The Tudor Conspiracy

The Tudor Conspiracy

by C. W. Gortner
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The Tudor Conspiracy by C. W. Gortner

England, 1553. Mary Tudor has become queen to popular acclaim, but when she's betrothed to the Catholic prince of Spain, rumors of revolt swirl around the person many regard as England's only hope: the queen's half sister, Elizabeth. Haunted by his past, Brendan Prescott lives far from the intrigues of court. But his time of refuge ends when his foe and mentor, spymaster Cecil, brings him disquieting news. Obliged to return to the palace where he nearly died, Brendan finds himself working as a double agent for Queen Mary, who orders Brendan to secure proof that will ruin his cherished Elizabeth.

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ISBN-13: 9781470898205
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date: 07/16/2013
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

C. W. Gortner is the author of the acclaimed historical novels The Last Queen and The Confessions of Catherine de Medici. He holds an MFA in writing with an emphasis on Renaissance studies from the New College of California. In his extensive travels to research his books, he has danced a galliard in a Tudor great hall and experienced life in a Spanish castle. He is also a dedicated advocate for animal rights and environmental issues. Half Spanish by birth, he lives in Northern California.

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The Tudor Conspiracy: A Novel 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
pagese More than 1 year ago
I think this series has done an excellent job of portraying the danger that Elizabeth was constantly in before she ascended the throne. It's something that I was aware of, but it's never bee such a focus of a story. I often feel sorry for Queen Mary. History doesn't portray her in the best light possible. Her father basically abandoned her, stripped her of her title for most of her youth, among many other things. She never wavered from her faith, but instead of it being her saving grace she let it warp her into something else. I often wonder how much of her persecutions were her own doing or someone else whispering in her ear. I think this book does and great job of showing how easily she was swayed by opinions. Brendan sees this first hand and how hard it is to change the Queen's mind when she was dead set on something. It's also interesting to read about Elizabeth in this light. I understand she had to walk a very fine line when it came to her sister. She often had to appease her while staying true to herself as well. But, she honestly had so much of her father in her. She would play the game and you would never know what she was doing until it was to late. I'm not sure how much Mary actually had to fear her, or if Elizabeth was truly content with sitting back and waiting. I loved Brendan's involvement in all of this. He's puts so much on the line. It's strange to think how it's a personal stake for him. His devotion is so much more than a typical subject and their sovereign. He very nearly loses his head because of this loyalty. Something that won't be forgiving twice. I like how each of these book deals with specific time periods, so I'm really excited for book 3.
literarymuseVC More than 1 year ago
Mary Tudor and Princess Elizabeth are bitter enemies forevermore. Mary is now Queen of England and doing everything possible to force her sister to convert from Protestantism to the Roman Catholic faith. That victory would guarantee England remains a Catholic country and would enable Mary to marry Philip, Prince of Spain. Imagine how such a union would change the face of history! “Nothing is ever as it seems!” is the essence of this plot and Brendan Prescott, spy who once saved one of the sisters, is the protagonist called to the Queen’s presence for specific employment. His job? Prove Elizabeth is a traitor; bring evidence that will enable Mary to eliminate her ever-threatening sister. Court intrigue, rumors and plots fill every page as supposed friends and implacable foes lead and mislead this easily targeted spy. The reader must pay attention as Brendan seems to serve both sisters with equal determination. Yes, he is misled at times but learns to become sharper mentally and trust his increasingly correct instincts as to who is really vying for favor. There are truly no innocents herein! Private letters, secrets, poison, murder, brutal beatings, threats, sword battles, sexual temptation and more force the reader’s excitement into more intense reading and flipping of these riveting pages. For C. W. Gortner is a master of the mystery, the spy novel, the adventure story, the intricacies of England’s domestic and international manipulations of history, the obsessive lust for power and revenge, and the foibles that betray even the most careful antagonists! The subplot of this novel awaits the reader’s pleasure as Brendan searches for his true identity amidst the royalty related to the Tudor sisters. This quest is no less satisfying and the reader is rooting for Brendan every step of the way. The author’s brilliance shines clearly in the way his characters seem to move through an emotional gauntlet of fury, confusion, fear, mourning, happiness, and mistrust in a matter of minutes. One is never sure what will happen in the next second which makes the anticipation even more enticing! Words cannot properly convey how well-crafted The Tudor Conspiracy… is. Treat yourself, if you haven’t done so yet, to a brilliant, literate, engaging and exciting read which illuminates the intricacies of this well-known royally entangled historical period and characters! Stunning!