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Incendium (Christopher Radcliff, #1) The guards came that night Christopher was roused and told to dress Where am I to be taken he asked, rubbing the sleep from his eyes The tower, replied one of the guards The Earl of Leicester has commanded it Christopher swore Had the earl changed his mind again They travelled by barge to the Tower stairs Christopher huddled into his cloak against the night cold To their left, glimmers of light from watchmen s lanterns flickered in the blackness to their right the marshes and mea The guards came that night Christopher was roused and told to dress Where am I to be taken he asked, rubbing the sleep from his eyes The tower, replied one of the guards The Earl of Leicester has commanded it Christopher swore Had the earl changed his mind again They travelled by barge to the Tower sta This is an excellent story of intrigue and espionage in Elizabethan England The characters are well drawn and the background, London in the late sixteenth century, is both plausible and interesting The historical context, the enmity between Catholic France and Spain, on the one hand, and Protes I have said it before, but historical mysteries really fit me They have to work so hard to find anything, in a good way.In this one Radcliffe, a lawyer works for the Earl of Leicester And there is a plot afoot Does someone want to kill the queen Who can be trusted Tensions between Catholics and the rest are rising France is making moves, Spain is making moves And Radcliffe is meant to try to figure out what is going on, and then there is the word, Incendium Who was behind it Oh I could I have said it before, but historical mysteries really fit me They have to work so hard to find anything, in a good way.In this one Radcliffe, a lawyer works for the Earl of Leicester And there is a plot afoot Does someone want to kill the queen Who can be trusted Tensions between Catholics and the rest are rising France is making moves, Spain is making moves And Radcliffe is meant to try to figure out what is going on, and then t Such a fantastic start to A.D Swanston s new series Incendium focuses on the very real danger Elizabeth I faced personally in the wake of France s St Bartholomew s Eve massacre A brilliant historical thriller. Murder, mystery and spies in Elizabethan England, the main players of the time such as the Earl of Leicester and Sir Francis Walsingham all have major parts in this book The protagonist of the book is a lawyer Christopher Radcliff, who has his own group of intelligences all re Terrible I was so looking forward to reading it, and it disappointed me to no end The historical background is sound, but nothing is happening I m 10%, and they re still at the office the main character entered on the first page There is telling, and telling and telling, no kind of action to help us understand who these people are, and what their personalities are like I hoped forthan this some emotion, some suspense, maybe some less known historical details, but none of those were Terrible I was so looking forward to reading it, and it disappointed me to no end The historical background is sound, but nothing is happening I m 10%, and they re still at the office the main character entered on the first page There is telling, and telling and telling, no kind of action to help us understand who these people are, and what their personalities are like I hoped forthan this some emotion, some suspense, maybe some less Original Review HereAs soon as I saw Incendium by A.D Swanston, I wanted it The cover is beautiful Never mind don t judge a book by its cover I wanted this book It did not let me down.I haven t read anything set in this era since I was a child and reading The Lady Grace Mysteries It was refreshing to immerse myself in a different time and Swanston made this time accessible I picked up on the way of life pretty much straight away The plot involves mystery, murder and a man trying to fig Original Review HereAs soon as I saw Incendium by A.D Swanston, I wanted it The cover is beautiful Never mind don t judge a book by its cover I wanted this book It did not let me down.I haven t read anything set in this era since I was a child and reading The Lady Grace Mysteries It was refreshing to immerse myself in a different time and Swanston made this time accessible I picked up on the way of life pretty much straight away The plot involves mystery, murder and a man trying to figure it out before it is too late It is not the most action packed or mysterious I figured out who it was about a hundred pages before the character.What th I am notoriously picky when it comes to historical fiction One of the problems of having studied history is that I both love reading historical fiction and yet also find it incredibly easy to be thrown out of enjoying the story just because of a simple inaccuracy This is evenapplicable when it comes to anything to do with Elizabethan England, aka one of my main specialisms So A.D.Swanston had a series of significant obstacles to get over for me to even stand a chance of enjoying this bo I am notoriously picky when it comes to historical fiction One of the problems of having studied history is that I both love reading historical fiction an Summer, 1572 And England Is Vulnerable Fear Of Plague And Insurrection Taint The Air, And Heresy, Fanaticism And Religious Unrest Seethe Beneath The Surface Of Society Rumour And Mistrust Lead To Imprisonment, Torture And Sometimes Murder To The Young Lawyer Christopher Radcliff And His Patron And Employer, Robert Dudley, Earl Of Leicester, The Prospects For Peace Are Grave And As Leicester S Chief Intelligencer, He Is Charged With Investigating Both The Rumours Of Rebellion At Home And Invasion From Abroad But Radcliff S Own Life Is Far From Orderly His Relationship With The Widow Katherine Allingham Is Somewhat Turbulent And The Cut Throat World Of Court Politics Leaves No Room For Indiscretions That The Queen S Own Cousin, The Duke Of Norfolk, Is Found Guilty Of Treason, It Is A Sign Of Just How Deep The Dissent Goes Jesuit Priests Have Been Sent To England In Order To Foment Revolt But The Threat Of A Catholic Uprising Comes Not Just From Within Across The Channel, France Is Caught Up In A Frenzy Of Brutal Religious Persecution And England S Other Enemy Of Old, Spain, Is Making Preparations To Invade England Is A Powder Keg, Just Waiting For A Spark To Ignite It And Then Christopher Radcliff Hears Word Of A Plot That Could Provide That Spark The Word Is Incendium But What Does It Mean And Who Lies Behind It Suddenly Christopher Radcliff Is Caught Up In A Race Against Time Oh I do love a good book set in Tudor times Traitors, spies, heretics, and Elizabethan politics What a mix I m looking forward to readingChristopher Radcliff I found him a good character and an interesting one Even the Earl of Leicester was written well As w

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