The Tudor secret : the Elizabeth I spymaster chronicles / C.W. Gortner.

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    • Publication Information:
      1st ed.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: In sixteenth-century England, Brendan Prescott enters a world of danger and lies when he reluctantly agrees to work as a double agent for Princess Elizabeth's protector, William Cecil.
    • ISBN:
      9780312658502 : PAP
      0312658508 : PAP
    • Accession Number:
      2010038846
    • Accession Number:
      fay.317539
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      GORTNER, C. W. The Tudor secret : the Elizabeth I spymaster chronicles. [s.l.] : St. Martin’s Griffin, 2011. Disponível em: . Acesso em: 23 out. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Gortner CW. The Tudor Secret : The Elizabeth I Spymaster Chronicles. St. Martin’s Griffin; 2011. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.317539. Accessed October 23, 2019.
    • APA:
      Gortner, C. W. (2011). The Tudor secret : the Elizabeth I spymaster chronicles. St. Martin’s Griffin. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.317539
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Gortner, C. W. 2011. The Tudor Secret : The Elizabeth I Spymaster Chronicles. St. Martin’s Griffin. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.317539.
    • Harvard:
      Gortner, C. W. (2011) The Tudor secret : the Elizabeth I spymaster chronicles. St. Martin’s Griffin. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.317539 (Accessed: 23 October 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Gortner, CW 2011, The Tudor secret : the Elizabeth I spymaster chronicles, St. Martin’s Griffin, viewed 23 October 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Gortner, C. W. The Tudor Secret : The Elizabeth I Spymaster Chronicles. St. Martin’s Griffin, 2011. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.317539.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Gortner, C. W. The Tudor Secret : The Elizabeth I Spymaster Chronicles. St. Martin’s Griffin, 2011. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.317539.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Gortner CW. The Tudor secret : the Elizabeth I spymaster chronicles [Internet]. St. Martin’s Griffin; 2011 [cited 2019 Oct 23]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.317539

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2011 January #1

In 1553, England is a dangerous place to be. King Edward is on his deathbed. Vying for the crown are Elizabeth, her half sister Mary, and their cousin, Lady Jane Grey, who is manipulated by her powerful father-in-law. Into the midst of all this drama rides Brendan Prescott, a 20-year-old orphan raised by the servants at the Duke of Northumberland's country home. Sent to court to serve the duke's sons, one of his first tasks is to deliver a secret missive to Elizabeth. But Brendan is soon lured by Elizabeth's protector, William Cecil, into working for Elizabeth instead, as Cecil promises to help Brendan decipher the mystery of his parentage. Amid crosses and double crosses, Brendan realizes he has to choose a side, for the issue of succession to the throne quickly becomes a matter of life and death—and not just for the potential monarch. An exciting, vividly rendered story of intrigue and espionage. Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2010 November #2

Gortner's (Confessions of Catherine de Medici; The Last Queen) third historical novel and the first in his "Elizabeth I Spymaster Chronicles" details the rivalries struggling for power during the demise of the young King Edward VI. Narrator Brendan Prescott, a lowly page in the employ of the once powerful Dudley family who saved him as a foundling, takes readers into the Tudor court as he is sent on a secret mission to protect the king's sister, the Princess Elizabeth, from the scheming of King Edward's uncles. Opening with great promise, the novel begins to disappoint after the first few chapters. Gortner breaks one of the unspoken rules of historical fiction: if it's not true, it must at least be believable. There is nothing plausible about Brendan being the royal personage he is later discovered to be or his many escapes from danger. Most problematic, though, is the lack of emotion behind Brendan's supposed love of Elizabeth, who is portrayed as without intelligence or wit. Overall, Gortner's uninteresting plot goes nowhere, in an unfortunate contrast to his acclaimed previous novels. VERDICT Not worth the money, but as it is part of a series, this title may need to be reconsidered should the second book prove more entertaining. Strictly for the author's most ardent readers and Tudor fiction fans.—Audrey Johnson, Arlington, VA

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PW Reviews 2010 November #2

In Gortner's latest riveting historical (after The Last Queen), the influential Dudley family sends orphan servant Brendan Prescott to serve their cruel son, Lord Robert, at King Edward's court, and the young man is soon caught up in intrigue, suspicion, and shifting loyalties. Young King Edward is under the thumb of the Dudleys, but illness is greatly affecting his influence. Then the lion-eyed Princess Elizabeth, whom the Dudleys view as a threat, arrives and Prescott becomes a spy for her protector, William Cecil. Deeper involvement in the conspiracies surrounding the throne makes Prescott increasingly uncertain of loyalties, including his own, and he begins to question his fate and identity. In Gortner's capable hands, Prescott is a believable and enjoyable hero, a man of strong loyalties but naïve enough to be exploited. And while the Dudleys are mostly broadly drawn villains, Robert has depth, and though readers familiar with the Tudor era will know the key players, they may be surprised by their depiction here. Gortner handles action with aplomb, adding a riveting, fast-paced thriller to the crowded genre of Tudor fiction. (Feb.)

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