Rebels and Traitors

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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

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
From the Publisher
"Davis has created an assortment of interesting characters."

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

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781429988018
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
01/19/2010
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
752
Sales rank:
495,507
File size:
1 MB

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.


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. She is also the author of Rebels and Traitors, set during the English Civil War. 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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Rebels and Traitors 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Gideon Jukes is a printer, but that does not stop him from joining London Trained Bands in support of Parliament fighting against King Charles Stuart. Juliana Lovell supports the monarch in the struggle. Gideon and Juliana are falling in love, but these are dangerous times for allies let alone defenders of opposing camps.----------- In 1649, Charles Stuart is executed and Oliver Cromwell takes charge of England. In 1657 his Protectorate collapses. Through these deadly civil war decades, Gideon and Juliana have each other in spite of others trying to divide these beloved enemies.-------- Rebels and Traitors is an entertaining historical epic that occurs over the mid seventeen century decade of the English religious civil war. Gideon is a terrific lead character whose role as a printer is more intriguing than his heroism as a musketeer. He brings to life the use of printed material as a propaganda means to support your side of a hostile debate. Although his relationship with Juliana seems overly forced to bring beloved enemy bedfellows together, Lindsey Davis moves from the first century Ancient Rome mysteries of private informer Marcus Didius Falco to the 1650s England epic tale to the delight of fans of historical sagas.---------- Harriet Klausner
Wiliam_Maltese More than 1 year ago
NO DOUBT WHAT THIS BOOK IS ABOUT! REBELS AND TRAITOR’S 742 pages are about Civil War … war … war … intermediate truces ... war … war … war … rebels and war … traitors and war … war … and the tragedy of war. This definitely isn’t a book for everyone, but I enjoyed it if just because it detailed a period of turmoil in English history — 1649-1657 — about which I knew very little and was curious to know more. Involving the Welsh, Scotch, Irish — even the Spanish, Dutch, and French — in a dispute mainly between the English people and their English king, the author, Lindsey Davis, was able to make the redundancy of battle after battle, and confrontation after confrontation, palatable to other than a history and/or military buff, by showing it to her readers through the eyes of several individuals and families intimately involved, not only with each other but on one side or another, sometimes on both sides, or on one side and THEN the other, of the historical turmoil. That I gave this book a whole five stars is because it gave me what “I” was after, and provided it in spades. Someone less prepared might find a lot of its historical detail more than a little tedious.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lindsey Davis is a meticulous researcher who writes wonderful details into her historical fiction, but this one felt a little dry to me, in spite of the details, and in spite of several strong, sympathetic characters. I learned a lot about the English Civil War, but it was an 800-page chore because it lacked the wit that makes Davis' other books so engaging.
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