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Rory Clements
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12 May 2011 John Shakespeare 3

From Rory Clements, winner of the Ellis Peters Historical Fiction Award, comes PRINCE, the third in his acclaimed bestselling John Shakespeare Elizabethan mystery series. 'Does for Elizabeth's reign what CJ Sansom does for Henry VIII's' Sunday Times

Spring 1593. England is a powder keg of rumour and fear. Plague rages, famine is rife, the ageing Queen's couriers scheme: Elizabeth's Golden Age is truly tarnished. Meanwhile Spain watches and waits - and plots.

Into this turmoil a small cart clatters through the streets of London, carrying a deadly load. It is the first in a wave of horrific bombing attacks on the Dutch immigrant community that will change John Shakespeare's life for ever.

Driven on by cold rage, Shakespeare's investigations will take him from magnificent royal horseraces to the opulent chambers of Black Luce's brothel, from the theatrical underworld of Marlowe and Kyd to the pain-wracked torture cells of priest-hunter Richard Topcliffe, and from the elegant offices of master tactician Robert Cecil to the splintering timbers of an explosive encounter at sea.

As Shakespeare delves ever deeper, he uncovers intricate layers of mystery and deception that threaten the heart not only of the realm, but of all that he holds dear.



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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: John Murray; First Edition, First Impression edition (12 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848544251
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848544253
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 24.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 254,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I live quietly in a peaceful corner of Norfolk. My house is backed by fields of poppies and is close to a slow-moving river. Most days the most exciting thing that happens is seeing a swan or duck or muntjac deer. That's just how I like it. I get quite enough excitement in the other world I inhabit, the underworld of late 16th century conspiracy and murder.
It's all very different from the life I used to lead as a journalist on various national newspapers, but writing is what I have always wanted to do, so I'm happy. If you want to know more about me or my series of Elizabethan thrillers, have a look at my website:
www.roryclements.co.uk

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Amazon Review

The field of the historical crime thriller was once an under-visited one, with only the occasional unusual entry making a mark. But how times have changed! Barely a week passes without an intriguing new entry appearing, featuring anachronistic sleuths from right across the spread of history. From ancient Rome (as in the novels of Lindsey Davis and Stephen Saylor) to the First World War (as in the railway detective sequence of Andrew Martin), there is an avalanche of new historical crime. Accordingly, it has become harder and harder for writers to produce something new. But that is precisely what Rory Clements has done, and Prince is proof that he is one of the most able practitioners in the genre. A year before this novel, Clements created something of a stir when he won the Ellis Peters Historical Crime Fiction Prize (named after one of the great talents in the genre) in the teeth of some serious opposition. This new entry is likely to enjoy a similar level of favourable attention, featuring (once again) his doughty protagonist John Shakespeare (no prizes for guessing who Clements' sleuth is related to).

In Prince, John Shakespeare has his most challenging investigation. It’s the spring of 1595, and plague stalks the land, along with massive political unrest. Bomb attacks on the Dutch immigrant community will have a seismic effect on John’s turbulent life.

There is a veritable cornucopia of elements to praise here, not least the vivid and idiomatic historical detail which is always integrated into the narrative, and never allowed to draw attention to itself in any conspicuous fashion. The plotting is as adroit as we have come to expect from Clements, and continues to surprise the reader at every turn. But perhaps the real pleasure of the book is the central character. John Shakespeare is one of the great historical sleuths, a multifaceted creation who is the perfect conduit to lead the reader through this baffling and dangerous period. --Barry Forshaw

Review

'A cracking plot full of twists right up to the last minute. I look forweard to the next' (Sunday Express)

'Beautifully done . . . alive and tremendously engrossing' (Daily Telegraph)

'A colourful history lesson . . . exciting narrative twists' (Sunday Telegraph)

'Enjoyable, bloody and brutish' (Guardian)

'An engrossing thriller' (Washington Post)

'An excellent debut' (Publishers Weekly)

