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July 2011 eBook of the Month.

The reign of Elizabeth, the last of the Tudor dynasty, is a fascinating period of history, full of religious conflict, intrigue and murder and this latest offering from James Forrester will be, like his previous novel SACRED TREASON highly sought after and critically acclaimed. His terrific sense of time and place captures the very heart of this period in history and he punctuates it with great storytelling, which vividly brings to life the characters within.

If you like James Forrester you might also like to read books by S. J. Parris, C. J. Sansom and Conn Iggulden.

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The Roots of Betrayal by James Forrester

1564: Catholic herald William Harley, Clarenceux King of Arms, is the custodian of a highly dangerous document. When it is stolen, Clarenceux immediately suspects a group of Catholic sympathisers, the self-styled Knights of the Round Table. Francis Walsingham, the ruthless protege of the queen's Principal Secretary, Sir William Cecil, intercepts a coded message from the Knights to a Countess known to have Catholic leanings. He is convinced that Clarenceux is trying to use the document to advance the cause of the Catholic Queen. And soon Clarenceux enters a nightmare of suspicion, deception and conspiracy. Conflict and fear, compounded by the religious doubts of the time, conceal a persistent mystery. Where has the document gone? Who has it and who really took it? And why? The roots of betrayal are deep and shocking: and Clarenceux's journey towards the truth entails not just the discovery of clues and signs, but also the discovery of himself.

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.

For more information, visit www.jamesforrester.co.uk.

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Publication date

7th July 2011

Author

James Forrester

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Author's Website

www.jamesforrester.co.uk/

Publisher

Headline Review an imprint of Headline Publishing Group

Format

Hardback

Categories

Historical Fiction
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ISBN

9780755356041

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