- Audio Download
- Listening Length: 13 hours and 43 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 20 Jan. 2011
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004K3B8RM
Sacred Treason Audio Download – Unabridged
|New from||Used from|
This title is not available for you.
Sorry, this title is no longer available. Please try using the search feature as another version of this work may be available. If you think we've made a mistake, please contact Audible Customer Care at 0800 496 2279.
Customers who bought this item also bought
Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
This historical novel contains both real and fictional characters. Sir William Cecil and Francis Walsingham are in charge of protecting Elizabeth I, while the author has given Walsingham a fictional vicious sidekick in Crackenthorpe, who takes great delight in carrying out his orders. The fact that Clarenceux and Rebecca are both committed Catholics does limit where Forrester can take his characters - they spend much of the novel denying the attraction between them. However, this is the first book in a trilogy, the next title being The Roots of Betrayal (Clarenceux Trilogy 2) and I suspect that this possible love affair may resurface.
This book encompasses these traits well. The story is taking a view from the characters who are still practicing the old faith and how some feel they could start an uprising to bring down Queen Elizabeth with a certain book and several key figures known as Knights of the Round Table.
The main character Clarenceux is drawn into this venture unwittingly by an old friend turning up at his doorstep and asking him to look after his treasured book (his Chronicle).
From then on he is being persued around the country in a race to save himself and protect the future of the Country.
A good read from a different angle in this period.
It was interesting then to approach his writing as a novelist. This book reads well, compellingly, as the reader is catapulted straight into the action set in London in 1563, five years after the accession of Elizabeth I to the throne, following her Catholic half-sister Mary. Elizabeth is still dealing with the legacy of the religious controversies and upheavals wrought in the reigns of her father Henry VIII, half-brother Edward VI and Mary. In this she is aided by Sir William Cecil, himself having somewhat shakily negotiated his way through several changes of State religion, and Francis Walsingham, her spy master. It was a time when it was dangerous to be an active Catholic, and the protagonists of this novel have to fight for what they believe is right, even though it may mean betrayal of their country, or their Queen.
The book races through the action, and the characters are well portrayed. It is particularly enjoyable in that the reader also has no more knowledge than the main characters as the story progresses as to what it is that Cecil and Walsingham are fighting so hard to find and overturn.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and look forward to more in this series. Clarenceux King of Arms is a man of honour and faith in a changing world, and I'm sure further stories involving him will be well worth exploring. If you enjoy this, you will enjoy the books of C J Sansom which stand well in comparison.