Heresy

Paperback | June 7, 2011

byS J Parris

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England is rife with conspiracies to assassinate Elizabeth I and return the country to Rome—plots that foment in places like the fiercely papist University of Oxford. Giordano Bruno—renegade monk, poet, scientist, and magician—arrives in London, fleeing the Roman Inquisition. Bruno believes that the Earth orbits the sun, and this alone could have him burned at the stake, but he also seeks a lost book of ancient truth, which he believes will end the religious wars.

Bruno is recruited by Elizabeth's spymaster, Sir Francis Walsingham, and sent undercover to Oxford, but his mission is thrown off course by a series of grisly murders. Bruno suspects that the murderer is trying to send a message—but what and to whom? Stalking the killer through the shadowy cloisters of the colleges and back streets of Oxford, he soon learns that sometimes even the wisest men cannot tell truth from heresy.

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England is rife with conspiracies to assassinate Elizabeth I and return the country to Rome—plots that foment in places like the fiercely papist University of Oxford. Giordano Bruno—renegade monk, poet, scientist, and magician—arrives in London, fleeing the Roman Inquisition. Bruno believes that the Earth orbits the sun, and this alone...

S.J. PARRIS writes for the Guardian and the Observer under her real name, Stephanie Merritt. Her novel Gaveston won the Society of Authors' Betty Trask Award for outstanding first novel. She followed Gaveston with the novel Real and a memoir about her struggle with depression, The Devil Within.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:688 pages, 7.5 × 4.26 × 1.79 inPublished:June 7, 2011Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143172484

ISBN - 13:9780143172482

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"[A] brilliant historical thriller."—The Globe and Mail "Intrigue, mystery, excellent history and haunting sense of place. The beginning of a wonderful new detective series." —Kate Mosse, New York Times–bestselling author of Labyrinth "Giordano Bruno turns out to be that rare hero, charismatic and nuanced enough to impel an encore."—Matthew Pearl, New York Times–bestselling author of The Poe Shadow and The Dante Club