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A Tudor thriller featuring Giorda Bru, renegade monk, philosopher and heretic, for fans of C. J. Sansom and The Name of the Rose Autumn, 1583. The skies above England harbour dark omens ...An astrological phemen heralds the dawn of a new age and a young maid of hour is murdered, occult symbols carved into her flesh.The court's loyalties are tested. Its murderous secrets exposed.When Mary Stuart's supporters scheme to usurp Queen Elizabeth's throne, spymaster Francis Walsingham calls on Giorda Bru to infiltrate the plotters. The proof he seeks is within his grasp. But the young woman's murder could point to an even more sinister truth ...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 danger and intrigue.
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.