The Earl in Black Armor: A Novel

The Earl in Black Armor: A Novel

by Nancy E Blanton


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Love, loyalty, betrayal, and murder in the reign of King Charles I

IRELAND, 1635: When the clan leader sends Faolán Burke to Dublin to spy on Thomas Wentworth, the ruthless Lord Deputy of Ireland, the future of his centuries-old clan rests upon his shoulders. Wentworth is plotting to acquire clan lands of Connacht for an English Protestant plantation, displacing Irish families. To stop him, Faolán must discover misdeeds that could force King Charles to recall Wentworth to England.

Leaving his young daughter Elvy in the care of his best friend Aengus, Faolán works as a porter in Dublin Castle, and aligns with the wise and alluring Denisa, Wentworth’s personal assistant. She, too, spies on Wentworth, but for very personal reasons.

While gathering evidence, Faolán is torn between hating Wentworth, and yet admiring his prosecution of pirates and corrupt nobles who prey on Irish merchants. Supremely arrogant and cruel to his enemies, Wentworth shows loyalty, warmth and compassion for family, friends and a few select others.

A common mission takes Faolán and Denisa from Dublin to London and Hampton Court; to York and Scotland; and to the highest levels of court intrigue and power. But secrets, fears, war and betrayal threaten their love—and even their lives. And as Wentworth’s power grows, so grow the deadly plans of his most treacherous and driven enemies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781733592802
Publisher: Nancy Blanton Communications
Publication date: 03/01/2019
Pages: 442
Sales rank: 804,683
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Nancy Blanton writes award-winning novels based in 17th century Irish history. She has worked as a journalist, magazine editor, corporate communications leader and brand manager. Her books celebrate her love of history and her Irish and English heritage.

Table of Contents

The Earl in Black Armor includes acknowledgments, glossary, location map, 66 chapters, afterword, author's note, and list of selected sources.

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