In the hands of a master thriller writer, the dark, dangerous days of Tudor England come alive as never before. An anonymous young man's life is about to be changed, as could the course of history. It's 1536 and powerful men reveal to this young man that it is he, and not the tyrannical Henry VIII, who should be in the throne of England. Can these powerful men persuade him to think that treason, rebellion and murder are reasonable risks to achieve their goal in this vivid evocation of the dark days of Tudor England?
From the Introduction by Robert Hutchinson in The Blanket of the Dark:
'His historical novels may have been eclipsed in popularity by the timeless derring-do appeal of his adventure stories, but this is wholly wrong in my view. Their dialogue might sometimes seem a little contrived, or a little pedestrian, but they form a corpus of powerful narratives which remain page-turners even to our jaded modern tastes. The Blanket of the Dark is one of the most compelling and, what is more, evokes the real, naked fear in Tudor England.'
Buchan skilfully weaves the story of young clerk Peter Pentecost, who has a claim to the throne, and a tale of intrigue against King Henry VIII, where 'under the blanket of the dark all men are alike and all are nameless'. Buchan's description of the ruthless king is compelling. His knowledge of the time of Henry's reign and his love of the Oxfordshire countryside are apparent.
Closing date: 06/09/2018
'Buchan knew that you can't buck the consequences of your actions, and that your life is what you make of it. Perhaps his peculiarly Scottish combination of Romanticism and Calvinism - daring living and high thinking - is due to return to fashion.' - The Independent Magazine
Publication date: 15/08/2008
Publisher: Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited an imprint of Birlinn General
|Publication date:||15th August 2008|
|Publisher:||Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited an imprint of Birlinn General|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction, Thriller / Suspense,|
|Categories:||Classic fiction (pre c 1945),|
John Buchan led a truly extraordinary life: he was a diplomat, soldier, barrister, journalist, historian, politician, publisher, poet and novelist. He was born in Perth in 1875, the eldest son of a Free Church of Scotland minister, and educated at Hutcheson’s Grammar School in Glasgow. He graduated from Glasgow University then took a scholarship to Brasenose College, Oxford. During his time there – ‘spent peacefully in an enclave like a monastery’ – he wrote two historical novels. In 1901 he became a barrister of the Middle Temple and a private secretary to the High Commissioner for South Africa. ...More About John Buchan