The court of King Edward VI abounds with conspiracies, secrets and danger in the summer of 1553 when Brendan Prescott, a foundling raised by the noble Dudley family is set to London to serve Robert Dudley. Before he has even spent a day at court, Brendan is drafted by William Cecil, to help Princess Elizabeth as a spy. The princess has come to London to visit her brother who has not been seen publicly for a while. While royal secrets and intrigue swirl around, Brendan also finds himself in the middle of secrets surrounding his own birth. Brendan must walk a fine line between intrigue and treason if he hopes to survive this tumultous time with his life intact.
C. W. Gortner always does a wonderful job bringing historical characters to life, and "The Tufor Secret" is no less entertaining than his other books. With a segment of history that is filled with real-life spies, intrigue, danger and royal secrets, Gortner has created a book that will delight fans of history for years to come. A new Gortner book is always something I look forward too and "The Tudor Secret" covers one of my favorite times, Elizabeth's life. I can't wait to see who he writes about next.
The era of the Tudors was one of danger, intrigue, conspiracy, and, above all, spies.
Summer 1553: A time of danger and deceit. Brendan Prescott, an orphan, is reared in the household of the powerful Dudley family. Brought to court, Prescott finds himself sent on an illicit mission to the king’s brilliant but enigmatic sister, Princess Elizabeth. But Brendan is soon compelled to work as a double agent by Elizabeth’s protector, William Cecil, who promises in exchange to help him unravel the secret of his own mysterious past.
A dark plot swirls around Elizabeth’s quest to unravel the truth about the ominous disappearance of her seriously ill brother, King Edward VI. With only a bold stable boy and an audacious lady-in-waiting at his side, Brendan plunges into a ruthless gambit of half-truths, lies, and murder. Filled with the intrigue and pageantry of Tudor England, The Tudor Secret is the first book in The Elizabeth I Spymaster Chronicles.