London, December 1563. England is a troubled nation. Catholic plots against the young Queen Elizabeth spring up all over the country. At his house in the parish of St Bride, the herald William Harvey – known to everyone as Clarenceux - receives a book from his friend and fellow Catholic, Henry Machyn. But Machyn is in fear of his life, claiming that the book is deadly... What secret can it hold? And then Clarenceux is visited by the State in the form of Francis Walsingham and his ruthless enforcers, who will stop at nothing to gain possession of it. If Clarenceux and his family are to survive the terror of Walsingham, and to plead with the queen’s Secretary of State Sir William Cecil for their lives, Clarenceux must solve the clues contained in the book to unlock its dangerous secrets before it’s too late. And when he does, he realizes that it's not only his life and the lives of those most dear to him that are at stake...
James Forrester is the penname for historian Dr. Ian Mortimer who has written such books as The Time Traveler's Guide to Elizabethan England and The Time Traveler's Guide to Medieval England. This novel, A Sacred Treason was released October 1st by Sourcebooks.
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