Giordano Bruno Novels (unabridged)

8 books in series
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Heresy Publisher's Summary

Masterfully blending true events with fiction, this blockbuster historical thriller delivers a pause-resisting murder mystery set on the 16th-century Oxford University campus.

Giordano Bruno was a monk, poet, scientist, and magician on the run from the Roman Inquisition on charges of heresy for his belief that the Earth orbits the sun and that the universe is infinite. This alone could have got him burned at the stake, but he was also a student of occult philosophies and magic.

In S. J. Parris's gripping novel, Bruno's pursuit of this rare knowledge brings him to London, where he is unexpectedly recruited by Queen Elizabeth I and is sent undercover to Oxford University on the pretext of a royal visitation. Officially Bruno is to take part in a debate on the Copernican theory of the universe; unofficially, he is to find out whatever he can about a Catholic plot to overthrow the queen.

His mission is dramatically thrown off course by a series of grisly murders and a spirited and beautiful young woman. As Bruno begins to discover a pattern in these killings, he realizes that no one at Oxford is who he seems to be. Bruno must attempt to outwit a killer who appears obsessed with the boundary between truth and heresy.

Like The Dante Club and The Alienist, this clever, sophisticated, exceptionally enjoyable novel is written with the unstoppable narrative propulsion and stylistic flair of the very best historical thrillers.

©2010 S.J. Parris (P)2010 Random House
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  • Book 1

    • Heresy

    • By: S. J. Parris
    • Narrated by: John Lee
    • Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
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    Giordano Bruno was a monk, poet, scientist, and magician on the run from the Roman Inquisition on charges of heresy for his belief that the Earth orbits the sun and that the universe is infinite. This alone could have got him burned at the stake, but he was also a student of occult philosophies and magic. In S. J. Parris's gripping novel, Bruno's pursuit of this rare knowledge brings him to London, where he is unexpectedly recruited by Queen Elizabeth I and is sent undercover to Oxford University on the pretext of a royal visitation.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • I love Historical fiction

    • By Bonnie on 09-20-10

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  • Book 2

    • Prophecy

    • An Elizabethan Thriller
    • By: S. J. Parris
    • Narrated by: John Lee
    • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
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    It is the year of the Great Conjunction, when the two most powerful planets, Jupiter and Saturn, align - an astrological phenomenon that occurs once every thousand years and heralds the death of one age and the dawn of another. The streets of London are abuzz with predictions of horrific events to come, possibly even the death of Queen Elizabeth. When several of the queen's maids of honor are found dead, rumors of black magic abound. Elizabeth calls upon her personal astrologer, John Dee, and Giordano Bruno to solve the crimes. 

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    • By E. Simond on 09-12-12
    • An Elizabethan Thriller
    • By: S. J. Parris
    • Narrated by: John Lee
    • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
    • Release date: 05-03-11
    • 4 out of 5 stars 121 ratings

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    • Prophecy

    • By: S. J. Parris
    • Narrated by: Laurence Kennedy
    • Length: 14 hrs and 39 mins
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    The follow-up to the best-selling Heresy sees the return of Giordano Bruno, religious exile and renegade monk…Autumn, 1583. As an astrological phenomenon heralds the dawn of a new age and Mary Stuart’s supporters scheme to usurp Elizabeth, a young maid is murdered, occult symbols carved into her flesh. Giordano Bruno is called on to use his cunning to infiltrate the plotters and find evidence against them. In fear for his life, Bruno discovers that the young woman’s murder could point to an even more sinister truth…

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  • Book 3

    • Sacrilege

    • A Novel
    • By: S.J. Parris
    • Narrated by: John Lee
    • Length: 13 hrs and 51 mins
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    London, summer of 1584: Radical philosopher, ex-monk, and spy Giordano Bruno suspects he is being followed by an old enemy. He is shocked to discover that his pursuer is in fact Sophia Underhill, a young woman with whom he was once in love. When Bruno learns that Sophia has been accused of murdering her husband, he agrees to do anything he can to help clear her name. In the city that was once England's greatest center of pilgrimage, Bruno begins to uncover unsuspected secrets that point to the dead man being part of a larger and more dangerous plot in the making. 

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Even John Lee Can't Make This Story Entertaining

    • By Craig on 04-29-12

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    • Sacrilege

    • By: S. J. Parris
    • Narrated by: Laurence Kennedy
    • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
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    Fear haunts the streets of London after the assassination of a protestant Prince, and the recurrence of the plague. Giordano Bruno suspects someone is following him, but on confronting his stalker, he realizes it is the woman he once loved – she is on the run, accused of murder. Bruno travels to Canterbury to help clear her name, instructed by Sir Francis Walsingham to also search for the assassin in the shadow of England’s holiest shrine…

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  • Book 4

    • Treachery

    • By: S. J. Parris
    • Narrated by: Laurence Kennedy
    • Length: 19 hrs and 48 mins
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    Summer, 1585: Sir Francis Drake prepares to embark on an expedition by royal commission to cross the Atlantic and seize major Spanish ports, diverting King Philip of Spain’s treasure to Queen Elizabeth. When a ship captain is brutally murdered, and Drake’s life threatened, it becomes clear that someone plans to destroy the expedition before it begins. Giordano Bruno and Sir Philip Sidney hunt for the killer, but are they being lured into a trap?

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  • Book 5

    • Conspiracy

    • Giordano Bruno, Book 5
    • By: S. J. Parris
    • Narrated by: Daniel Philpott
    • Length: 16 hrs and 15 mins
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    Paris, 1585: Giordano Bruno has come to Paris, a city on the edge of catastrophe. Alone and near destitute, Bruno turns to old friend and zealous preacher Paul Lefevre. But when the priest is murdered, Bruno is pulled into a dangerous world. If Bruno can't uncover the truth, not only is the future of the de Valois monarchy threatened - but his own life will be the forfeit.

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  • Book 6

    • Execution

    • By: S.J. Parris
    • Length: 15 hrs and 30 mins
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    England, 1586. Giordano Bruno returns to England to bring shocking new intelligence to Sir Francis Walsingham. A band of Catholic Englishmen are plotting to kill Queen Elizabeth and spring Mary Queen of Scots from prison to take the English throne in her place. Bruno is surprised to find that Walsingham is aware of the plot, led by the young, wealthy noble Anthony Babington, and is allowing it to progress. His hope is that Mary will put her support in writing – and condemn herself to a traitor's death.

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