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Trust and Treason

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  11 ratings  ·  5 reviews
A gritty historical novel of treason and family loyalty in Elizabethan England; the author's only novel.

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
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published October 27th 1989 by The Bodley Head (first published 1989)
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Karen Cook
One of my favorite historical novels. This was a first novel and it's very sad that evidently the author never published another book. It won the British historical novel award in memory of Georgette Heyer. However Trust and Treason is nothing like a Heyer book! Set in Elizabethan England, it's a gritty, fast paced story of spies, suspense, murder, treason, and the price of honor and love. One of those books where you don't want to leave the characters. I kept hoping for a series based on the ma ...more
Goodreads describes this book as a "gritty" read. I have to agree 100%. It won the G.Heyer Prize but do not imagine that this is a light, fluffy read. If something could go wrong with this family it did, from plague to treason. Still I do recommend it as a good read.
Caught in the web of political machinations, the Woodfall family, true allies of Elizabeth and the Crown, falls victim to a false accusation of treason and is ruined. Only Robert, a bastard son, kidnapped as a child and now a trained espionage agent, can help — if love for his family can overcome his training to be cold and detached.
Ann L.
While there were some unbelievably fanciful things about this book, in general I found I was interested in its outcome. I liked Ms. Birkhead's writing style. Found the plot twists intriguing and her characters well rounded.
A brilliant historical novel
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