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Heresy | [S. J. Parris]

Heresy

Oxford, 1583. Giordano Bruno, a radical thinker fleeing the Inquisition, is sent undercover to Oxford to expose a Catholic conspiracy against Queen Elizabeth. But he has his own secret mission at the University, which must remain hidden at all costs. When a series of hideous murders are committed, Bruno is compelled to investigate. What he finds makes it brutally clear that the Tudor throne itself is at stake....
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Oxford, 1583. Giordano Bruno, a radical thinker fleeing the Inquisition, is sent undercover to Oxford to expose a Catholic conspiracy against Queen Elizabeth. But he has his own secret mission at the University, which must remain hidden at all costs.

When a series of hideous murders are committed, Bruno is compelled to investigate. What he finds makes it brutally clear that the Tudor throne itself is at stake....

©2010 Stephanie Merritt (P)2013 W F Howes Ltd

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  • Wendy
    stratford upon avon, warwickshire, United Kingdom
    8/15/13
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    "Another tudor tale"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I liked the twist that here was a heretic investigating heretics and the character has been well-established for further stories. However, there seems to be a "template" for this sort of book if you dig under the surface and compare to C J Sansom or earlier Ellis Peters

    An enjoyable listen for the holidays


    Would you be willing to try another book from S. J. Parris? Why or why not?

    Probably, to see what how the character develops -


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Farniboy
    Wirral, UK
    8/6/14
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    "Medieval Morse..."
    What did you like most about Heresy?

    I read this book after I'd read CJ Sansom's Shardlake series. I like to read books where you get the feel of a time and place in history. Heresy as this in spades. It really gets across the fear of ordinary people living in Elizabethan times. A time that saw England run as a police state. As Elizabeth and her advisers were battling enemies from within the country as well as those outside.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Giordano Bruno the protaganist is a brilliant work of fiction...I was gobsmacked to find out that he was a real person. In fact Parris has woven a great deal of fact into this novel.


    Which character – as performed by Laurence Kennedy – was your favourite?

    Giordano Bruno was read really well. Kennedy gets across the uncertainty of this Italian ex Catholic stumbling from one incident to another in medieval Oxford.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this book and will definitely listen to Parris's other Bruno novels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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