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The Queen's Man (John Shakespeare Elizabethan Mystery Series Book 6)
 
 

The Queen's Man (John Shakespeare Elizabethan Mystery Series Book 6) [Kindle Edition]

Rory Clements
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Rory Clements again brings to life the dark side of Elizabethan England. --Daily Mail

The sixth in Rory Clements' enjoyable series of Elizabethan thrillers featuring John Shakespeare . . . Clements has the edge when it comes to creating a lively, fast-moving plot. --Sunday Times

John Shakespeare] makes a plausible and likeable hero for tales of Elizabethan espionage. The Queen's Man is the sixth book to feature him and is set before the others, providing an engaging account of his introduction to the murky underworld of deceit and double-dealing over which Walsingham presides. It mixes a fast-moving plot and credible characterisation with a lively evocation of the dangerous times in which John must strive, in every sense, to keep his head. --BBC History Magazine

The sixth in Rory Clements' enjoyable series of Elizabethan thrillers featuring John Shakespeare . . . Clements has the edge when it comes to creating a lively, fast-moving plot. --Sunday Times

John Shakespeare] makes a plausible and likeable hero for tales of Elizabethan espionage. The Queen's Man is the sixth book to feature him and is set before the others, providing an engaging account of his introduction to the murky underworld of deceit and double-dealing over which Walsingham presides. It mixes a fast-moving plot and credible characterisation with a lively evocation of the dangerous times in which John must strive, in every sense, to keep his head. --BBC History Magazine

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The Queen's Man (John Shakespeare prequel)

For fans of CJ Sansom and SJ Parris, THE QUEEN'S MAN is the first in chronological order of Rory Clements' acclaimed and bestselling John Shakespeare series of Tudor spy thrillers. Clements, winner of the Ellis Peters Historical Fiction Award, 'does for Elizabeth's reign what CJ Sansom does for Henry VIII's' Sunday Times


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Rory Clements is the bestselling author of the John Shakespeare series of Tudor spy thrillers. His six acclaimed novels, Martyr, Revenger, Prince, Traitor, The Heretics and The Queen's Man, follow Elizabeth's Intelligencer, John Shakespeare, brother to the playwright William, through the dark underworld of Tudor England as he unmasks the traitors and conspirators who plot against the Queen. The seventh John Shakespeare novel, Holy Spy, is due to be published in February 2015.

Rory Clements won the Crime Writers' Association Ellis Peters Historical Fiction Award in 2010 for Revenger, and has been shortlisted for CWA Awards for Martyr, Prince and The Heretics. A TV series is currently in development. Find out more at www.roryclements.co.uk

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shakespeare ,simply the Best. 27 Feb 2014
Format:Hardcover
This is the 6th outing of Rory Clements intelligencer John Shakespeare and for me he is back to his sizzling best,after four cracking outings I found that Heretices was a little bit flat and lost it direction,so I was looking for a return to form with the Queen's Man and I am glad to report he is back on track with this cracking plot full of twists and turns right up to the last page.The Queen's Man takes us back and introduces us to John Shakespeare as a young intelligencer on his first major mission for Sir Francis Walsingham. It is 1582 and the conflict between Protestant and Catholic threatens to tear the country in two.While Queen Elizabeth 1 holds the reins of power,there are those whose loyalty lies with her imprisoned cousin Mary Queen of Scots. Order to discover a conspiracy to free the Stuart Queen from Sheffield Castle,all to soon Shakespeare realises that the tentacles of the plot reach deep into his native Warwickshire and threaten his own friends and family-above all his beloved younger brother,Will. Once again Rory Clements had me page turning into the early hours of the morning with this cracking tale of John Shakespeare intelligencer for Sir Francis Walsingham.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fifth in the series, but first in time 27 Feb 2014
By Jill Meyer TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
British author Rory Clements has returned with his fifth in his "John Shakespeare" series, "The Queen's Man". However, inexplicably, the novel is actually first in sense of time. For everyone who's read the adventures of John Shakespeare, the "intelligencer" to Francis Walsingham, here's the back story. It also includes more about brother Will than have any of the previous books.

Rory Clements has placed this Shakespeare novel in the early 1580's, when the queen, Elizabeth I, was trying to maneuver her country's way to worship the "new faith" - Protestantism, Church of England, Anglican - no matter what it was referred to, it was not the "old faith", that of the Roman Catholic Church. The Queen was beset by low-grade but constant problems both at home and abroad and she employed Sir Francis Walsingham as her "spymaster". He, in turn, employed "intelligencers" to do his bidding in trying to discern plots against the crown. One such man was "John Shakespeare", a character Rory Clements has made up, and has taken his readers on adventures in his previous book. (William Shakespeare did not have an older brother called "John", at least according to the bio on Wikipedia, but his father was "John Shakespeare".)

