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It is 1612. Robert Cecil, Chief Secretary to King James I, is dying. Now the threat from the Catholics has decayed, the Puritan majority are gaining an increasing stranglehold over English society. Parliament is starting to flex its muscles against the King whose court drifts shamelessly towards decadence and corruption. And the great period of Elizabethan and Jacobean draIt is 1612. Robert Cecil, Chief Secretary to King James I, is dying. Now the threat from the Catholics has decayed, the Puritan majority are gaining an increasing stranglehold over English society. Parliament is starting to flex its muscles against the King whose court drifts shamelessly towards decadence and corruption. And the great period of Elizabethan and Jacobean drama has ended with the abrupt retreat from public life of William Shakespeare. Then Henry Gresham is asked by Cecil's protege, Chief Justice Sir Edward Coke, to trace a precious hand-written play manuscript that has gone missing, presumed stolen by a Cambridge bookseller. Gresham has no cause to realise that he is being used as live bait to draw out a murderous madman who is determined to destroy James I, a madman who was supposed to have died twenty years before, or that he is set to unravel the truth behind the authorship of one of the greatest plays the world has ever seen......

Title : The Conscience of the King
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ISBN : 9780751535549
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 336 Pages
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The Conscience of the King Reviews

  • M.J. Lee
    2018-12-21 20:02

    Hi there, I really expected to like and enjoy this but was a little disappointed. The descriptions of London and Cambridge were very good as were the understanding of the politics of the period. Whilst , the theory of the authorship of Shakespeare's plays was interesting. Every body who was anybody at the time seem to have written them except for Shakespeare himself. He was just a masterly editor and rewriter (according to this novel)However, I found Henry Gresham to be an annoying character - a sort of Elizabethan James Bond without the charm. The constant head to heads became a little tedious and the whole thing seemed rushed at the end, as if the author had become as bored of it as I had.Shame. Promised so much but in the end disappointed.

  • Linda Cloud
    2019-01-14 17:50

    Couldn' put this down!This intriguing historical thriller kept me enthralled for the two straight days I spent devouring it. I love the setting of Jacobean England, but it was the fluid prose and multidimensional characters that made this one of the best books I've read in a long time. I started this series out of order, but I am definitely going to read the others. I couldn't recommend this book more highly. You should read this!

  • Malcolm
    2019-01-05 14:36

    Beneath the surface there are some surprising elements of the thriller genre. Scenes of attempted murder, gang fighting in the Globe Theatre. You gain the feeling that the author knows a lot about everyday life in Jacobean England even if you can't agree with his ideas about the authorship of Shakespeare's plays.

  • Darla
    2018-12-31 21:51

    i fell in love with these books was able to read them all except one these books are so interesting as it is about the history of england in fiction format as far as henry gresham is concerned the whole collection that i read were enticinig and as the reader wanting more really enjoyed this collection

  • Carla Nayland
    2019-01-14 16:59

    Action-packed spy thriller set at the court of King James I/VI in 17th-century England, offering a plethora of historical conspiracy theories and a James Bond-style hero to solve them.Review: http://www.carlanayland.org/reviews/c...

  • Zeenat A.
    2019-01-06 23:01

    A really good book to read for contextual reference, must admit i proabaly wouldn't have read it in terms of personal preference! but i'm glad i did since i learned quite a bit.

  • Batsap
    2019-01-04 18:38

    I enjoyed it more than I expected to.

  • Lynn C
    2018-12-31 20:51

    Really enjoying this series, bit of realism to history but still keeps the story going.

  • Vivien
    2019-01-02 21:58

    Another enjoyable read in the Henry Gresham series.