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Incendium Summer, And England Is Vulnerable Fear Of Plague And Insurrection Taint The Air, And Heresy, Fanaticism And Religious Unrest Seethe Beneath The Surface Of Society Rumour And Mistrust Lead To Imprisonment, Torture And Sometimes Murder To The Young Lawyer Christopher Radcliff And His Patron And Employer, Robert Dudley, Earl Of Leicester, The Prospects For Peace Are Grave And As Leicester S Chief Intelligencer, He Is Charged With Investigating Both The Rumours Of Rebellion At Home And Invasion From Abroad But Radcliff S Own Life Is Far From Orderly His Relationship With The Widow Katherine Allingham Is Somewhat Turbulent And The Cut Throat World Of Court Politics Leaves No Room For Indiscretions That The Queen S Own Cousin, The Duke Of Norfolk, Is Found Guilty Of Treason, It Is A Sign Of Just How Deep The Dissent Goes Jesuit Priests Have Been Sent To England In Order To Foment Revolt But The Threat Of A Catholic Uprising Comes Not Just From Within Across The Channel, France Is Caught Up In A Frenzy Of Brutal Religious Persecution And England S Other Enemy Of Old, Spain, Is Making Preparations To Invade England Is A Powder Keg, Just Waiting For A Spark To Ignite It And Then Christopher Radcliff Hears Word Of A Plot That Could Provide That Spark The Word Is Incendium But What Does It Mean And Who Lies Behind It Suddenly Christopher Radcliff Is Caught Up In A Race Against Time Incendium fire and death in the name of piety I love historical mystery fiction especially when featuring some ell known players such as Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester and favourite of Queen Elizabeth I of England.As in reality, there is a plot against the Queen following what was known as the Ridolfi Plot 1571 There were plots on both sides of the English Channel as Paris prepares for the wedding of Henry of Navarre and Marguerite de Valois which in itself is just a prelude to th Incendium fire and death in the name of piety I love historical mystery fiction especially when featuring some ell known players such as Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester and favourite of Queen Elizabeth I of England.As in reality, there is a plot against the Queen following what was known as the Ridolfi Plot 1571 There were plots on both sides of the English Channel as Paris prepares for the wedding of Henry of Navarre and Marguerite de Valois which in itself is just a prelude to the St Bartholomew Day s massacre.Dr Christopher Radcliffe, lawyer and spy for Leicester, is given the task to investigate and root out treason and its culprits wherever they may be But the word incendium whispers of a new plot against the Queen Swanston gives us a real feel for Elizabeth London, the viper s nest , where there arereal life treasonable plots than you could poke a stick at And just when you think all is resolved, you find yourself only halfway through Very clever writing 3.5 rounded up because I want to seefrom this series Incendium is a historical spy fiction set during the reign of Elisabeth I Christopher Radcliff, a former law professor is employed by Earl of Leicester, a close adviser to the Queen, as chief intelligencer His job is to keep the Earl informed regarding potentials plots against the Crown Dr Radcliff engages the help of a series of interesting agents who listen around and report if they hear any interesting whispers The novel begins 3.5 rounded up because I want to seefrom this series Incendium is a historical spy fiction set during the reign of Elisabeth I Christopher Radcliff, a former law professor is employed by Earl of Leicester, a close adviser to the Queen, as chief intelligencer His job is to keep the Earl informed regarding potentials plots against the Crown Dr Radcliff engages the help of a series of interesting agents who listen around and report if they hear any interesting whispers The novel begins with the brutal murder of one of the lawyer s agents and his wife In the same time, Dr Radcliff is sent to France by the Earl in order to receive an important message from the English ambassador in Paris, just in time to assist to one of the most horrible mass murders in History, the Massacre of St Bartholomew Day The two events slowly, slowly come together and a new plot to kill the Queen has to be discovered and crushed The historical information was well presented and engaging, I could immediately see that the author is a historian who knows this period well I was encouraged by what I read to studyabout the historical characters and events Even though the outcome of the plot is obvious if you know a bit of history, the story still managed to keep me interested and tension was well built I have two minor complains At the beginning I found that it was difficult to keep my attention on what I was reading I don t know if it was my fault or the writing, but the situation resolved itself shortly Secondly, the characters could have been better drawn andinteresting My favorite was the prostitute spy because she was funny, spiritual and smart The others did not differentiate so well The Earl was extremely irritating as all the meetings between him and Christopher wereor less about the same thing Him requesting and threatening his protegee to find a solution fast or else After hearing the same conversation over and over and over again I was bored and annoyed with the author for making the character so one dimensional There is also a love story which felt a bit flat and I would have like to seepassion between the 2 All in all, an interesting and well written historical mystery novel, in the style of C.J Sansom Thanks to Netgalley and Random House UK, Transworld Publishers for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review AD Swanson knows his Elizabethan history as he illustrates in this piece of historical fiction of 1572, the first in the Dr Christopher Radcliff series, set