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The Liberties of London (Red Ned Tudor series Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Gregory House , Alexander House
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Book Description

All Ned Bedwell wants for Christmas is a chance to fatten his lean purse. As a lowly apprentice lawyer in Tudor London, his chances of this happening aren’t good – that is until he hits upon the plan of hosting his own Christmas Revels for his fellow clerks at the Inns of Court. Feasting, drinking, dicing, and pretty girls playing sweet music – it couldn’t be better, and with the help of his friend, Rob Black, profitable too! What could possibly go wrong? Rob's redoubtable sister, Meg, has plans of her own for Ned. Instead he finds himself the escort and chaperone to Walter Dellingham, a young man of Lutheran persuasion, conducting him on a tour of London’s best ‘reformist’ sites, all the while led by a determined Meg Black. Revels or responsibility – how will Ned enjoy the fruits of his labours now? An amusing romp through the low life of Tudor England,

Welcome to Henry VIII’s Merrie England where politics, plots and murder are the currency of the realm.

Book 2 of the Red Ned Tudor Mystery series, followed by The Fetter Lane Fleece, A Comfit of Rogues, The Lord of Misrule, (A Yuletide compilation of the three novellas) The Smithfield Shambles, (to be released March 2013), The Trade of the Thames (to be released May 2013) and the Queen’s Oranges

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  • File Size: 493 KB
  • Print Length: 147 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004ZGWQW0
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A rolicking romp through Tudor London October 20, 2011
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For a novellette from a new writer, it has a ring of realism that can only come from someone well versed in the Tudor era and the underlying shenanigans going on in the time just before Cromwell's ascendancy.
For what is on the surface just a game of cat and mouse, the book weaves enough of the times, the reality of life back then, to make it an engaging romp. Red Ned makes a wonderful choice as the "hero" of the piece.
Slightly debauched, cunning (well he is a lad studying to be a lawyer) he finds himself drawn further into a situation he spends all the book extracting himself from.

looking forward to reading the rest of the series as they become available.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great story, in need of editing November 28, 2011
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I enjoyed the story, particularly because I am a lawyer and have great interest in the legal history of London. However, the book could have benefited from an editor. The misspelled words, grammatical errors, and typos were very distracting. I would like to continue reading this series, but I hope more care goes into the rest of it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Light hearted and fast paced June 26, 2011
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A good read and well researched for the historical setting of the story. Having just visited London for the first time a few weeks ago I enjoyed this book immensely.
The kindle version was excellent value. Looking forward to another Red Ned story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A rollicking read December 22, 2013
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This is a marvellous read set in Tudor England at the time of Henry VIII when he started to divorce Catherine of Aragon. It is true to it's time period and you feel that you have stepped into a Tudor Christmas and then the book moves into it's adventures and twists which keep you turning the page eagerly. I enjoyed it and I highly recommend it to you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story June 15, 2012
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I have really enjoyed all of the Red Ned mysteries. The characters are fun, the writing is well-done, and the mysteries are none-too-easy to figure out. I tend to be a reader who simply likes to be entertained. I'm a lawyer who spends all day long reading court papers and cases. When I have relaxation time, I just like to fall into a book and live in the story for a few hours. Greg House's books have been great. Before I know it, I've had a nice, little vacation in Tudor London and I'm ready for the next day at the office.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Does Earless Nick have ears or not? December 23, 2011
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The concept sails fairly closely to the CJ Sanssom Shardlake stories, but then again if you are writing about that era you are going to write about the same things. I really enjoyed the glossary at the beginning, which explained some of the terms and their meanings during that era. I had no idea that a tavern, inn and ale house were all different economic types of establishment. As for the story, it seemed to play second fiddle to the actual language of the time and the setting. I would like to see Ned solve a mystery or crime. I enjoyed it, but would have liked a little more story to chew on.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Tudor scalawags abound December 28, 2014
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Admittedly I have but paltry knowledge of Tudor England and to some extent felt I had been dumped in the middle of an era with little background. Fortunately, that didn't impede my understanding the gist of the story although a rudimentary knowledge of the political and religious issues of the times would have been helpful. I do not remember enough about Cromwell and Sir Thomas More to do me any good.

The complicated lead-in actually seemed a bit unnecessary for the storyline. I felt the author was trying to make more of the background than seemed warranted at times.

Author House indicates he heeds readers' concerns about typos and will "root them out." Well...have at the following:
~one use of effecting for affecting
~"chance of 'loosing' him again"
~" that had first 'drew' his interest"
~"lent" against a wall (leant)
~"ascent" used for "assent"
~"anything other 'and' sneering disdain"
~Newgate 'Goal' for Gaol

It took a while to get into the story and there were numerous ill-explained relationships; the elusive lamb "Walter" was an enigma in terms of how he became as knowledgable as the character portrayed.

The author managed to convey the flavor of "olde" London although it sometimes seemed to overlap with Dickens' settings several hundred years apart.

I could have done without the insertion of so much religious blather which without more background was nigh incomprehensible at times.

I actively disliked the character of Meg Black despite her pyrotechnics. One assumes she demonstrates some redeeming characteristics in other books of the series. On a positive note I found the "daemon" vs. "better angel" to be entertaining.
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This real life Gregory House was born in Sydney and has only rarely indulged in modern medical pursuits, preferring the more hands on and earthy approach of Tudor medicine. After many years of experiencing and surviving the finest 19th century education an Australian Grammar School could provide (ie an institution similar to Eton or Harrow in Britain), he went on to become a leading exponent of reconstruction archaeology in the Antipodes. That was followed by a diverse working life all over Australia, including kangaroo wrangling, numbat herding, wombat shearing not to mention the odd boring spot of film stunt work. Now he's settled down to write stories of Tudor rogues and misplaced archaeologists as well as the odd vampire or two, usually with his four legged muse Myrtle close by.

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