Sacred Treason by James ForresterSacred Treason by James Forrester

Sacred Treason

byJames Forrester

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Your God. Your Country. Your Kin. Who Do You Betray?1563: Anyone could be a suspect; any Catholic could be accused of plotting against the throne. Clarenceux keeps his head down and his religion quiet. But when a friend desperately pleads with Clarenceux to hide a manuscript for him, he is drawn into a web of treachery and conspiracy he may never untangle. Is there no refuge if your faith is your enemy?Bestselling author Dr. Ian Mortimer, writing as James Forrester, has crafted a chilling, brilliant story that re-imagines how the explosive mix of faith and fear can tear a country apart. Sacred Treason tells a thrilling story of murder, betrayal, and loyalty-and the power of the written word.Claureceux Trilogy:Sacred Treason (Book 1)The Roots of Betrayal (Book 2)The Final Sacrament (Book 3)An Elizabethan romp featuring a conspiracy, a secret manuscript, and whispers about Anne Boleyn."-Sunday Times"Vivid and dramatic."-The Guardian"Arresting."-Daily Telegraph"
James Forrester is the pen name of the historian Dr. Ian Mortimer. Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and winner of its Alexander Prize for his work on social history, he is the author of four highly acclaimed medieval biographies and the Sunday Times bestsellers The Time Traveler's Guide to Medieval England and The Time Traveler'...
Title:Sacred TreasonFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:480 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 1.28 inShipping dimensions:8 × 5.25 × 1.28 inPublished:March 20, 2014Publisher:SourcebooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1402272669

ISBN - 13:9781402272660


Rated 2 out of 5 by from Sacred Treason Sacred Treason, by James Forrester, is a mystery-thriller novel set in the Elizabethan period. Mr. Harley, better known as Clarenceux, was given the dangerously high mission of decoding and preserving a chronicle that held the secret to the legitimacy of the throne…Why him? Clarenceux was literally thrown into this quest -unbeknown to him were the reasons for his being chosen, nor the dangers and horrors that would accumulate. Henry Machyn, the church clerk, funeral arranger and tailor was the person who wrote this chronicle. Before meeting his final fate, Machyn delivered the document to Clarenceux and bestowed upon him the duty of its safety, deliverance and decoding- all for the sake of re-instating the Catholic faith and the political changes that that would entail. This plight would prove almost insurmountable for Clarenceux as all odds were against him. William Cecil, the Queen’s head advisor and Walsingham her counselor and spy planned to get a hold of the chronicle at any cost. This put the merciless soldier Crackenthorpe at the forefront of the mission. Clarenceux would fight him off until the end… The tale leads us into an intricate maze-like plot, with Clarenceux solving the mystery step by step. Along his treacherous journey he was accompanied by Machyn’s widow, Rebecca. The two of them became very close due to the nature of their dangerous mission which lead them to care deeply for one another. There were several moments where Clarenceux (married with children) desired Rebecca (and vice versa) but his respect for her, his wife and his Catholic faith kept him strong in avoiding temptation. (Although this rang a bit holier than thou- it also stressed as commendable and in line with his faith). Clarenceux faced incredible obstacles to preserve ‘the truth’ in the precious document. To further the mystery of this puzzle, there were nine Knights of the Round Table, who had all sworn to keep the faith and preserve the chronicle for its sublime truth as well. Packed with action and well researched history, James Forrester writes a novel that will capture the interest of those who love their history mixed with gruesome fighting, torture, mystery and suspense. The book is detailed to the very moment although at times it felt like there was just too much that lasted too long. I loved the beginning and was immediately drawn into this story, but then the scenes, the journey and quest altogether felt endless. I would have preferred a faster pace with less dragging and over-telling it, with less battles and action. But then, that’s just me, preferring more heroine material over soldiers torturing, and settings in dark tunnels. Yet, truth be told, the story was gripping enough for me to read up until the end- I really wanted to see that mystery solved! Definitely an interesting take on historical mystery- the whole idea of this chronicle and its possibility is brilliant in itself. Engaging and sure to be a hit for lovers of historical mysteries revolving around a male hero.
Date published: 2012-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A FANTASTIC READ! Sacred Treason was one of those novels that took me completely by surprise. I was blown away by how much I enjoyed this book and I really have to thank the publicist who contacted me offering me a spot on this books tour. This book had everything I wanted. I haven't read many historical mysteries especially not ones set in Tudor England so this one was a real treat for me. I can honestly say that I've never read a book like it and I'm super excited that I had the opportunity to read this. I really enjoyed the sense of adventure in this novel as Clarenceux solved the mystery behind the mysterious book that his friend Henry gave him. It was a non-stop ride for me and I found myself staying up late last night just to finish it because I couldn't help but want to see what would happen next. The writing was seemless and addictive each chapter left me wanting to find out more and more and I very much enjoyed the characters that James Forrester created in his fictional debut. I have to say that Clarenceux is one of my new favourite characters now because he himself was just as intriguing as the mystery surround the book in his possession. The way the book was set up was very much in the way of an adventure novel. I loved the historical details that were paid attention to and the descriptions of the times, the places and the people were wonderfully done. I loved the tension between Clareneux and his wicked counterparts who were up to no good it was thrilling to see how the whole novel played out and I'm glad I had a chance to read it. I really think that the author's historical background was a real asset to him in writing this novel. He's an author of non fiction titles under his real name Ian Mortimer which gives him that extra edge to pen this series. Like I said before I'm not really familiar with the historical mystery genre Sacred Treason has really sparked an interest in me to explore other books that are part of the genre and there's nothing I like more than to be introduced to a new genre so you can expect to see more reviews of books like this in the future. Since I am a fan of both historical fiction as well as mystery novels this bridge between both genres worked out well for me. I highly recommend this book to those who are fans of historical fiction and historical mysteries. If you love books set in Tudor England than I think this book might just be up your alley but if you're anything like me you may find yourself up to all hours of the night reading it. I for one am eagerly anticipating reading the other two books in this series and I'm hoping to do so soon. * I received a free copy of this book from the published via NetGalley in exchange for my free and honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own and I was not compensated in any way.
Date published: 2012-10-11