Court of Shadows: A Novel of Elizabethan England

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She didn't intend to defy the conventions of Elizabethan England... But willfull, impulsive, and strikingly beautiful gentlewoman Kat Langdon disguises herself as a boy, masters the sword and entangles herself in a treacherous web of intrigue with Queen Elizabeth's spies.
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Overview

She didn't intend to defy the conventions of Elizabethan England... But willfull, impulsive, and strikingly beautiful gentlewoman Kat Langdon disguises herself as a boy, masters the sword and entangles herself in a treacherous web of intrigue with Queen Elizabeth's spies.
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In her first novel Morgan provides a zesty pk version of Elizabethan Europe that serves as the backdrop to a disappointingly cliched plot. When Nicholas Langdon is engaged as a spy for the crown, his sister Kat isn't about to stay behind and mind the manor. So she dons male attire and follows Nicholas to the inn where he's stalking his quarry: Justin Lisle, a baron suspected of supporting Mary Queen of Scots, who has been Elizabeth's prisoner for two years. The siblings' amateur efforts at intrigue are more enthusiastic than effective, so they plan a second attempt, this one at Justin's Hampshire estate. Discovered while eavesdropping, Kat is seized by Justin; Nicholas escapes only to thump his head on a tree and lose his memory. Meanwhile Kat won't explain who she is or why she was climbing the outside of the house, so Justin cannot risk leaving her in England when he travels on business to Spain and France; he has her drugged and brought along with the baggage--the chilly beginning of a relationship that, of course, heats up over time. (Mar.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345366511
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/4/1992
  • Pages: 631
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2001

    Wonderful Book

    You can't read a better book. This is a great book with wonderful historical references. It take's place in Elizabeth I's England, after Mary of Scots has already been captured. Typical of books about this era it talks about the struggle between the Protestants and Catholics. The lead character, Kat, is supposed to follow a man suspected of harboring a plot to take the queen's throne. The problem is that Kat falls in love with this man, only to be kidnapped by him and taken to Spain where she must dodge the Inquisition, rape, and desire. This is a book to read on the weekend, otherwise you will be up all night pouring over it. I couldn't set it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2000

    An Enjoyable Read

    At times perhaps a bit predictable, still this is a very enjoyable book that presents an accurate and absorbing potrait of Elisabethan life. As a costumer, I particularly like her descriptions of the clothing worn by her characters- acurate without being overwhelming to the average reader. Holds up well to repeated readings. I hope to see more from this author.

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