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Prophecy (Giordano Bruno #2)

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S. J. Parris returns with the next Giordano Bruno mystery, set inside Queen Elizabeth’s palace and steeped in period atmospherics and the strange workings of the occult.

It is the year of the Great Conjunction, when the two most powerful planets, Jupiter and Saturn, alignâ”an astrologiÂcal phenomenon that occurs once every thousand years and heralds the death of one age a
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Hardcover, 375 pages
Published May 3rd 2011 by Doubleday (first published 2011)
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Mary (BookHounds)
This is a beautifully written, historical fiction thriller that takes place during the rule of Queen Elizabeth and in her court. If you are a fan of this era and know a bit about the whispers of occult and astrology that occurred during her reign, you are really going to enjoy this story of conspiracy and mystery. This is probably one of my favorite time periods to read about since it truly was an age of discovery and that these ideas were often described as heresy and treason. Yet, in the world ...more
Jake
Now that I've read this book I can say that I should have read Heresy first, so, if you are looking into reading this, don't listen to those people who say you can read this one first and be all right. Bruno alludes to things that have happened in the first book and, while there are no spoilers that I can see, there is always that fear that those will appear.

That being said, this is a fantastic read. I loved the history, the intrigue, the suspense, and the writing. Elizabethan London comes alive
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Stephanie D.
Prophecy tells of a shadowy and dangerous web of plots and subplots in Elizabethan England.

I skipped to the second in a series of historical thrillers set in the Renaissance featuring Giordano Bruno, an Italian monk excommunicated for heresy. You do not need to have read the first, Heresy, to enjoy Prophecy by S.J. Parris.
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By the time Prophecy starts, Bruno has already been excommunicated and is now in Elizabethan England working as a spy in the midst of the secret enclaves of Papists. Rumors o
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Iset
In some ways, Prophecy reminded me of the traditional “lad lit” genre: a male maverick secret agent, a competent fighter, attractive to women, off on some daring adventure of derring-do. Like any classic hero of “lad lit”, Giordano Bruno has a whiff of Mary Sue about him: associated with the big names of the time and naturally indispensable to the security of the realm. What’s delightful about Prophecy is that it knows what it is full well, and Stephanie Merritt (real name of author S. J. Parris ...more
Catelyn May
This is the second book in S. J. Parris' Giordano Bruno series. If you're a history buff, you know how this ends (hint: there will be flames) and that actually makes me quite sad while reading about Bruno and his way ahead of his time (i.e., heretical) ideas about the universe. As somewhat of an expert on Elizabethan history the appearance of Sir Philip Sidney as Bruno's friend also fills me with a hint of sadness. Obviously, while writing about historical figures you know that eventually they w ...more
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Prophecy

by S.J. Parris
Book Two in Series, first book: Heresy
Format: Hardcover
Print Length: 384 pages
Publisher: Doubleday (May 3, 2011)
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Print Length: 448 pages
Publisher: Doubleday (May 3, 2011)
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S. J. Parris returns with the next Giordano Bruno mystery, set inside Queen Elizabeth’s palace and steeped in period atmosp
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thewanderingjew
This is an historical novel, taking place in the 1500’s, during the time of the rivalry between Mary Stewart, Queen of Scots, and Elizabeth Tudor, Queen of England, for their rightful place on the throne. To protect her family’s right to rule England, and prevent Mary, from ascending to the throne next, Elizabeth I, the Queen of England, has imprisoned Mary for years.

A plot has been uncovered that hopes to restore Mary, (daughter of King James V, whose son ascends to the throne after Elizabeth I
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J.M. Cornwell
Conspiracies and political plots wrapped about with magic and heresy in a heady combination.

Dr. John Dee, astrologer and philosopher to Queen Elizabeth I, and Dr. Giordano Bruno, King Henri of France’s protégé, are absorbed by the coming Great Conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter in the beginning of a new quadrant of the sky, the beginning of a new age that happens only once a millennium. Neither knows that murder, conspiracies involving Queen Elizabeth and Mary Stewart, once queen of Scotland, wil
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Andreea Daia
******Full Disclosure**** This was an ARC copy, that was received through the GoodReads Advance program. I am grateful for the chance to have read this novel, which I might not have purchased otherwise.
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I'm writing this as I still have about 30 pages to go, and, if my opinion changes, I'll update my review once I finish the novel.