'This is a historical thriller to send a shiver down your spine . . . atmospheric - the evocation of the filth and debauchery of London is quite exceptional. Clements demonstrates the compelling eye for detail and character that Bernard Cornwell so memorably brought to Rifleman Sharpe . . . I could not tear myself away, it is that good' (Daily Mail)

'A genuine page turner, and cleverly weaves in real historical events and personalities. Fans will not be disappointed' (Eastern Daily Press)

'Intriguing . . . wonderfully graphic and descriptive. Clements richly deserves the accolade: "faster moving than C J Sansom" ' (Bookbag)

'Clements' thrilling murder mysteries are a real cut above . . . steeped in authentic 16th-century politics, the plots are complex and clever, and the characters believable and engrossing. But his greatest gift is the ability to bring to life the squalor, intrigue and perils of Tudor London and amidst it all create a superbly tense and entertaining mystery. Roll on Mr Shakespeare's Act IV' (Lancashire Evening Post)

'This very well-plotted, erudite, historical mystery has many twists and turns which make for a very vivid and fast story line. A very absorbing read with a real quality, similar in style but perhaps faster moving, than books by James Forrester or C J Sansom . . . I was completely transfixed whilst reading it and did not want it to end. I consider it one of the best books I've read this year. I will certainly look out for more stories by this very talented writer' (Eurocrime)

'Blending fact with fiction Clements tells a rip-roaring yarn with vigour and energy and a huge enthusiasm for the period . . . Prince is a novel lacking neither action nor spice. An undeniably enjoyable and lively plot that gathers pace and excitement throughout . . . A devilishly good read' (Crime Time)

'There is a veritable cornucopia of elements to praise here . . . John Shakespeare is one of the great historical sleuths' (Barry Forshaw)

'Prince is action packed, and its pages are filled with intricate layers of deception. The late Elizabethan world is brilliantly portrayed with exciting narrative twists. . . . Historical detail is expertly integrated into sophisticated plot strands to create a seamless whole . . . This novel is extremely intelligent and exceptionally well written. I could not put it down until I reached its final startling denouements' (Historical Novels Review)

'What most impressed me about this story was Clements' ability to set a fast-paced crime thriller in the London of 1593 and to make it entirely convincing. Clements gives life to this world, not just through years of painstaking research into all things Elizabethan . . . but through his use of real figures from history and the manipulation of actual events. What we end up with is a scenario that is believable, and perhaps this is what makes it such an enjoyable read. Whether intentionally or no, many of the topics dealt with in this book also still resonate today and it gives acts of terrorism, for example, a longer historical context' (Edinburgh Book Review)

'A good read, well researched and believable' (Eurocrime)

'Clements can be seen as doing for Elizabeth's reign what CJ Sansom does for Henry VIII's . . . What's impressive in the latest is how much of Tudor society it crams in, from the court and Derby's estate to outlaws and the soldiers in its concluding scene' (Sunday Times)

'There's plenty of thrills . . . the multiple plot elements are well-handled . . . there's much that's enjoyable and Clements' orchestration of the narrative is skillful' (www.displacementactivity.co.uk)

'The best yet in Rory Clements' magnificent series about John Shakespeare . . . As always, the historical detail is fascinating and sometimes delightfully obscure . . . another sumptuous feast that will leave you sated - but craving for the next helping! (Crimesquad)

'I found this the best book in the series' (Historical Novels Review)

Praise for Prince:

'A genuine page turner, and cleverly weaves in real historical events and personalities. Fans will not be disappointed'

(Eastern Daily Press)

'Intriguing . . . wonderfully graphic and descriptive. Clements richly deserves the accolade: "faster moving than C.J. Sansom' (Bookbag)

'Blending fact with fiction Clements tells a rip-roaring yarn with vigour and energy and a huge enthusiasm for the period . . . a novel lacking neither action nor spice. An undeniably enjoyable and lively plot that gathers pace and excitement throughout. A devilishly good read' (Crime Time)

