A novel of espionage, romance and intrigue set in 1536 amidst the dissolution of the monasteries. Based on historical events, this post-medieval mystery is laced with romance, fuelled by greed and decorated with bouts of feasting, smuggling and jailbreak.
A 'Piece of Passion' from the publisher...
'I bought this book for Lion Fiction because it is so full of life. Henry completely engages the reader in the turbulence surrounding the end of the Middle Ages, and the dreams and agonies attendant upon the birth of the Renaissance. Brother Pacificus is particularly finely drawn, as are the three youngsters. The horrors of religious bigotry, and the manipulation of religion for political ends, are starkly depicted; but there is also a redemptive strand within the book which is neither trite nor comfortable. You have the sense that the author utterly lives his creation: a true labour of love.' – Tony Collins, Publisher, Lion Fiction.
1536: a year when strange ideas intrude, strange lands are discovered, and the king's dissolution of the monasteries overturns the customs and authorities of centuries. In the new world order, spies abound and no one can be trusted. For Brother Pacificus of the Abbey of St Benet's in Norfolk, it seems as if his Abbey alone will be spared. But this last Benedictine house is mired in murder and intrigue. When Pacificus is implicated, more than his own dark past comes to light, while the body count keeps rising. Pacificus' fate becomes entwined with that of three local children after their parents are arrested for treason and heresy. Protected only by this errant monk, a mysterious leper and a Dutch eel-catcher, the children must quickly adjust; seeking their own identity, they soon find that neither parents nor protectors are quite what they seem.
'Quite magnificent... moments of astonishing power... a work of importance... the capacity to become a cult book'
Publication date: 22/08/2013
Publisher: Lion Fiction an imprint of Lion Hudson Plc
|Publication date:||22nd August 2013|
|Publisher:||Lion Fiction an imprint of Lion Hudson Plc|
|Genres:||Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction,|
A landscape architect by training, Henry Vyner-Brooks lives in the Lake District, with his wife Ruth and five children. Below is a Q&A with this author. 1. What first inspired you to write The Heretic? It was in 2010 that I first became aware of the mystery of St Benet's Abbey; the only monastery never dissolved by Henry VIII – think of it, the only one! It is situated on what sometimes becomes an island, linked to the mainland only by a causeway; all alone on the marshes. If a writer wanted possibilities for a location, here it ...More About Henry Vyner-Brooks