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The First Horseman by D. K. Wilson
  

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1536, Anne Boleyn has been beheaded but the monasteries still stand. We have Cromwell plotting to change the church and embrace the New English Bible. It is being printed in Antwerp under the direction of a priest, Tyndale, who did not support Henry VIII’s divorce from Anne so Cromwell had him burnt as a heretic. A man called Robert Packington was detailed to go to Antwerp where he was murdered. Enter our series hero, Thomas Treviot, a good friend of Packington’s determined to avenge the murder. Incidentally Packington was the first to be murdered by hand gun, I’m told. I assume the historic research is correct for this begins a series of books based on real unsolved Tudor crimes. A lovely idea. Thomas Treviot, a young goldsmith, will be our amateur sleuth throughout.

If you like D. K. Wilson you might also like to read books by S. J. Parris, C J Sansom and James Forrester.

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Synopsis

The First Horseman by D. K. Wilson

1536. In the corrupt heart of Tudor London a killer waits in the shadows...The Real Crime Before dawn on a misty November morning in 1536, prominent mercer Robert Packington was gunned down as he crossed Cheapside on his way to early morning mass. It was the first assassination by handgun in the history of the capital and subsequently shook the city to its core. The identity of his assassin has remained a mystery. Our Story Thomas Treviot is a young London goldsmith and a close family friend of Robert Packington. Through his own upstanding social connections - and some less upstanding acquaintances he has made along the way - Thomas launches a dramatic investigation into Packington's death. As Thomas searches for revenge, he must travel from the golden heart of merchant London, to the straw-covered backstreets of London's poorest districts before reaching the country's seat of power: the court of King Henry VIII. Before long he is drawn into a dark conspiracy beyond his wildest imaginings and claiming justice for his friend starts to look impossible. Especially when Thomas realises that Robert wasn't the man he thought he knew...

Reviews

The First Horseman is a resounding success that blends fact and fiction to create a gripping, fast moving Tudor crime story that educates as well as fascinates...Wilson has created a compelling character, and the fact that this series will continue to revolve around real life Tudor mysteries is fantastic...unputdownable would be an understatement. * The Bookbag * The sense of period is impeccable, and the reader really gets a sense of how shocking this murder must have been... The story has more twists than a dancing serpent and the pace is relentless, yet it is the characterisation and the little details that make it such a good read. * Historical Novels Review * If you liked Shardlake, you will love this exciting new series of novels set in the turbulent age of Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn and Thomas Cromwell, and effortlessly underpinned by the brilliant scholarship for which Derek Wilson is renowned. We feel we are really there, in an authentically evoked Tudor London, hot on the trail of a real-life murder mystery. Highly recommended! * Alison Weir, bestselling author and historian *


About the Author

D.K. Wilson is an historian and expert on the Tudor period, having already published acclaimed non-fiction books on Tudor England and Henry VIII.

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Book Info

Publication date

28th August 2014

Author

D. K. Wilson

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Author's Website

www.derekwilson.com/
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Publisher

Sphere an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group

Format

Paperback
512 pages

Categories

Historical Fiction
Crime / Mystery
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ISBN

9780751550368

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