Has anyone read this? I found ti today at a thrift store and never heard of the book or author before. Looks good tho.
From Publishers Weekly
Far out in the Sussex countryside the prolific Woodfall family, prospering from advantageous marriages,, feels removed from the political intrigue that marks the rule of Elizabeth I. In fact, young Thomas Woodfall early found favor with the man-wary Princess Elizabeth for his lack of guile. Other family members include twin brothers with differing allegiances; as well as a half-sister of Romany heritage who fosters a child of the court named Robert Cooper, who will be both persecutor and savior when the family is maliciously accused of an attempt to assassinate the queen. In this complex tale we follow the ascendancy of Elizabeth through the career of Cooper, who becomes a valued member of the queen's intelligence service. A double agent, charged with "keeping this country at peace and Protestant," Cooper is a chillingly attractive character whose ambiguous but credible bravado dominates the final chapters of this fast-moving first novel, which won England's Historical Novel Prize, in memory of Georgette Heyer, in 1989.
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From Library Journal
This first novel won England's Historical Novel Prize in memory of Georgette Heyer. Opening in the years before Elizabeth I becomes queen, it focuses on two generations of the Woodfall family of Sussex. Eldest son Thomas enjoys a brief friendship with the lonely Princess Elizabeth before returning to Sussex and an arranged marriage. His younger brother Lewis marries into a staunchly Catholic family on the Scottish border, while their half sister Agnes, whose mother was burned as a witch, assumes the rearing of an infant said to be Thomas's son. This child is kidnapped, grows up in London, and joins the queen's secret service. More than 20 years later, he comes to investigate the Woodfalls when they are accused of plotting treason. Though interestingly and believably written, the novel suffers from a convoluted plot and lack of depth. Recommended for popular historical fiction collections.
- Ellen Kaye Stoppel, Drake Univ. Law Lib., Des Moines
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