'This very well-plotted, erudite, historical mystery has many twists and turns which make for a very vivid story line. A very absorbing read with a real quality, similar in style but perhaps faster moving, than books by James Forrester or C.J. Sansom. I consider it one of the best books I've read this year. I will certainly look out for more stories by this very talented writer' (Eurocrime)

'What most impressed me was Clements' ability to set a fast-paced crime thriller in the London of 1593 and to make it entirely convincing. Clements gives life to this world, not just through years of painstaking research into all things Elizabethan - from cuisine to clothing, politics to borstals, autopsies to witchcraft - but through his use of real figures from history and the manipulation of actual events. What we end up with is a scenario that is believable, and perhaps this is what makes it such an enjoyable read. Whether intentionally or no, many of the topics dealt with in this book also still resonate today and it gives acts of terrorism, for example, a longer historical context'

(Edinburgh Book Review)

Praise for Martyr and Revenger:

'A cracking plot full of twists right up to the last minute. I look forward to the next'

(Sunday Express)

'A colourful history lesson . . . exciting narrative twists' (Sunday Telegraph)

This is a historical thriller to send a shiver down your spine . . . atmospheric - the evocation of the filth and debauchery of London is quite exceptional - it demonstrates the compelling eye for detail and character that Bernard Cornwall so memorably brought to Rifleman Sharpe. I could not tear myself away, it is that good (Daily Mail)

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rory Clements does it again 25 May 2011
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I received my pre ordered copy of Prince two weekends ago, when I had a friend staying with me and felt it would be very rude if I started reading it while she was here, as I would become very antisocial. So I started - and finished the book last weekend. I could have spent all day Saturday reading it, but decided to ration myself.
I am a Tudor enthusiast and can be a bit critical. However Clements knows what he is writing about as much as any Tudor scholar. Even down to accurately describing the charcoal burning industry (that's how pathetically nitpicky I am). And I learned several things about Elizabethan militeria that I never thought I would be interested in. As one reviewer implied, if more history books could be written like this, then many many more people would engage with history.
I see reviews above have already hinted at themes in the book, but trust me, they have given nothing of the plot away. This is such a detailed interweaved story full of twists and turns. I thought I had reached the denouement, but then realised I had over 100 pages more to read, so that gives you an idea of the complexity of the plot. I think John Shakespeare has much more mileage, and as one reviewer has commented, he is quite different from Sansom's Matthew Shardlake, and although I like both the characters, I think John Shakespeare has more potential for development. I can't wait for the next volume.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Roasting for Boltfoot Cooper 14 May 2011
Format:Hardcover
Once again Rory Clements has produced a cracking adventure , that is full of intrigue and double dealing set in the England of 1593.England is a powder keg of rumour and fear and once again John Shakespear investigations take him from the Royal horse races to the opulent chambers of Black Luce`s brothel.The in-depth research and passion for the period takes the reader from the theatrical underworld of Marlowe and Kyd to the pain-wracked torture cells of priest-hunter Richard Topcliffe and into a explosive encounter at sea.This is the third outing of John Shakespear and for me he is now right up there with C.J.Samson Matthew Shardlake with this engrossing thriller that had me page turning into the early hour`s of the morning,more please as soon as possible.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Explosive Keg! 13 Mar 2012
By Gella
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This is the third outing for John Shakespeare working as an Intelligencer for Robert Cecil and Rory Clements has once again delivered an explosive keg of a novel! It is a fast paced Elizabethan mystery with well thought out plots and twists and turns evoking the skulduggery and debauchery as well as the prison cells and torture chambers of this period. Not only does the author give us well thought out plots and exceptional historical detail but he has an amazing ability to bring alive the atmosphere of the streets and squalor of Elizabethan London. There are several plots that interweave brilliantly in this novel and we are transported through the dark and murky streets of London as well as London's dark and dismal underworld exposing the gunpowder mills and criminals with their ill gotten gains setting explosives in the Dutch quarter which leads to John Shakespeare's right hand man Boltfoot Cooper receiving the roasting of his life and being buried alive! We are also transported into the theatrical world of Marlowe and Kydd as well as seeing a very different clever and cunning William Shakespeare and to top it all we have an 'unknown' and mysterious upsurper to the throne which could rock the English Succession to it's core!

