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Cromwell's Blessing by Peter Ransley
  

Cromwell's Blessing

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Peter Ransley is an award winning screenwriter who turned his hand to novels with Plague Child, the first in a trilogy of which Cromwell’s Blessing is the second. Tom Neave, our hero, was given up for dead as a child in the plague and raised by the plague cart driver who found him. But unbeknownst to him his grandfather is Lord Stonehouse, a noble man. Thirty years later, as Parliament and King lock themselves in battle and Tom is a young man with a family of his own, his aristocratic background but simple upbringing set him on a most tumultuous course.

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Cromwell's Blessing by Peter Ransley

The price for a country. The price for a King. The price for a marriage. The dramatic story of Tom Neave continues...The second book in the Tom Neave Trilogy, 'Cromwell's Blessing' sees Tom still determined to fight for his principles - democracy, freedom and honour - despite the growing threat to his young family, as England finds itself in the throes of bloody civil war. The year is now 1647. The King has surrendered to Parliament. Lord Stonehouse, to show his loyalty to Parliament, has named grandson Tom as his successor. But Lord Stonehouse's son, Richard, is also Tom's estranged father and a fervent Royalist. If the King reaches a settlement with Parliament Richard will inherit...Parliament itself is deeply divided with those demanding a strict Puritan regime pitted against more liberal Independents like Cromwell. King Charles, under house arrest, tries to exploit the divisions between them. When Richard arrives from France with a commission from the Queen to snatch the King from Parliamentary hands, he and Tom are set on a collision course. Caught between his love for his wife Anne and their young son, and his loyalty to the new regime, Tom must struggle to save both his family and the estate.

Reviews

Praise for Plague Child:

'Tom's search for his own identity is intimately connected with the seismic events tearing England apart in the 1640s. Ransley has a talent for melding dramatic historical detail with a strong story that could well give C. J. Sansom a run for his money.'
-Spectator

'A gripping coming-of-age story...an enthralling mystery adventure.'
-Radio Times

'There are some cracking [historical] writers out there. And Peter Ransley is certainly worthy of a place at the top...a great tale that would sit well on the screen... Ransley conveys not only the action, but also the self-doubt and blundering of a poorly-trained army daring to challenge its king... If [the] second book] is as good as this one, then we are in for a real treat.'
- Eastern Daily Press

Praise for Cromwell's Blessing:

'An intelligent and imaginative tale of a pivotal year in English history.'
Sunday Times

About the Author

Peter Ransley has written extensively for television. His BBC adaptation of Sarah Waters's 'Fingersmith' was nominated for a BAFTA for best series in 2006 and his ITV drama 'Falling Angel', starring Emilia Fox and Charles Dance, was screened in 2007. He is a winner of the Royal Television Society's Writer's Award. His first novel in the trilogy, PLAGUE CHILD, published in 2011.

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Publication date

1st February 2013

Author

Peter Ransley

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Author's Website

peterransley.co.uk/

Publisher

HarperPress an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Format

Paperback
384 pages

Categories

Historical Fiction
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ISBN

9780007312405

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