Rebels and Traitors
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Rebels and Traitors

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by Lindsey Davis
     
 

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An epic novel of the turbulent English Civil War seen through the lives of those that fought for peace and struggled for love

Set against the terrible struggle of the English Civil War, Rebels and Traitors is the story of how this turbulent era effected everyone, from rich to poor, and the hopes and dreams that carried them through years of

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An epic novel of the turbulent English Civil War seen through the lives of those that fought for peace and struggled for love

Set against the terrible struggle of the English Civil War, Rebels and Traitors is the story of how this turbulent era effected everyone, from rich to poor, and the hopes and dreams that carried them through years of deprivation, bloodshed and terror.

When Gideon Jukes and Juliana Lovell, who are on opposites sides of the struggle, meet during one of the era’s most crucial events, their mutual attraction brings the comfort and companionship for which they both have yearned. But the flowering of radical thought collapses; its failure leads to endless plots and strange alliances. And shadows from the past threaten them individually and together in their hard-won peace.

Like Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind and John Jakes’ North and South, Lindsey Davis brings to life a turbulent time through the stories of those who struggled, fought, lived and loved on all sides of a defining and devastating time.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Davis has created an assortment of interesting characters."

Library Journal

 

"Devotees of the period will appreciate its authentic depiction and the breadth of coverage."

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Publishers Weekly
Bestseller Davis (Alexandria) takes a break from her popular Roman historical mysteries with this sprawling epic of the English civil war. Alas, after the brief, moving prologue, which vividly depicts the final hours of Charles Stuart before his execution in 1649, the novel never again attains that narrative height. The action shifts to 1634, laying the groundwork for the conflict that culminated in the royal beheading and continues through the downfall of Oliver Cromwell’s Protectorate in 1657 before a pat ending. Much of the action is seen through the eyes of a resourceful survivor, Gideon Jukes, a printer who ends up becoming a musketeer in one of the London Trained Bands, fighting for the Parliament against the king’s men. Efforts to humanize the conflict by providing the bookish Jukes with a love interest don’t amount to much. Still, the author does a good job of showing the changing role of print in the political struggles. (Jan.)
Library Journal
Seventeenth-century monarch Charles I attempts to rule England without parliamentary guidance, a misstep that will lead to the bloodthirsty conflict known as the English Civil War. In this sprawling historical saga, the author of the popular Marcus Didius Falco mysteries (Alexandria) examines the lives of ordinary men and women whose world is turned upside down by the ensuing chaos. Gideon Jukes, the son of a prosperous London grocer, is sent to apprentice in a nearby print shop. The printer's seditious leanings greatly influence the young man, who will eventually find himself a captain in the parliamentarian forces. On the opposing side, Juliana Lovell, the wife of Royalist colonel Orlando Lovell, fights to keep her children fed and clothed during her husband's long absences. VERDICT Although Davis has created an assortment of interesting characters, the laundry list of battles, uprisings, and parliamentary intrigues makes for some dry reading. Fans of her Roman historicals will be disappointed. Strictly for those who enjoy their historical fiction with a liberal dose of political minutiae.—Makiia Lucier, Moscow, ID

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312595418
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
01/19/2010
Pages:
752
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 9.30(h) x 2.40(d)

Meet the Author

Lindsey Davis was born and raised in Birmingham, England. After taking an English degree at Oxford and working for the civil service for thirteen years, she “ran away to be a writer.” Her internationally bestselling novels featuring ancient Roman detective Marcus Didius Falco include Venus in Copper, The Iron Hand of Mars, Nemesis and Alexandria. Davis is the recipient of the Crime Writers’ Association Cartier Diamond Dagger Award, the highest accolade for crime writers, as well as the Ellis Peters Historical Dagger Award and the Authors' Club Best First Novel award.

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