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A good read but left me a little deflated...
on 26 April 2012
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 enjoyed but the end just left me a tiny bit deflated (you will see why). Which is why I gave it four stars.