The Chronicles of Christoval Alvarez

9 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 244 ratings

The Secret World of Christoval Alvarez Publisher's Summary

It is the year 1586. England is awash with traitors, plotting to assassinate the Queen and bring about a foreign invasion. The young physician Christoval Alvarez, a refugee from the horrors of the Portuguese Inquisition, is coerced into becoming a code-breaker and agent in Sir Francis Walsingham's secret service. In the race to thwart the plot, who will triumph - the ruthless conspirators or the equally ruthless State?

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  • Book 1

    • The Secret World of Christoval Alvarez

    • The Chronicles of Christoval Alvarez, Volume 1
    • By: Ann Swinfen
    • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
    • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 79
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 74
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 74

    It is the year 1586. England is awash with traitors, plotting to assassinate the Queen and bring about a foreign invasion. The young physician Christoval Alvarez, a refugee from the horrors of the Portuguese Inquisition, is coerced into becoming a code-breaker and agent in Sir Francis Walsingham's secret service. In the race to thwart the plot, who will triumph - the ruthless conspirators or the equally ruthless State?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good Story, Somewhat Distracting Narration

    • By Wren on 06-17-17

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 2

    • The Enterprise of England

    • The Chronicles of Christoval Alvarez, Book 2
    • By: Ann Swinfen
    • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
    • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43

    Facing the threat of King Philip's Enterprise of England - Spanish invasion and annexation of the country - Sir Francis Walsingham's secret service spreads a network of agents across Europe. After caring for hundreds of maimed and wounded soldiers returning from the fall of Sluys, young physician and code-breaker Christoval Alvarez is sent on two dangerous missions to Amsterdam, where, amongst the friendly Hollanders, treason and treachery lurks.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I loved the story

    • By Book lover on 04-15-18

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 3

    • The Portuguese Affair

    • The Chronicles of Christoval Alvarez, Book 3
    • By: Ann Swinfen
    • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
    • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 28

    The year after defeating the Spanish Armada, England retaliates. The expedition to Portugal sets out to destroy what remains of Spain's Atlantic fleet, drive the Spanish out of Portugal, put the claimant Dom Antonio of Aviz on the throne, and seize the Azores. But from the time the English fleet, led by Drake and Norreys, reaches Plymouth, things start to go wrong. Christoval Alvarez, sent to carry out two missions by Walsingham, has a more important private plan in mind.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • A bleak and disturbing tale, very dark

    • By Gail N. on 12-08-17

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 4

    • Bartholomew Fair

    • The Chronicles of Christoval Alvarez, Book 4
    • By: Ann Swinfen
    • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
    • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22

    When Bartholomew Fair, London's largest public festival, is threatened in 1589 by 500 armed soldiers dismissed from service without pay, the authorities act swiftly and decisively to prevent trouble. Yet other trouble is brewing. Young physician and code-breaker Christoval Alvarez stumbles upon a sinister troupe of Italian puppeteers bent on making mischief, but it soon becomes apparent that more than mischief is in the air.

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 5

    • Suffer the Little Children: The Chronicles of Christoval Alvarez, Volume 5

    • By: Ann Swinfen
    • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
    • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22

    In Elizabethan London, no child is safe. Children are misused and exploited by parents, masters, strangers, and society at large. Even the children of the rich are in danger. When a five-year-old heiress to great estates is kidnapped, Christoval Alvarez, the players of James Burbage's company, and a disreputable group of child beggars all become involved in the search. At Seething Lane, matters are approaching a crisis.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great details

    • By Sherry on 07-28-17

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 6

    • Voyage to Muscovy

    • The Chronicles of Christoval Alvarez, Book 6
    • By: Ann Swinfen
    • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
    • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23

    An agent sent to Muscovy to investigate suspected treason amongst employees of the Muscovy Company has disappeared without trace. Sir Francis Walsingham, who began the investigation, is dead, but the directors of the Company know that the agent must be found, dead or alive. The perfect opportunity comes when the Tsar, Emperor of All the Russias, asks for an English physician to treat his young half-brother. Christoval Alvarez, physician and former Walsingham agent, is the obvious choice, but is loathe to travel to this violent and barbarous land.

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 7

    • The Play's the Thing

    • The Chronicles of Christoval Alvarez, Volume 7
    • By: Ann Swinfen
    • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
    • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 12

    When Kit Alvarez returns from Muscovy, it is to discover that her post as physician at St. Thomas' hospital has been given to another. Trying to eke out the small income she earns from some of Dr. Nuñez's private patients, she undertakes paid work as a copyist with James Burbage's company. But the players' companies find themselves under threat. Two of Burbage's men are murdered. One of Henslowe's men is attacked. And two important new plays go missing, one by Will Shakespeare and one by Christopher Marlowe. 

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • The story would have benefitted from some editing.

    • By Gail N. on 07-18-18

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 8

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  • Book 9

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