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Sacrilege (Giordano Bruno 3) [Hardcover]

S. J. Parris
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26 April 2012 Giordano Bruno 3

Perfect for fans of C.J. Sansom and The Name of the Rose, the third historical thriller featuring Giordano Bruno, heretic, philosopher and spy.

In the pursuit of power, nothing is sacred…

Summer, 1584. The Protestant Prince William of Orange has been assassinated by a fanatical Catholic, and there are whispers that Queen Elizabeth will be next. Fear haunts the streets of London, and plague is driving many citizens away.
Giordano Bruno, radical philosopher and spy, chooses to remain, only to find that someone is following him through the city. Confronting his stalker, he realizes it is the woman he once loved – she is on the run, having been accused of murder.

Bruno travels to Canterbury to help clear her name, and also on behalf of Sir Francis Walsingham. The Queen’s spymaster has long suspected Catholic influence in the ancient centre of pilgrimage, and instructs Bruno to work to expose any enemy plots.

As Bruno begins his hunt for the real killer, he is drawn into the heart of a sinister conspiracy hiding in the shadow of England’s holiest shrine…

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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (26 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000731776X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007317769
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 133,404 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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Diminishing Returns 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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
SACRILEGE follows the further adventures of Parris's Italian Renaissance hero Giordano Bruno in ELizabethan England, and it's a corker. The author is well into her stride now, and the story grips from the opening, when our hero realises he's being followed by a possible assassin, only to discover the he is a she - and Sophia the woman he loved in HERESY. Accused of murdering the husband she was forcibly married off too in Canterbury, she begs him to clear her name and save her from execution. Walsingham, one of Bruno's employers, asks him to investigate matters there in the wake of the assassination of the Protestant Prince William of Orange.

As in Sansom's Shardlake series, what makes these novels stand out is both the cleverness of the plotting and the central characters being closer to us in sensibility and intelligence than the norm for their age. Bruno, an ex-monk, is consumed by intellectual curiosity and doesn't believe in God (a heresy). Sophia is a proto-feminist, trapped by the narrowness of the role allotted to women despite her learning. Does she return Bruno's love or that of the Huguenot man who sheltered her? Canterbury Cathedral itself plays a role in the murders that ensue on its grounds, but as Bruno grows in credibility as a spy and intellectual so the foreknowledge of his dreadful fate underscores his courage with pathos. An excellent and absorbing read.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'All for a Woman and a Book' 25 Mar 2012
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This is the third outing for SJ Parris's Elizabethan crime-solving monk-turned-astronomer Giordano Bruno, and in my opinion this excellent series is getting better with each instalment.

At the beginning of Book 3 Bruno is reunited with a past love interest who is on the run, accused of murdering her husband. She persuades Bruno (actually he doesn't take much persuading, he is Italian after all) to go with her to Canterbury, the scene of the crime, to investigate the murder and hopefully prove her innocence. Bruno seeks permission from his employer, the Queen's Private Secretary/ Spymaster, Francis Walsingham, who fortuitously has his own reasons for wanting to send his top sleuth to Canterbury, where he suspects that a nest of Catholic sympathisers is plotting yet another dastardly scheme to overthrow Queen Bess.

So off our hero goes on another of his (mis)adventures, which he admits he falls into "as other men fall in and out of alehouses". As well as investigating the murder of his friend's husband (and several others which quickly follow once he arrives in the city) Bruno becomes involved in the search for the bones of Thomas a Becket which are thought to have been removed to a safe haven during the Dissolution, as well as having yet another close encounter with that elusive ancient manuscript by Hermes Trismegistus which Bruno and a lot of other influential people are keen to get their hands on.

SJ Parris has created an extremely likeable and believable fictional persona for Giordano Bruno (a real historical figure of course).
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good follow up. 29 Aug 2013
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Somewhat more far fetched than Prophecy,the historical background is generally excellent however the real Giordano Bruno was probably a more interesting and enigmatic character.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars 10 July 2014
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not my type of book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 10 July 2014
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buy and enjoy I did
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5.0 out of 5 stars Last one for me. 4 July 2014
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Not as good as the first two...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just what is expected 23 Jun 2014
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If you know this author then this story fits the bill and does not let you down. I always enjoy a good historical novel as long as it 'rings true' and this one does!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another wonderful read
Published 4 days ago by Susan J. Easton
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Loved it
Published 9 days ago by HOWARD PENNINGTON
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this!
An historic novel which is in the same league as C.J. Sansom. The characters become almost like friends and I felt sorry when the book ended. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Marilyn Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Another corker!
The third book in the Bruno series did not let me down. Yet another compulsive page turner which brought back many memories of my various visits to Cantebury. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Steve Morgan
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This was an enjoyable read part historical part thriller the author has you guessing till near the end of the story,
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sacrilege
One of a series which I have downloaded. I've enjoyed them all. They are complex and well researched, including some solid historical background.
Published 2 months ago by mammia3
5.0 out of 5 stars Historical fiction
I've been following this series of books and have enjoyed each one. The books are easy to read. If you enjoy historical fiction around the Tudor era I would recommend this series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Elizabethan Thriller
This is the third book in a trilogy (well, unless any more come along!) but can be read as a standalone, although there is obviously some background detail. Read more
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This is a good story well worth reading. I recommend it without any reservation to anyone interested in historical fiction.
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