✸ Incendium Books ⚦ Author A.D. Swanston – Uroturk.info

Incendium Incendium fire and death in the name of piety I love historical mystery fiction especially when featuring some ell known players such as Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester and favourite of Queen Elizabeth I of England.As in reality, there is a plot against the Queen following what was known as the Ridolfi Plot 1571 There were plots on both sides of the English Channel as Paris prepares for the wedding of Henry of Navarre and Marguerite de Valois which in itself is just a prelude to the St Bartholomew Day s massacre.Dr Christopher Radcliffe, lawyer and spy for Leicester, is given the task to investigate and root out treason and its culprits wherever they may be But the word incendium whispers of a new plot against the Queen Swanston gives us a real feel for Elizabeth London, the viper s nest , where there are real life treasonable plots than you could poke a stick at And just when you think all is resolved, you find yourself only halfway through Very clever writing. Such a fantastic start to A.D Swanston s new series Incendium focuses on the very real danger Elizabeth I faced personally in the wake of France s St Bartholomew s Eve massacre A brilliant historical thriller. The guards came that night Christopher was roused and told to dress Where am I to be taken he asked, rubbing the sleep from his eyes The tower, replied one of the guards The Earl of Leicester has commanded it Christopher swore Had the earl changed his mind again They travelled by barge to the Tower stairs Christopher huddled into his cloak against the night cold To their left, glimmers of light from watchmen s lanterns flickered in the blackness to their right the marshes and meadows were black as pitch At night, the river was a strange ghostly place and, especially under London Bridge where the currents sucked and swirled, a place of dangerGreat historical mystery crime book Makes me think of C.J Sansom Matthew Shardlake and S.J Parris Giordano Bruno Here s another historical hero to add to the list academic, lawyer and intelligencer Dr Christopher Radcliff Recommended for those who like a good, entertaining history book, atmospheric, entertaining interesting It is the first in a new series set during the reign Elizabeth I Enjoyed it This is the story The England of Elizabeth I is a country on the brink Fear of plague and invasion is ever present, the threat of insurrection constant Heresy and religious unrest simmer beneath the surface And the execution that summer of the queen s own cousin, Duke of Norfolk, for treason, suggests that the discord and divisions run deep For lawyer Christopher Radcliff and his patron, Earl of Leicester, the prospects of peace seem at best poor Radcliff s role is to investigate both treachery at home and the ever present papist threat from abroad And then a whisper reaches him of a new plot against the queen Great book I have said it before, but historical mysteries really fit me They have to work so hard to find anything, in a good way.In this one Radcliffe, a lawyer works for the Earl of Leicester And there is a plot afoot Does someone want to kill the queen Who can be trusted Tensions between Catholics and the rest are rising France is making moves, Spain is making moves And Radcliffe is meant to try to figure out what is going on, and then there is the word, Incendium Who was behind it Oh I could not guess hidden players But I enjoyed reading about it and him finding out His hidden agents, the help he got from the woman he loved It does take than just one man looking through London.The book felt light too and I read it fast, I also wanted to know what would happen Well obviously I knew what would happen, but you know, to all who I had started to like too.A good mystery, a nice little thriller. This is an excellent story of intrigue and espionage in Elizabethan England The characters are well drawn and the background, London in the late sixteenth century, is both plausible and interesting The historical context, the enmity between Catholic France and Spain, on the one hand, and Protestant England, on the other, is recounted almost effortlessly without recourse to long, boring passages I d recommended to anyone with an interest in historical fiction. In London 1572, lawyer Dr Christopher Radcliff is given the task by the Earl of Leicester to find out about a plot to kill Queen Elizabeth and restore the Catholic Queen Mary.We follow Christopher from London to Paris and back again as he chases down fragments of a plot the only thing of which he is sure of is that it is named Incendium The Queen and the Earl are unforgiving and so Christopher knows he must succeed, not just to save the Queen, but to also save himself and those close to him from the Tower.During Elizabethan England, violence was commonplace and this book has a few squirmish scenes, but nothing too graphic We do get a great sense of the time period though and what we can imagine were the sights and smells of 16th Century life in a big city The plot was well paced and the characters developed well I would recommend this to fans of Historical Fiction who also like a bit of mystery suspense.Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review. Terrible I was so looking forward to reading it, and it disappointed me to no end The historical background is sound, but nothing is happening I m 10%, and they re still at the office the main character entered on the first page There is telling, and telling and telling, no kind of action to help us understand who these people are, and what their personalities are like I hoped for than this some emotion, some suspense, maybe some less known historical details, but none of those were there Quitting out of deep boredom. Murder, mystery and spies in Elizabethan England, the main players of the time such as the Earl of Leicester and Sir Francis Walsingham all have major parts in this book The protagonist of the book is a lawyer Christopher Radcliff, who has his own group of intelligences all ready to spy for him for money and England A well wrote and thought out book on the lines of C J Sandom and a really easy, interesting read. AD Swanson knows his Elizabethan history as he illustrates in this piece of historical fiction of 1572, the first in the Dr Christopher Radcliff series, set in stinking, poverty ridden, London, although there is a harrowing picture of Paris, with its out of control terror, butchery and massacre of Huguenots Radcliff is a Law Professor, no longer able to work in Cambridge and now is Robert Dudley s Earl of Leicester chief spy and intelligence gatherer of plots and conspiracies aimed at removing Elizabeth, replacing her with Mary, Queen of Scots and restoring Catholicism as the faith of England We see how close to Elizabeth the conspirators are, as the book opens with the execution of her cousin, the Duke of Norfolk There is a febrile atmosphere as paranoia reigns supreme, with the threat of a Spanish invasion on the horizon and England is ill equipped to defend itself Radcliff has agents in the city, who can go where he cannot, in his efforts to keep one step ahead of the plotters Two of his friends and agents, Nicholas and Sarah Houseman are murdered because of their awareness of the mysterious term, Incendium Their bodies are removed from their home and all their valuables taken.Radcliff is disturbed by the disappearance of the Housemans, refusing to accept that they have left London However, it is difficult to get to the bottom of the mystery, and his patron, Leicester is not minded to view this as important, he has far important matters to deal with, as he talks of a nest of vipers, the wild rumours that abound and a Queen that is struggling to come to terms with the treachery she has faced from her close family circles Leicester, at the instigation of the Queen, has acquired a young, new and ambition man, John Berwick, who makes Radcliff uncomfortable and ill at ease as he surmises that Berwick means to usurp his strong position with Leicester Against his better judgement, Radcliff goes to Paris, only to witness the city tip over into a nightmare as thousands of Protestants are slain after the killing of the Huguenot leader, Admiral Coligny Radcliff understands that behind these events are powerful forces whose ultimate aim is to destabilise London and assassinate Elizabeth Radcliff faces setback after setback as his judgement is questioned and he is confined to his house However, he is not a man to give up as he finds himself in danger and caught up in a desperate fight to ensure that Elizabeth is safe Swanston has written a historical thriller that captures the atmosphere of a London reeling under the threats that threaten the rule of Queen Elizabeth 1, with real figures from the period such as Sir Francis Walsingham, the Earl of Leicester, and the Duke of Norfolk prominent in the narrative The author depicts a insightful picture of the state of affairs at Whitehall Palace, with all its intrigue and deception, and Leicester is not immune to feelings of fear and insecurity which he takes out on Radcliff Executions are viewed as must see forms of public entertainment and there is the horrifyingly popular practice of bear baiting This is an entertaining and suspenseful read, although I felt the character of Radcliff needs development to make him feel like a authentic character Nevertheless, this a compelling novel that I particularly recommend to those interested in Elizabethan history Many thanks to Random House Transworld for an ARC. Summer, And England Is Vulnerable Fear Of Plague And Insurrection Taint The Air, And Heresy, Fanaticism And Religious Unrest Seethe Beneath The Surface Of Society Rumour And Mistrust Lead To Imprisonment, Torture And Sometimes Murder To The Young Lawyer Christopher Radcliff And His Patron And Employer, Robert Dudley, Earl Of Leicester, The Prospects For Peace Are Grave And As Leicester S Chief Intelligencer, He Is Charged With Investigating Both The Rumours Of Rebellion At Home And Invasion From Abroad But Radcliff S Own Life Is Far From Orderly His Relationship With The Widow Katherine Allingham Is Somewhat Turbulent And The Cut Throat World Of Court Politics Leaves No Room For Indiscretions That The Queen S Own Cousin, The Duke Of Norfolk, Is Found Guilty Of Treason, It Is A Sign Of Just How Deep The Dissent Goes Jesuit Priests Have Been Sent To England In Order To Foment Revolt But The Threat Of A Catholic Uprising Comes Not Just From Within Across The Channel, France Is Caught Up In A Frenzy Of Brutal Religious Persecution And England S Other Enemy Of Old, Spain, Is Making Preparations To Invade England Is A Powder Keg, Just Waiting For A Spark To Ignite It And Then Christopher Radcliff Hears Word Of A Plot That Could Provide That Spark The Word Is Incendium But What Does It Mean And Who Lies Behind It Suddenly Christopher Radcliff Is Caught Up In A Race Against Time


About the Author: A.D. Swanston

Andrew Swanston.Andrew Swanston read Law at Cambridge University, and held various positions in the book trade, including being a director of Waterstone Co, and chairman of Methven s plc, before turning to writing Inspired by a lifelong interest in seventeenth century history, his Thomas Hill novels are set during the English Civil Wars, and the early period of the Restoration He lives with his wife in Surrey, near to their three children and two grandchildren His interests include golf, gardening, and drawing.


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