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The Tudor Secret: A Novel (The Elizabeth I Spymaster Chronicles) Paperback – February 1, 2011
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Brendan Prescott was discovered by the Dudley's herbalist and raised among the Dudley boys (including Elizabeth's favorite, Robin) to be their servant. He was sent off to London to be Robert's squire when incidentally, he was set to spy for Robert, then for Elizabeth and Cecil, her trusted advisor. This book is an adventure set in the Nine-Day reign of Lady Jane Grey and her husband, Guiliford Dudley. It is a race against time to get the right princess on the throne, a race against the Dudleys' mad grasp for power and in the whole midst of the Prescott rushing to save Mary, the heir, he discovers truth about himself and who he was exactly.
This is a fun book, definitely and one I would recommend for those times when you just don't want to be bogged down into all the details about one's dresses and all that fun stuff. It is full of intrigue and it has a different twist to it than most books set in Tudor times. I've never read this author before but after reading this one, I am definitely interested in reading his other works! It provides just enough mystery to keep the reader guessing!
The Tudor Secret is a little different from rest of the flood of Tudor-era historicals out there. Instead of focusing on a compelling woman from history, the story instead follows the life of Brendan Prescott, the man who becomes the spymaster of Elizabeth I. Brendan is an orphan servant working as a squire in the influential Dudley household for Lord Robert Dudley. After coming to court, Brendan gets caught up in the inevitable intrigue and political plotting during the turbulent final days of King Edward VI's reign, the nine-day reign of Queen Jane Grey, and the battle for the throne between Henry VIII's two daughters and other ambitious nobles at court. While there, Brendan meets the firey young Elizabeth, whom he instantly takes a liking to. He becomes a spy for William Cecil, Elizabeth's protector. As he struggles with the dangerous politics of the British court, Brendan must juggle a strange, unexpected truth about his parents and who he is...Read more ›
Brandon is brought up in the midst of the Dudley family; treated as an orphan and scape goat of the Dudley boys, but, when the family is away at Court, Brandon has access to the many books owned by the Dudleys and schools himself in languages and history. Suddenly Brandon finds himself packed up and on the way to Court to serve as Robert Dudley's squire as payment for his upbringing. As soon as he is presented at Court he quickly becomes embroiled in a game of power and politics. An overheard comment that he "bears the mark of the Rose" brings back the pain of not knowing who his mother. Brandon wonders what the comment - and the hidden birthmark on his thigh- mean. Does someone know who his family was? Brandon begins to search for answers to his lineage. He learns to live by his quick wits. When he is introduced to the Lady Elizabeth he quickly becomes aligned with her & aids her as she seeks to gain access to her dying brother, Edward, in order to say good-bye.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
stayed close to the histyorical context. But those were exciting times.Published 4 months ago by Charles H Wadhams
Fast moving story with plenty of characters and allot of suspence.Published 4 months ago by Walter Zahn
C.W. Gortner is one of my all time favorite authors. The writing is absolutely fantastic, it's just the plot line itself that isn't exactly my favorite. Read morePublished 6 months ago by constance
Loved the book and am enjoying the whole series. I like the Tudor era of history and this is a new twist on centering the plot only on the main players.Published 7 months ago by Donna M Barron
My first book by C. W. GORTNER and was well pleased with his writing and the telling of the story. Plan to read more of his work in the future.Published 11 months ago by Charolette Brown
The Tudor Period is one that interests me and this was a reasonable tale of the times. However, had the total number of pages been halved nothing would have been lost.Published 13 months ago by David Lopatie
I was a little hesitant to jump on board with this book. I wasn't sure I would like it. I have no idea why because I ended up really loving this book. Read morePublished 14 months ago by P. Eberhardt
Very interesting perspective. The idea of a secret Tudor and his influence on history. Action packed with plenty of character development.Published 14 months ago by Connie R Petersen
Throughly enjoyed this book. Historical data well weaved into fictional story. Easy to connect all follow all character. Will read other books by this writer.Published 14 months ago by Elisa Corn