State of Treason (William Constable Spy Thriller series Book 1)
"A gripping and evocative page-turner that vibrantly brings Elizabeth's London to life." Steven Veerapen, author of A Dangerous Trade
London 1578 - a cauldron of conspiracy, intrigue and torture.
The might of Spain and the growing influence of the Catholic League in France all threaten the stability of Queen Elizabeth and her state.
William Constable, a physician and...more
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State of Treason
William Constable Spy Thriller Series #1
By: Paul Walker
During the latter half of the sixteenth century, Elizabeth I was a formidable queen, and woman at that, over the whole of England. Conspiracy theories and superstition signs lurked around every turn. Elizabeth's spymaster, Sir Francis Walsingham, enlists the help of a doctor and astrologer, ...more
This is an interesting start to a new historical mystery series. The author, Paul Walker, introduces us to our hero, William Constable. It is 1578 London, and Constable is a bit of a jack-of-all-trades. He is a physician, and astrologer, and a nautical engineer. He unexpectedly receives a summons from Queen Elizabeth’s spymaster, Francis Walshingham. He is asked to collaborate with John Foxe to quash a rumor that Queen Elizabeth had a child out of wedlock ...more
“The thought that our Queen may have hidden a child is disturbing and I understand why enemies of our state would wish to spread such ideas...”
A Virgin Queen? Rumour has it that Elizabeth’s reputation is not so white as she would have her subjects believe. Behind closed doors, there is talk of a bastard child — a maid. Such talk is dangerous, but if it were to be proven true, then Elizabeth’s position as Supreme Governor of the English Protestant Church would be undermined. But worse than that, ...more
State of Treason is a mystery, suspense, political and historical drama all wrapped into one. A scholar is called to the Whitehall in the middle of the night. Is he called not to be seen again? Is he going to be tortured and executed like his friend from youth whose corpse still hands in the wind in the town square? ...more
The language and descriptions take you straight into Elizabethan London and make you feel part of the plot that takes shape. Liked the way romantic interest was handled and the twist at the end leaves you wanting more. References to actual characters, events and practices in 16th century England add to the interest. Will look out for the next in the series.
This is an entertaining novel, although rather slow paced. The evocation of Tudor London is vibrant and the characters are well rounded and their relationships convincing.
The next in the series is scheduled for later in 2019 and is much anticipated. A strong debut.
State of Treason is set in London, England, in the year 1578. The Virgin Queen, Elizabeth the first is 45-years old, and twenty years into her reign. It seems, perhaps, there could be a plot involving the monarch.
This book is written in the present tense and the first person. The author assumes the identity of William Constable, a fictional mathematician, astrologer, physician, herbalist, and physik, as in physics. He speaks and writes Latin, Greek, French, and ...more
William Constable, a physician and notable astrologer, finds himself woken up and taken to Whitehall in the middle of the night. Summoned by the Queen of England’s principal secretary, the notorious Spymaster himself, Sir Francis Walsingham.Walsingham’s ruthless zeal to counter any uprise of Catholicism, sanctioned the torture and killings ...more
When William Constable, an astrologer and physician, is called into Sir Walsingham's office he's not sure why someone so prominent in Elizabeth I's court would want to meet with him. As he states in the book: "What could Master Secretary want of me; a scholar of no great reputation and only moderate wealth?"
Walsingham shows him a mysterious box ...more
I enjoyed this Historical Fiction with a mystery, thriller and espionage component set in the Elizabethan era. This is my favorite epoch in time in the Tudor timeline. The story begins in 1578, where a plot to overthrow Queen Elizabeth I is on foot. I love reading about this period for its renaissance revival, advancements of the time such as the British naval force which starts to triumph over Spain.
I'm not as well read about Elizabeth the Firsts reign as I'd like so I found this quite interesting although a bit slow at times. This is a historical drama with political intrigue, mystery, and suspense ...more
William Constable, a physician and astrologer, finds himself summoned by Sir Francis Walsingham. Walsingham enlists Constable to work with the renowned author of the Book of Martyrs, John Foxe. Their aim is to discover the meaning of a star chart discovered in an ornately decorated box. Working together they uncover a claim that Queen Elizabeth has a ...more
An interesting and enjoyable historical Tudor thriller, with its well-drawn characters. A very good start to the series which kept my interest right to the end.
William Constable a doctor, is commissioned by Frances Walsingham to look into a treasonous astrological prophecy concerning the death of Queen Elizabeth Tudor. It is an interesting and exciting novel of religious and political turmoil and intrigue and would appeal to Hilary Mantel fans.
When William finds himself summoned by the Queen’s very own spymaster he knew that he would have to tread carefully. And ...more