The Firemaster's Mistress

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The Firemaster's Mistress

If you are interested in gaining a behind-the-scenes look at a pivotal moment in English history, The Firemaster’s Mistress is one book you shouldn’t miss. Christie Dickason has weaved an intriguing story of treason, gunpowder, and suspense in James I’s England.
Kate Peach has started to rebuild her life after plague took her family. She must hide her Catholic faith while saving her pennies making gloves and surviving by being the mistress of a cruel man. Francis Quoynt is a firemaster who has come out of war with the desire to do nothing more deadly than making fireworks. These former lovers have no taste for power, ambition and intrigue but both are caught up in the whirling maelstrom of the plot to bring down James I and Parliament and bring back a Catholic king. This is a well-researched look at the science behind gunpowder, the tensions between Catholics and Protestants in England, and the men behind the government at this point in history. The historical characters of Guy Fawkes, Robert Cecil, Sir Francis Bacon, and James the First are brought to life in this outstanding book.

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The Firemaster's Mistress may tell the real truth behind the mysterious gunpowder Plot of 1605, although it set out only to slip imaginative speculation into the cracks in historical fact.

Francis Quoynt, fire master and explosives expert
is recently back from Flanders and dreaming of making fireworks, not war. Instead, he is blackmailed by the English Secretary of State, Robert Cecil, into spying for the government on the Gunpowder Plotters. The trouble is that Francis likes Robert Catesby and his co-plotters far more than he likes his employer. This work also makes him the enemy of the woman he loves, the Catholic glove-maker, Kate Peach. It also leads him inexorably into the heart of a plot far larger than anyone imagined, international in scale and threatening the survival of England itself.

Though The Firemaster's Mistress is an historical novel, modern readers will find the politics, threat of terrorism, and information spinning frighteningly familiar.

Night Owl Reviews Nov, 2008 4.25