A Thriller

eBook - 2010
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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 Wars of Religion. 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.
Publisher: Toronto : Penguin Group, c2010
ISBN: 9780143176664
Branch Call Number: Online eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource (435 p.)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Oct 31, 2015

a pretty good mystery. I like "period pieces" because I find it interesting to read about other times. The violence between religions is always so tragic and a sorriful comment on humanity because of those differences. We're still seeing that intolerance today.

Apr 01, 2015

I liked it enough that I will end up reading the next one sometime.
I found that there were just too many unlikeable characters and too many fanatics for me to enjoy it more.

Jul 08, 2014

A really fun read! Historical Fiction with a mystery twist! I loved it!

samdog123 Sep 17, 2012

An interesting historical thriller. Giordano Bruno, an ex-italian monk, works undercover for Sir Francis Walsingham, spymaster for Queen Elizabeth I. Bruno is sent to Oxford to seek out an underground Catholic network. Murders begin to happen, all tied into those following the Catholic religion, outlawed in England at the time. Interesting to see how religion and politics were so tied up together.

bookfanatic1979 Jul 12, 2012

I’ve read so much about Elizabethan England that yet another squabble between the Protestants and the Catholics just didn’t appeal. It’s a pity, because this is a very well-done, well researched book. If I’d come across this series at an earlier time in my life I probably would have devoured it. I read the blurb for the next in the series and had absolutely zero interest in it. Moving on.

Feb 14, 2012

One of the best books, I have read many years - a page turner.

Jul 19, 2011

Finally, a book that I can say that I was genuinely intrigued by! I started this book believing it to be about the war between science and faith, but it turns out that it is faith versus faith. Still, the question of whodunit brings Bruno (and the reader) on a thrilling chase to an unexpected conclusion (at least for me). It brings about the question, what is right and wrong? Who can answer that with certainty? Is the truth sometimes better left unsaid?

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