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Sacred Treason by James Forrester

Sacred Treason

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One of our Debuts of the Year 2011.

April 2011 Debut of the Month.

A gripping historical thriller full of compelling detail and narrative twists in the vein of C. J. Sansom that received blanket rave reviews in hardcover. Definitely one not to miss now that it's available in paperback and ebook.

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Sacred Treason by James Forrester

London, 1563. England is a troubled nation. Catholic plots against the young Queen Elizabeth spring up all over the country. The herald William Harley - known to everyone as Clarenceux - receives a book from his friend and fellow Catholic, Henry Machyn. But Machyn is in fear of his life...What secret can the book hold? And then Clarenceux is visited by the State in the form of Francis Walsingham and his ruthless enforcers, who will stop at nothing to gain possession of it. If Clarenceux and his family are to survive the terror of the state, he must solve the clues contained in the book to unlock its dangerous secrets before it's too late. And when he does, he realises that it's not only his life and the lives of those most dear to him that are at stake...

About the Author

James Forrester

James Forrester is a pen name for historian Dr Ian Mortimer. Dr Mortimer is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the author of four highly acclaimed medieval biographies

Since his first book was published seven years ago, Dr Ian Mortimer has challenged conventional understandings of the past. This includes correcting dubious facts as well as reconsidering the ways we 'do' history – from studying a man over the course of a single year to writing history as a guidebook, in the present tense.

As James Forrester, his first novel Sacred Treason combines the impeccable research of his non-fiction with the power and pace of the best thriller writing.

Dr Ian Mortimer has BA, MA and PhD degrees in history, and is both a qualified archivist and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He was awarded the Alexander Prize by the Royal Historical Society in 2004, and was made an Honorary Research Fellow at Exeter shortly afterwards.

Since 2001 he has been a self-employed writer. His main output to date is a sequence of biographies, one per generation, collectively telling the story of political power in England from 1300-1415. Four volumes have been published, namely The Greatest Traitor: the life of Sir Roger Mortimer, The Perfect King: the life of Edward III, The Fears of Henry IV, and 1415: Henry V's Year of Glory. His new non fiction book, 1415, examines Henry V on a day-by-day basis, juxtaposing simultaneous developments around Europe to create a fully integrated narrative.

Ian lives on the north-eastern edge of Dartmoor (Devon) with his wife Sophie and their three children. His hobbies include visiting historical sites, playing music (guitars and singing), drinking with friends, playing tennis, writing poetry, and walking in and around Dartmoor. He is a confident broadcaster and has appeared on national radio and television, most recently on Radio 4’s The Today Programme, Channel 4’s Time Team and Radio 4’s Front Row.

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14th April 2011


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480 pages


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