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A vivid and gripping historical thriller set in Elizabethan England introducing Giorda Bru, philosopher, scientist and spy for all fans of C.J.Sansom and The Name of the Rose. In Elizabeth's England, true faith can mean bloody murder...Oxford, 1583. A place of learning. And murderous schemes.The country is rife with plots to assassinate Queen Elizabeth and return the realm to the Catholic faith. Giorda Bru is recruited by the queen's spymaster and sent undercover to expose a treacherous conspiracy in Oxford - but his own secret mission must remain hidden at all costs.A spy under orders. A coveted throne under threat.When a series of hideous murders ruptures close-knit college life, Bru is compelled to investigate. And what he finds makes it brutally clear that the Tudor throne itself is at stake...Heretic, maverick, charmer: Giorda Bru is always on his guard. Never more so than when working for Queen Elizabeth and her spymaster - for this man of letters is w an agent of intrigue and danger.
No. 1 Sunday Times bestseller S. J. Parris is the pseudonym of the author and journalist Stephanie Merritt. It was as a student at Cambridge researching a paper on the period that Stephanie first became fascinated by the rich history of Tudor England and Renaissance Europe. Since then, her interest has grown and led her to create this series of historical thrillers featuring Giordano Bruno. Stephanie has worked as a critic and feature writer for a variety of newspapers and magazines, as well as radio and television. She currently writes for the Observer and the Guardian, and lives in Surrey with her son.
Short-listed for CWA Ellis Peters Historical Award 2010.