "recruited" to be a spy for Princess Elizabeth. The twists the story took weren't wholly unexpected, but I was engage...
Setting: England, London, Whitehall PalaceTime: 1602, 1553Main characters: Brendan Prescott - an orphan raised in the Dudley household, Princess Elizabeth, Edward VI, William Cecil - Baron Burghley.First paragraph: "Everyone has a secret.Like the oyster with its grain of sand, we bury it deep within...
What an outstanding novel. Ironically, I'm not a Tudor fan, but this story was completely too good not to see where it would lead. Full of unlikely heroes and unlikely villains, I was captivated from the first page to the last. Like a Tudor mystery, I was engaged and found myself not so easily ab...
Brendan Prescott was abandoned as a baby and he was brought up in the Dudley family. Living with the Dudley boys isn’t always easy and they makes sure that Brendan knows he’s just a foundling. When he’s 20 he is brought to court to be squire to Robert Dudley. Soon an errand for Robert takes Brendan ...
The plot was a bit convoluted at times, but it was mostly a fun read with lots of action and courtly intrigue involving some familiar faces from the Tudor period interspersed with some purely fictional characters. The story was extremely unrealistic which bothered me a bit. For example, when Brendan...