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoy historical fiction and C.W. Gortner writes a great story.
Celticlady1953 More than 1 year ago
The Tudor Conspiracy by C.W.Gortner is the second novel in The Elizabeth I Spymaster Chronicles. It is basically about Queen Mary and her desire to marry and keep her sister Elizabeth from inheriting the throne. She decides to marry Prince Phillip of Spain and hopes for a child that will inherit. There are plots underway during this time to usurp Mary and put Elizabeth in her place which resulted in the ill fated Wyatt Rebellion where the nine day Queen, Jane Grey,the Dudley's, father and son's are imprisoned and later executed for their supposed part in the plot. Robert Dudley is not executed, but still has aspirations to have Elizabeth on the throne so he can be her consort. We all know what happened with that..  Brendan Prescott is the major character in this story, and under the guidance of his mentor Cecil, it is up to him to protect Elizabeth from Mary at all costs because if Mary does have a child, it is feared that Elizabeth would be imprisoned in the Tower for the rest of her days or worse killed. There are all sorts of people who are working against Brendan as he is tasked with finding the letters that were written by Elizabeth, which if found would lead Queen Mary to believe that Elizabeth is out to do her harm and take the throne. I found Brendan to be a likable, caring and loyal man who puts his life at risk on numerous occasions to protect his beliefs. Mr.Gortner brings his knowledge of the Tudor era's turbulent times to the pages of this wonderful story. It is fiction of course based on fact and his research is impecable. I love reading C.W.Gortner's books and eagerly await the third in this series. Full of mystery, intrigue,emotional heartbreak and secrets to keep the reader turning the pages. If you are a historical fiction fan and fan of the Tudor era, then this series needs to be on your book shelves. I received the book for review and was not monetarily compensated for my review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the part where the various people in the palace were comforting Prescott in the aftermath of Peregrine's death.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A continuation of the adventures of Brendan Prescott, agent of Sir William Cecil, serving Elizabeth Tudor in the years before she bevsme queen. Looking forward to the next installment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I discovered Christopher Gortner by accident when I met him at an author's event in NYC. What a stroke of luck for me - after talking with him I decided to start reading The Tudor Secret that night after arriving home. I was captured from the get go and thoroughly enjoyed every word. I felt like I was in the Royal Court due to the way the words described each scene to make it easy to visualize what was happening. The character development was superb and I had a good insight for all of them. I can't wait to get started on the next book. I feel like I got on the Gortner bandwagon in time to go for an upward ride............. Don't make a mistake and not read this book. Ed Walker
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MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
THE TUTOR CONSPIRACY by C.W. Gortner is an exciting Tudor Historical Fiction set in 1553 England. #2 in "Elizabeth I Spymaster Chronicles",but can be read as a stand alone. A tale of young Princess Elizabeth,Brendan Prescott,Mary Tudor and a cast of many more, the intrigue of the Tudor court,deceit,betrayal,sister rivalry,suspense,spies,intrigue,passion,danger,and royal secrets. "The Tudor Conspiracy" is sure to delight historical fans everywhere. Well written with believable,engaging characters and an intriguing plot. Sister turns against sister, dark conspiracies are on every corner,intrigue and betrayal runs rampant,you do not want to miss the intrigue and suspense of the Tudor court. A tale sure to delight any historical reader, filled with intrigue,suspense and a bit of romance. The Tudor era is enlightened and weaved through this tale of sister rivalry,and betrayal. A must read! Received for an honest review from the publisher and Net Galley. RATING: 4 HEAT RATING: MILD REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
Anonymous More than 1 year ago