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It is 1612. Robert Cecil, Chief Secretary to King James I, is dying. Now the threat from the Catholics has decayed, the Puritan majority are gaining an increasing stranglehold over English society. Parliament is starting to flex its muscles against the King whose court drifts shamelessly towards decadence and corruption. And the great period of Elizabethan and Jacobean drama has ended with the abrupt retreat from public life of William Shakespeare.
Then Henry Gresham is asked by Cecil's protege, Chief Justice Sir Edward Coke, to trace a precious hand-written play manuscript that has gone missing, presumed stolen by a Cambridge bookseller. Gresham has no cause to realise that he is being used as live bait to draw out a murderous madman who is determined to destroy James I, a madman who was supposed to have died twenty years before, or that he is set to unravel the truth behind the authorship of the greatest plays the world would ever see...
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Rollicking good fun, a moving romance and satisfying, well-rounded account ... characters to savour....Stephen knows his milieu intimately. (MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS)
Standing history on its head, this is a real treat, both ingenious and supremely satisfying. (GOOD BOOK GUIDE)
From the acclaimed author of THE DESPERATE REMEDY ('a terrific book' THE SPECTATOR) comes the second book in the series featuring courtier and spy Henry Gresham, this time set in the wild and deadly world of Jacobean theatre.
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Book Description Hardback. Condition: Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Seller Inventory # GOR009429097
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Book Description Magna Large Print Books, 2007. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Ex Library Book with usual stamps and stickers. Minor Shelfwear. Slight tan to the page edges. Good condition is defined as: a copy that has been read but remains in clean condition. All of the pages are intact and the cover is intact and the spine may show signs of wear. The book may have minor markings which are not specifically mentioned. Most items will be dispatched the same or the next working day. Seller Inventory # mon0012249438