in stinking, poverty ridden, London, although there is a harrowing picture of Paris, with its out of control terror, butchery and massacre of Huguenots Radcliff is a Law Professor, no longer able to work in Cambridge and now is Robert Dudley s Earl of Leicester chief spy and intelligence gatherer of plots and conspiracies aimed at removin AD Swanson knows his Elizabethan history as he illustrates in this piece of historical fiction of 1572, the first in the Dr Christopher Radcliff series, set in stinking, poverty ridden, London, although there is a harrowing picture of Paris, with its out of control terror, butchery and massacre of Huguenots Radcliff is a Law Professor, no longer able to work in Cambridge and now is Robert Dudley s Earl of Leicester chief spy and intelligence gatherer of plots and conspiracies aimed at removing Elizabeth, replacing her with Mary, Queen of Scots and restoring Catholicism as the faith of England We see how close to Elizabeth the conspirators are, as the book opens with the execution of her cousin, the Duke of Norfolk There is a febrile atmosphere as paranoia reigns supreme, with the threat of a Spanish invasion on the horizon and England is ill equipped to defend itself Radcliff has agents in the city, who can go where he cannot, in his efforts to keep one step ahead of the plotters Two of his friends and agents, Nicholas and Sarah Houseman are murdered because of their awareness of the mysterious term, Incendium Their bodies are removed from their home and all their valuables taken.Radcliff is disturbed by the disappearance of the Housemans, refusing to accept that they have left London However, it is difficult to get to the bottom of the mystery, and his patron, Leicester is not minded to view this as important, he has farimportant matters to deal with, as he talks of a nest of vipers, the wild rumours that abound and a Queen that is struggling to come to terms with the treachery she has faced from her close family circles Leicester, at the instigation of the Queen, has acquired a young, new and ambition man, John Berwick, who makes Radcliff uncomfortable and ill at ease as he surmises that Berwick means to usurp his strong position with Leicester Against his better judgement, Radcliff goes to Paris, only to witness the city tip over into a nightmare as thousands of Protestants are slain after the killing of the Huguenot leader, Admiral Coligny Radcliff understands that behind these events are powerful forces whose ultimate aim is to destabilise London and assassinate Elizabeth Radcliff faces setback after setback as his judgement is questioned and he is confined to his house However, he is not a man to give up as he finds himself in danger and caught up in a desperate fight to ensure that Elizabeth is safe Swanston has written a historical thriller that captures the atmosphere of a London reeling under the threats that threaten the rule of Queen Elizabeth 1, with real figures from the period such as Sir Francis Walsingham, the Earl of Leicester, and the Duke of Norfolk prominent in the narrative The author depicts a insightful picture of the state of affairs at Whitehall Palace, with all its intrigue and deception, and Leicester is not immune to feelings of fear and insecurity which he takes out on Radcliff Executions are viewed as must see forms of public entertainment and there is the horrifyingly popular practice of bear baiting This is an entertaining and suspenseful read, although I felt the character of Radcliff needsdevelopment to make him feel like aauthentic character Nevertheless, this a compelling novel that I particularly recommend to those interested in Elizabethan history Many thanks to Random House Transworld for an ARC The guards came that night Christopher was roused and told to dress Where am I to be taken he asked, rubbing the sleep from his eyes The tower, replied one of the guards The Earl of Leicester has commanded it Christopher swore Had the earl changed his mind again They travelled by barge to the Tower stairs Christopher huddled into his cloak against the night cold To their left, glimmers of light from watchmen s lanterns flickered in the blackness to their right the marshes and mea The guards came that night Christopher was roused and told to dress Where am I to be taken he asked, rubbing the sleep from his eyes The tower, replied one of the guards The Earl of Leicester has commanded it Christopher swore Had the earl changed his mind again They travelled by barge to the Tower stairs Christopher huddled into his cloak against the night cold To their left, glimmers of light from watchmen s lanterns flickered in the blackness to their right the marshes and meadows were black as pitch At night, the river was a strange ghostly place and, especially under London Bridge where the currents sucked and swirled, a place of dangerGreat historical mystery crime book Makes me think of C.J Sansom Matthew Shardlake and S.J Parris Giordano Bruno Here s another historical hero to add to the list academic, lawyer and intelligencer Dr Christopher Radcliff Recommended for those who like a good, entertaining history book, atmospheric, entertaining interesting It is the first in a new series set during the reign Elizabeth I Enjoyed it This is the story The England of Elizabeth I is a country on the brink Fear of plague and invasion is ever present, the threat of insurrection constant Heresy and religious unrest simmer beneath the surface And the execution that summer of the queen s own cousin, Duke of Norfolk, for treason, suggests that the discord and divisions run deep For lawyer Christopher Radcliff and his patron, Earl of Leicester, the prospects of peace seem at best poor Radcliff s role is to investigate both treachery at home and the ever present papist threat from abroad And then a whisper reaches him of a new plot against the queen Great book

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