First and foremost, this is not a bad thriller - it has suspense, mystery, tension, and the possible suspect keeps changing over and over (even if in the first ha
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Linda
1583 is the year of the Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Venus, prophesied to be the moment of Queen Elizabeth's downfall. Now in London following his perilous adventure in Oxford (Heresy), Giordano Bruno is residing in the household of the French ambassador, planted there by Walsingham to learn information about attempts to restore Mary Stuart to the throne, and Catholicism to England, via intervention from the Duke de Guise of France. There is much apocalyptic angst among the populace, stirred ...more
Nuno Magalhães
Mar 01, 2015 Nuno Magalhães rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fãs de Thrillers Históricos
Gosto bastante do estilo da escrita de S. J. Parris, uma escrita límpida e escorreita que torna a leitura num ato de prazer. Contudo, neste segundo livro sobre as aventuras "detetivescas" de Giordano Bruno na Inglaterra do reinado da Rainha Isabel Tudor, a trama em si continua a não ser muito cativante.

É certo que se consegue apreciar o clima que se vivia nas cortes da Europa daquela época, divididas entre os monarcas que apoiavam os movimentos protestantes versus os que apoiavam os católicos,
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Lisa
Thank you Good Reads for providing me with the ARC of Prophecy. I read Heresy - the first book of the series - and enjoyed it very much. I was hoping Prophecy lived up to the expectations and it did.

Ms. Parris does an excellent job at holding her readers' interest with a charismatic, quick-thinking lead character (Giordano Bruno) and a brisk, intriguing plot. This time around, Queen Elizabeth calls on Bruno and her personal astrologer John Dee to solve the murders of several of her maids of hon
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Catherine Berry
Absolutely fantastic book. I'm a big fan of C J Sansom's "Shardlake" murder mystery series set in the Tudor period so this was the next step for me. Parris' attention to detail is remarkable and really brings the Elizabeth period to life. Not only can she describe normal, everday life of the common people, but Parris is an expert when it comes to Elizabeth and her court. The Queen, Giordano Bruno (the hero), Walsingham and Sir Philip Sidney, all come to life and are exactly how I imagined them t ...more
Patrick Bättig
This is the second Tudor thriller featuring Giordano Bruno, an Italian "monk, scientist, philosopher, and magician" and excommunicated heretic. Although his biography sounds exotic, Bruno was in fact a historical figure. His lively adventures in 16th-century Oxford were the basis of Heresy, the first novel in the series, pseudonymously written by Stephanie Merritt, a former editor on these pages. Now, in Prophesy, it is 1583, the year of the Great Conjunction – a celestial meeting of Jupiter and ...more
Lissa Notreallywolf
Prophesy takes us to that mysterious visit to Dr. Dee's library at Mortlake, a moment in Francis Yates that has apparently fascinated many of us. And the historical pressures around the magus are well developed in the purely fictitious guise of Giordano Bruno, detective. He is again regretfully investigating the murders of two women who have been left in staged positions, with prophetic astrological signs engraved on their breasts. I will not give away the villain(s) but I highly enjoyed this re ...more
Bear Wintar
The second episode of Giordano Bruno's English adventures took me by surprise: the book is written entirely in the present tense (unlike the first book in the Bruno series), which gives it an unnecessary air of constant urgency. Usually, the present tense is used only at certain moments in the plot, to add momentum and tension to the events - in "Prophecy" it seems to be pressuring the reader all the time, which many might find questionable, as it takes a while to get used to.

Getting used to it
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Alice-Anne
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Anthony Fisher
Unfortunately I read this book out of sequence, annoying, as I do have the first book of the series. I did enjoy this intriguing, mystery, spy story set in Tudor London in the 16th Century. Added to the mix is the hero of the book the 'Spy', a Italian ex priest Giordano Bruno (having read the 2nd book first, I missed the storyline leading to his acceptance as a Spy for the English – but that's another story!

I do not write 'spoilers' into my reviews, sufficient to say, there is plenty going on in
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Judy
This is the second in a series set in Elizabethan England. I read the print version of the first and wasn't sure an audio version would be as good or easy to understand. Parris writes a complex story involving many characters. However, I enjoyed this outing of Giordano Bruno, a former monk who escaped the inquisition in his native Italy. Bruno has influential friends in high places, and he serves as spy for the Queen, who fears for her life. This is an interesting story about the period seen fro ...more
Elisabeth
The year is 1583 and London is full of plots to kill Queen Elizabeth I. A young maid of honour to Elizabeth I is murdered, her body found mutilated and symbols of the occult are carved into her in a horrific way.
There is concern that this murder is more than just the death of a young girl, the spymaster of the Queen, Francis Walsingham calls on former Italian monk Giordano Bruno to help him with his investigations again. Known for his rather unorthodox investigation methods Bruno needs to find w
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Karen Brooks
The second book in the Giordano Bruno series is set in 1583 and finds the Italian heretic and former monk, Bruno, ensconced in the French Ambassador's residence in London, where plots against Queen Elizabeth's throne fly thick and fast. Still working for the spymaster and queen's secretary, Sir Francis Walsingham, Bruno keeps his ear to the ground, discovering unlawful correspondence and Catholic conspirators everywhere he turns... Or are they? Told to rely on another of Walsingham's men, Fowler ...more
Donna
This was a Goodreads Giveaway book.

Terrific setting in 16th century London and the court of Elizabeth I. Complex plot with political intrigue, religious fanaticism and superstition, and personal ambitions stretching across Europe. I look forward to more adventures with Giordano Bruno.
Donald Mosier
The historical fiction concerning the life of the heretic monk Giordano Bruno in England continues. This is the second in a series. It is a slight step down from the first book, "Heresy." That doesn't make it bad. It is still very interesting and illuminating. In this story, Bruno continues his role as spy/informer for Walsingham, Elizabeth's Secretary of State. Conspiracy and murder abound. Of course, the conspiracy (conspiracies???) concern the French/Spanish plot to overthrow Elizabeth and re ...more
Betty Strohecker
In this second Giordano Bruno mystery/thriller, Bruno is called to investigate the deaths of several of Queen Elizabeth's maids of honor, along with Elizabeth's personal astrologer, John Dee. Rumors abound that there is plot to kill the queen, and these deaths a prelude to that event. Racing against time to uncover the murderer, Bruno and Dee find themselves in danger, possibly from a member of the court. The practice of the occult takes center stage and leads our hero into dangerous situations. ...more
Karen Klein
Took awhile for me to get through it, but it was actually pretty good. Now have to go back and read the first one, Heresy to find out how Giordano Bruno became the "renegade monk." :) Reminds me of Ariana Franklin's series.......
MBP
Spies, counter-spies, murder, arcane books, the occult, Queen Elizabeth, court politics, religious dissent, secret plots, Sir Francis Walsingham, and an excommunicated monk/scholar who is far from home. What's not to love?
Kim
I am now a fan of Brundo Giordano. I am not sure how I missed "Heresy," but loved this once so much I plan to read it next.

Definitely a great read for fans of historical fiction!
Julie Adams
A disappointing second novel. None of the zip, zing and real intrigue that Heresy had. Meh.
Paul
It is a time of heightened discord in then later parts of Elizabeth's reign. Some want to return to the "old religion", Catholicism with Mary, Queen of Scots or her son James VI as ruler. Some want a more conservative Protestant English Bible based faith. There is a murder at Whithall of one of the Queen's maids. Bruno Giordono is asked to solve the crime quickly. Then another is killed. The French and the Spanish are about to mount an invasion to free Mary and/or place here son on the throne. T ...more
Pamela
In this second novel in the Giordano Bruno series, Bruno investigates a plot to overthrow Elizabeth I and replace her with Mary Stuart. At the same time, the murder of a young maid of honour suggests that the plot may be connected to astrological prophecies foretelling the end of Elizabeth's reign. Bruno puts his own life in danger again as he infiltrates the plotters and searches for proof that will lead to their arrest.

This was an enjoyable read, with a strong sense of religious tension and d
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S.J. Parris began reviewing books for national newspapers while she was reading English literature at Queens' College, Cambridge. After graduating, she went on to become Deputy Literary Editor of The Observer in 1999. She continues to work as a feature writer and critic for the Guardian and the Observer and from 2007-2008 she curated and produced the Talks and Debates program on issues in contempo ...more
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  • Sacrilege (Giordano Bruno #3)
  • Treachery (Giordano Bruno #4)
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