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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (16 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007317786
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007317783
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (234 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,806 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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S.J.Parris is the bestselling author of Prophecy and Heresy. Her historical thrillers follow the renegade monk, philosopher and heretic Giordano Bruno, as he uncovers dark mysteries and plots in Elizabethan England.

'S. J. Parris has created a character in Giordano Bruno that will endure. A true rival to C. J. Sansom'
Sam Bourne (bestselling author of The Righteous Men)


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Praise for S. J. Parris:

• ‘Impossible to resist … Parris creates a convincing sense of the past, woven with so much intrigue that the head fairly spins’ Daily Telegraph

• ‘It has everything – intrigue, mystery and excellent history’ Kate Mosse

• ‘Parris writes with confident ease of Tudor London … The dialogue balances nicely on a tightrope of period phrases and cut-to-the-chase colloquialisms. More, please’ The Times

• ‘Full of surprises … an imaginatively satisfying addition to the many real intrigues surrounding the imprisoned Mary Stuart and the threats to Elizabeth’s security’ TLS

• ‘Fascinating … The period is incredibly vivid and the story utterly gripping’ Conn Iggulden

• ‘A brilliantly unusual glimpse at the intrigues surrounding Queen Elizabth I’ Andrew Taylor, bestselling author of The American Boy

About the Author

S.J.Parris is the pseudonym of Stephanie Merritt. Since graduating from Cambridge she has worked as a critic and feature writer for a variety of newspapers and magazines as well as radio and television. She currently writes for the Observer and the Guardian, and is the author of five books and one son.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By FictionFan TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 April 2012
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The third in Parris' Giordano Bruno series, Sacrilege sees Bruno travel to Canterbury to try to clear the name of Sophia, whom we first met in Heresy and who now stands accused of murdering her husband. While there, Bruno is asked by his spymaster Walsingham to look into potential conspiracies against the Queen.

At first, this novel seems to be a traditional murder mystery with an Elizabethan setting but as the book progresses Parris weaves her plot into the political and religious circumstances of the time. Catholic intrigues, the superstitions around the story of St Thomas Becket and the Huguenots living in exile in Canterbury all seem to be involved as more murders follow the first.

While I enjoyed the book overall, I found it a bit slow to start with and I felt that some of the descriptive passages could have been trimmed without loss. At a couple of crucial plot points, Bruno seemed to leap to a conclusion based on little or nothing more than guesswork and that conclusion was then accepted into the plot as if it were proved fact. I found this rather lazy on the part of the author. Unfortunately I also felt the solution to the mystery became quite obvious from about halfway through the book and this led to a lack of suspense.

Although this could be read as a stand-alone novel, it would be helpful to have read the previous ones to fully understand Bruno's back story and his relationship with Sophia. Despite my criticisms, though this, for me, is not as good as her previous novels, I still found it a well-written book with plenty of interest and Bruno is a likeable protagonist. I will be interested to see where Parris goes with the series next.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By M. Stevens VINE VOICE on 24 Aug. 2012
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This is the third outing for Giordano Bruno, the monk on the run turned astronomer turned Walsingham's employee, following Heresyand Prophecy. The story commences shortly after the second installment with the return of Bruno's love interest from Prophecy, Sophie, who is on the run from Canterbury, due to her husband having being murdered and her being the prime suspect. She seeks Bruno's help to prove her innocence.

So starts the story, which evolves with Walsingham wanting Bruno to also investigate other strange goings on in Canterbury.... two birds with one stone, so to speak.

As with the other two books in the series, the novel has likable characters, is well written and has great descriptions of Tudor England.

However (you knew it was coming from a three star review didn't you?), I started to lose interest approximately halfway through, with the story starting to run out of steam.... much of the descriptions and story started to seem repetitive.

Maybe I have now read too many of this genre, as they are all starting to feel "samey"...? I had similar issues with the recent Rory Clements offering, Traitor and the last Shardlake to be published to date, Heartstone (Matthew Shardlake 5).

Ok, but not brilliant (but will still read the next in the series, as want to know what happens to both Bruno and Sophie!).
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By Emile Zola reader TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Sept. 2012
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I have never read any of S J Parris' books before but was eager to read Sacrilege because I have enjoyed C J Sansom, whose books are also set in Tudor England.

Parris' central character is a monk called Giordano Bruno who works for Walsingham, who is surprised one evening to find himself face to face with a woman disguised as a man who turns out to be an old friend of his. Actually, she is not old, Sophia is young and beautiful and Bruno has more than a soft spot for her. Sophia desperately needs Bruno's help; she is accused of murdering her despicable husband and has fled the scene of the crime.

I enjoyed the book but initially, when Sophia is dressed as a man, I couldn't help thinking of `Bob' the cross-dressing female in Blackadder. It's probably me, but this got in the way of my enjoyment of the book. It's a small thing, but I didn't see the point in having a female character gadding about in male disguise ala Tudor style. I am glad I stuck with it, the book had various plots and there were numerous suspects and all in all, it was quite a decent Tudor thriller.

The book describes well the filth-strewn alleys of the capital and life in London and Canterbury. I could easily imagine myself there amongst the cutpurses and conmen. Although I didn't enjoy this book as much as the Master Shardlake series by Sansom, I will try others by Parris based on the style and pace of this one. I've only given a three star because of the cross-dressing irritation but hope to be giving higher on the next book.
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By Uncle Barbar TOP 100 REVIEWER on 26 April 2012
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This is Stephanie Merritt's third Giordano Bruno book - writing under the pseudonym of S. J. Parris and another excellent book it is too.

Parris/Merritt writes with pace and interest all the way through her books and she is a great addition to the late Tudor genre that has recently spawned the excellent C. J. Sansom and Rory Clements. We are therefore privaleged to be living in a time where such excellent authors are producing such well-researched offerings.

"Sacrilege" starts off a year after Prophecy ends with Bruno having finally finished his book on celestial matters and takes it to the publisher. He meets a girl for whom he has a soft-spot and decides to travel to Canterbury for two-fold reasons - in order to try to clear her name in the death of an important local citizen and to weedle out any Catholic plots that lurk within the cloisters of Canterbury Cathedral.

He really has just one friend in Canterbury - and that is an old Cathedral cleric. the rest of the township all appear to be against him and his foreign ways. So his job is not easy at all.

I won't spoil it for you by saying what happens and whether he is successful in any of his missions suffice to say that the book he has pursued in Parris's other volumes rears its head again.

A really good read which I thoroughly enoyed but the end just left me a tiny bit deflated (you will see why). Which is why I gave it four stars.
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