In "Queen's Man", Walsingham - who is always stingy with information his "intelligencer" SHOULD know before sending them on their way - is concerned with the presence of Mary, Queen of Scots, who is imprisoned in a castle in England. She is guarded - supposedly well - but there is a question of plots by the French and some home-grown Catholics, to free her and send her to France. Walsingham wants to ferret out the truth and the names of the conspirators.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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In this new book Mr Clements fills the gaps regarding the early years (1582-3) of John Shakespeare activities as a spy under Sir Francis Walsingham. The book has different interestingly twinned plots. The main one is the failed plan to free Mary, Queen of Scots from her captivity in Sheffield Castle under George Talbot, 6th Earl of Shrewsbury. Other plots go in parallel and make the book reading more and more thrilling through the pages. Mr Clements gives us a very good glimpse of the Shakespeare family activities and its connections with other Strafford families. It also offers a wonderful description of the younger son, the playwright William Shakespeare, courtship and wedding to Ann Hathaway. In addition Mr Clements gives us a sound description of the Catholic recusant families (Ardens, Throckmortons, Catesbys) life and activities in XVI century Warwickshire, and the extremely difficult walk between Faith and treason they were pushed to thread. Please do not miss the scholarly historical notes added at the end, and the impressive Spiritual Testament of John Shakespeare, father of the Bard. This book accentuates even more my Clements addiction and makes me urge the author for a quick delivery of the next book of these wonderful Shakespeare episodes.
Dr. Victor Asensi
Oviedo, Spain
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Elizabethan Tale of Intrigue 15 April 2014
By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
I am a fan of the author and I am always on the look-out for his latest book but this one was a bit of a surprise, though none the less welcome. The book is set at a time when the main character John Shakespeare (yes the older brother of William) has first been recruited by Sir Francis Walsingham in the hope that he, Walsingham, can mould Shakespeare into a future spymaster for Elizabeth I.

It is a little strange after having read the other books in the series Martyr (John Shakespeare, Book 1) to be taken back by the author to virtually the start of his original storyline. In fact to a time when Shakespeare has little or no experience of the role he is being groomed for by Walsingham. Perhaps it is because the current book in the series, "The Heretics" (John Shakespeare 5) is bringing the reader towards the end of Elizabeth I reign and he saw this as a way to extend the life of the plots. Whatever Clements reasons the book certainly does not suffer because of the step back in time.

Shakespeare is given the task of uncovering a plot to free Mary Queen of Scots. It is 1582 and Mary is still a thorn in the side of Elizabeth. Although under guard at Sheffield Castle, moves are afoot to free the Queen of Scots and her mere presence is fomenting religious disharmony between Protestants and Catholics in Elizabethan England.

The book moves along at a pace and certainly does no favours as regards the character and appearance of the Scots Queen . Whether this is historically correct I am not sure. Maybe she is portrayed in this way to sway the reader onto the side of Shakespeare and his attempts to foil the people trying to free Mary.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another cracker from Mr Clements
You can almost smell Topcliffe. Thank you Mr Clements for a thoroughly satisfying John Shakespeare novel. A brilliantly crafted tale.
Published 8 hours ago by Scottish gentleman.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good read, fast pace as usual takes you into the time with sights and smells
Published 7 days ago by jenny collis
4.0 out of 5 stars As good as the others in that the description of 16th ...
As good as the others in that the description of 16th century life is vivid & gives a lot of useful context, without overwhelming the story. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Mrs D Holland
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
excellent read.
Published 14 days ago by k a watts
5.0 out of 5 stars a really good read - BUT -it should be read at the ...
As always, a really good read - BUT -it should be read at the beginning of the series and not at No.6. The story is about John Shakespeare's early career!!!!!
Published 14 days ago by Pat Woods
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent read,true to facts.
Published 19 days ago by Billy Hopkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love John Shakespeare, especially when his brother puts in an appearance.
Published 23 days ago by Ms. Robyn Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another good book in the series. Very enjoyable. Waiting for the next!
Published 1 month ago by LB1966
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent story and good valie
Published 1 month ago by Martin Walden
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent series
Excellent series and can't wait for next one
Published 2 months ago by Dodger
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