A truly 'explosive'novel that leaves you wanting to read more of John Shakespeare's adventures!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Shakespeare's brother does it again! 12 Nov 2011
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I'm quite a fan of Rory Clements, so the long awaited 'Prince' has fulfilled its promise as an engaging tale of a corrupt England in the Elizabethan age. For me, it took a while to get going and I guess I felt John Shakespeare's wife was not going to be around in the text to engage us for long, or give John a little more licence as our hero, so won't, to quote Kenny Everett, give away any more of the plot! This said, it's gathered speed and intrigue and it doesn't disappoint, so come on Rory, please get writing some more since I can't wait to see where John Shakespeare's journey goes next! I'm hooked!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Prince 9 Jun 2011
By Mr C
Format:Hardcover
Yet again Rory Clements has excelled, a thoroughly absorbing tale written in such a manner it was dificult to put down.
I found this volume to be equally as good as his previous novels, this is not always the case with some other authors.
My problem is that Rory Clements cannot write as quickly as I can read.
I look forward to the next
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gets better and better 24 May 2011
By Jeff VINE VOICE
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Rory Clements' books keep improving. The first two were good but this is the best so far. As good as CJ Sansom? Make that 'better than'! Clements' plots have far more about them, have more action and pace. His style is excellent, making his books easy to read as well as enjoyable. I was very dubious in the first novel about bringing in the real Shakespeare [Will] into a novel with his fictitious brother but in the second novel this worked well and here also where Will is in potentially big trouble as his fellow playwrights Marlowe and Kydd have been murdered and tortured. Clements' research on these and other topics is, as you might expect, spot on and there is great period atmosphere. Salutary also that one of the main themes of this novel is a problem still with us today. To go back to Sansom for a moment - in his latest book 'Heartstone' I came to dislike Shardlake quite a bit, seeing him as a nosy busybody. John Shakespeare isn't like that at all but there were times when I felt him to be something of a stuck-up prig, a bit too full of his own importance. I hope he isn't allowed to go too far down that road. Overall, an excellent read and highly recommended [but read the others first].
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Priceless
Another brilliant novel by Rory Clements with John Shakespear. Transports you back to the Tudor times. Couldn't put it down
Published 4 days ago by 3fluidonses
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable need but not as good as the first 2 books
It is 1539 and London is the midst of a plague outbreak. However, it is not only the plague that London citizens have to worry about. Read more
Published 6 days ago by E Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars A page turning novel
Although at times, initially, the long list of characters was confusing until further reading identified them clearly. Then it became a real roller-coaster of a read. I loved it
Published 16 days ago by Fraser
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read
Yet again Clements takes us through a fascinating story intrigue with twists and turns at every juncture. Every bit as good as his previous Shakespeare novels.
Published 19 days ago by Paul
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story but a bit far fetched in places
Good take on a very modern problem. Some good twists in the storyline kept my interest to the very end. How Boltfoot Cooper
survived his ordeal I don't know.
Published 29 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent story
Twists and turns keep you gripped. Along with a vivid description of Tudor England. Nothing is black and white - only varied shades of grey. This is a superior Tudor thriller.
Published 1 month ago by julia
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
these books are best read in order, but combine a good mystery while also letting us experience Elizabeathan life too.. Was there another claiment to the throne?
Published 1 month ago by jude
4.0 out of 5 stars intriguing and smart
This series goes from strength to strength. There's a real element of " what if..." with this one that is truly thought provoking.
Published 2 months ago by LizH5
5.0 out of 5 stars Great historical read
I enjoy reading books on Tudor History. These books come a close second to the Matthew Shardlake series. Cannot wait for the next book
Published 3 months ago by Tony's Girl
4.0 out of 5 stars Getting better
as a Sansom fan I thought the Rory Clements books inferior. I have to say that the character of John Shakespeare is becoming more interesting although not yet to Shardlake levels. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kim-Marie Stephenson
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