×

Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

Unicorn's Blood
     

Unicorn's Blood

by Patricia Finney, (cover) Henry Sene Yee (Designed by), (cover) Bryan Leister (Artist)
 

See All Formats & Editions

By the author of Firedrake's Eye: a masterpiece of voice, historical detail, and psychological insight to rival Peter Ackroyd and A. S. Byatt

England in the mid-1580s faced an array of international foes and was torn internally by religious strife. At its center was a slight woman of exceptional intellectual brilliance. Her stature approached

Overview

By the author of Firedrake's Eye: a masterpiece of voice, historical detail, and psychological insight to rival Peter Ackroyd and A. S. Byatt

England in the mid-1580s faced an array of international foes and was torn internally by religious strife. At its center was a slight woman of exceptional intellectual brilliance. Her stature approached that of a deity -- Queen Elizabeth I, the Virgin Queen. But this icon was more than a reflection of the Queen's personal charisma, it was a political creation, designed to hold a fractious people together.

Unicorn's Blood is about a dangerous secret, the existence of a private diary kept by the Queen as a young princess. Should this stolen journal, embroidered with a unicorn that has a ruby for an eye, fall into the wrong hands, its intimate revelations would destroy the entire edifice of Tudor government.

Editorial Reviews

Allison Heisch
A novel that is so good and so much fun that I'm about to read it again. Finney is my favorite new author. -- Women's Review of Books
Library Journal
Using some of the same real and imagined characters that appeared in Firedrake's Eye (St. Martin's, 1992) but standing totally on its own, Finney's latest work is another superior novel of intrigue during the reign of Elizabeth I of England. This time the plot revolves around a long-lost diary that the queen kept as a young woman, which not only contains her will naming Mary Queen of Scots her heir but also reveals a liaison with Thomas Seymour that ended in an aborted pregnancy. Now Mary is imprisoned and Elizabeth is daily being hounded by her advisors to order her execution. If the diary, embossed with a unicorn on the cover, can be found, these men will have additional ammunition to persuade Elizabeth that Mary must die in order to prevent the succession of a Catholic to the English throne. Finney, who studied history at Oxford, effectively re-creates Elizabethan England, describing its bawdy, colorful, and cruel aspects with a sure hand. Essential for public libraries.Nancy Pearl, Washington Ctr. for the Book, Seattle

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312200398
Publisher:
Picador
Publication date:
12/01/1998
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
952,427
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 10.34(h) x 0.94(d)

Meet the Author

Patricia Finney attended Oxford, where she read history. Her first novel, A Shadow of Gulls, won the prestigious David Higham award. Unicorn's Blood is her fourth novel. She lives in England.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews