Court of Conspiracy
Book one of The Tudor Enigma
England is the prize. The death of a young king is the price.
King Henry IX, son of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, holds the very balance of European power in his Protestant hands. His numerous Catholic enemies have cast greedy eyes upon his crown and will stop at nothing to usurp the throne.
An unassuming apothecary in the Outer Green of Hampton...more
Her hero, Luke Ballard, is an apothecary; a mix bet ...more
The author clearly knows her subjects very well indeed, which always makes such a difference. The history itself is detailed and accurate, and I very much liked the accounts of the day to day domestic life of the period. I'm fascinated by the thought of possible alternative lives, and the idea of what might have happened had Henry VII ...more
Are the Tudors a thing now? I’m only asking because this is the second series to use the conceit that Anne Boleyn did not miscarry her son, and that Henry IX is now on the throne. (For the other take, see Laura Andersen’s The Boleyn King, which I absolutely have to read).
In Court of Conspiracy, we have a 17-year-old Henry IX on the throne of England, with his very much living mother Anne Boleyn as one of his advisers. (If she had provided Henry VIII with a ...more
The depth of April Taylor’s research is in no doubt – even the plants the apothecary Luke Ballard collects and mixes were used as remedies for the ailments and conditions described – but it is all highly accessible to a reader with little knowledge of the period. The royal apartments, the maze of corridors, halls and chambers of Hampton Court Palace, its myriad minions necessary ...more
An alternate Tudor universe where Anne Boleyn is very much alive and the Queen Mother. Henry VIII has died and their son Henry IX is King. Anne holds at bay those who would attempt to rule via the young monarch. Now though the very life of the young king has been threatened three times. Anne must 'plot her strategy and make England, and the King, safe.'
Luke Ballard is chosen to ensure that. Although a lowly apothecary, Luke is so much more. An elemancer, a user ...more