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About Philip Yorke
Philip Yorke (known as "Tony") is a former Fleet Street journalist who has a special interest in history – and loves reading intelligent, multi-layered plots and well-told stories.
His first book – Rebellion – was published in November 2019.
It is set in 1643 and tells the story of Francis Hacker, a staunch Parliamentarian commander and Puritan, who rises to prominence in the English Civil War and becomes one of the leading military figures of his generation.
Rebellion is the first of a series of books (The Hacker Chronicles) that chart the deeds and life of Francis Hacker, who rose to prominence alongside Oliver Cromwell. It is a tale of faith, love, war and betrayal – with many twists and tragedies along the way.
A second novel – titled Redemption – is already being researched and written.
When he is not researching and writing, Philip Yorke works full-time for a well-known charity.
He is married to Julie, with whom he has five children, and he enjoys relaxing to classical music; reading the works of Nigel Tranter, Bernard Cornwell, Robyn Young and CJ Sansom; and supporting Hull City and Leicester Tigers.
He lives in Leicestershire, England.
For more information, please visit www.philipyorke.org
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The calamitous defeat forces the increasingly desperate Royalists to intensify their attempts to bring about the immediate demise of their Parliamentarian enemies. This includes devising an audacious plan to assassinate the man they believe is key to the war’s outcome.
With the plotters ready to strike, Francis Hacker, one of Parliament’s most loyal soldiers, becomes aware of the conspiracy. With little time to act, he does everything in his power to frustrate their plans. But, alas, things start to unravel when brave Hacker finds himself pitted against a ruthless and cunning mercenary, a man who will resort to anything to achieve a ‘kill’.
Praise for Philip Yorke
- "Based on true events and historical characters, Yorke has penned a novel that threatens to mesmerise the reader with its brilliance, its realism, and its historical accuracy.." – recipient of the 2021 Coffee Pot Book Club Book Award
- "As intricately and artfully interwoven as a spider's web." – The Historical Novel Society
The bloody English Civil War has been raging for almost a year and Parliament is facing defeat.
In desperation, it orders army officer, Francis Hacker, to spearhead an audacious plot to bring down the tyrant, King Charles.
Courageous and loyal, Hacker is drawn into a deadly deceit that could cost him everything he holds most dear…
The publication of the “Royal Tribes of Wales” in 1799 was a serious attempt to address this concern and is widely considered to be the first accurate account of the history of Wales and its Princes in the Middle-Ages which is now resurrected by Dennis Williams.
Throughout the Middle-Ages the whole of Europe was dynamic and the 12th century in particular must always have a peculiar interest for those who have a love of the history of Wales. It is the time when the struggle is keenest and most dramatic between the centralising forces of the Anglo-Norman monarchy and the Celtic tribal organisation, between the ecclesiastical ideals of the Celtic Church such as they appealed to Sulien, and those of the Roman Church such as they were conceived by Hildebrand. It is the time when the literature of Wales revives and many of her great writers flourish; the time too when Celtic folklore penetrates into the literature of the neighbouring peoples.