The Tudor Secret
The era of the Tudors was one of danger, intrigue, conspiracy, and, above all, spies.
Summer 1553: A time of danger and deceit. Brendan Prescott, an orphan, is reared in the household of the powerful Dudley family. Brought to court, Prescott finds himself sent on an illicit mission to the king’s brilliant but enigmatic sister, Princess Elizabeth. But Brendan is soon comp
Set in those fractious days both preceding and following the death of Edward VI, C.W. Gortner places his fictional squire, Brendan Prescott, into the story. A foundling at birth and brought up in the Dudley household, he seeks to unearth the secrets surrounding his birth. Tasked with a clandestine errand to Princess Elizabeth by Dudley, the Duke of Northumberland, he simultaneously finds himself escorting Princess Mary, and acting as a spy for Elizabeth’s protector, William Cecil, the Master Sec ...more
However, I found it a quick, light read, especially for a ...more
Brendan Prescott, foundling raised along side the powerful Dudley family, comes to court to serve Robert Dudley. In his attempt to follow his master's first command he meets Princess Elizabeth Tudor and finds himself captivated, then pulled into the complicated world of politics during the reign of Edward VI.
I thought the mystery was decent enough ...more
A rousing historical adventure set in the Tudor court, during final days of Edward VI's reign- a time of danger, deceit, and courage. Brendan Prescott, a foundling reared in Dudley household, arrives at court to serve as a squire to the arrogant Lord Robert Dudley. Keen and ambitious, Brendan hopes to gain advancement in his new post - until Lord Robert dispatches him on an illicit mission to the King's enigmatic sister, the Princess Elizabeth, and Brendan discovers that nothi ...more
Ever author who blurbed on the back of this book should feel bad about themselves.
PS: The cover wardrobe is inaccurate. Just for the record.
We meet young Brendan Prescott as he is making a journey to London. A foundling, Brendan w ...more
As a newborn babe Brendan Prescott was abandoned on the grounds of the powerful Dudley family. Taken in and raised at Dudley Castle, Brendan is tormented daily by the Dudley brothers, in particular the handsome, yet arrogant Robert. As the book opens, we find Brendan riding towards the court ...more
What I liked about the book: I find the time period absolutely fascinating. I thought the author did a great job interweaving fiction with non-fiction. The Tudors are the ultimate dysfunctional family that you hate to love or love to hate. That always makes for great reading. I also liked most of the characters, flawed as they were.
What I didn't like: Wow. I rea ...more
Like the oyster with its grain of sand, we bury it deep within, coating it with opalescent layers, as if that could heal our mortal wound. Some of us devote our entire lives to keeping our secrets hidden, save from those who might pry it from us, hoarding it like a pearl only to discover that it escapes us when we least expect it, revealed by a flash of fear in our eyes when caught unawares, by a sudden pain, a rage or hatred, or an all-consuming shame.
The Tudor Secret is t ...more
But I can't say enough about C.W. Gortner. He's remarkable in so many ways, and weaves the most amazing stories!
The Tudor Secret revolves around Brendan Prescott, a foundling who was reared in the Dudley household, and what happens to him when he comes to the court of Edward VI to serve Robert Dudley. Gortner kept very close to the facts as I understand them in and surrou ...more
The Tudor Secret was more historical fiction than anything, unless you count the "mystery" of Brendan Prescott's birth, which I don't (when I read a mystery, I'm looking for dead bodies.) The book was set at an interesting time in history, during the last days of Edward VI and the fight for the throne among all the Tudors, including Jane Grey, Mary Tudor and of course, Elizabeth.
The whole mystery of Brendan's parentage was pretty obvious (I could tell ...more
This story follows an orphaned stable boy, Brendon Prescott, on a search to discover his past, as well as save the Princesses Mary and Elizabeth.
Found abandoned as a baby, he is taken in by the powerful Dudley family. When he is old enough, he is called to the Royal Tudor Court, ruled by the young Edward VI. Though Robert Dudley has shown his obvious distaste for Prescott, Prescott is assigned to become his squire. His first m ...more
The Secret Lion is set in 1553 at the height of scandal in the Tudor dynasty and follows Queen Elizabeth and her lover Robert Dudley. Our main protagonist is Brendan Prescott, a man of lowly rank who serves the Dudley household and becomes part of a plot to save Queen Elizabeth when her brother King Edward VI mysteriously disappears. The loyal Brendan functions as a spy, and we soon learn ...more
I enjoyed this historical novel and found it hard to put down because of the alternate theories in play. I read a lot of historical fiction including novels set in this time period and this author held my attention better than most. Mr. Gortner really grounded me in the 1500s through his excellent description of that time period and his use of the five senses. I experienced many perils along with the main character, Brandon, such as near-drowning incidences and being held in ...more
This first book in Elizabeth's Spymaster trilogy focuses on the last days of Edward VI's reign and that of Jane Grey, also known as the Nine Day Queen. Our protagonist Brendan Prescott is a squire in service to Lord Robert Dudl ...more
Although I enjoy Historical Fiction and especially the Tudor era, I did not like this one.
Brendan Prescott is a foundling raised by the Dudley family and send to London to squire for lord Robert. King Edward, the teenage king who succeeded Henry VIII lies dying. The Dudley family is doing all to seize power and Brendan soon finds himself in the middle of court intrigue. Brendan also ...more
I picked it up under the "The Tudor Secret" title. Here's my problem: if you know *anything* about Tudor history (or even farther back then that, in the many twists and turns of the monarchy of the British isles) you're going to be very... confused. Unless you can *completely* suspend reality a ...more
Brendan Prescott is an orphan raised in the Dudley household in the mid-1500s. The Dudleys are at the height of their power during the reign of the young king Edward VI. Brendan is brought to court to serve as Robert Dudley's squire, but soon finds himself caught up in plots and missions for Lady Elizabeth's protector, William Cecil, in the tumultuous year of 1553. Amid all the intrigue and danger, Brendan finds time for romance and friendship and starts t ...more
When Brendan arrives at court in the summer of 1553 to be squire to Robert Dudley, he finds his life instantly turned on its head when he begins working as a spy for William Cecil, Princess Elizabeth's most trusted advisor. He is charged with finding ...more
Time: 1602, 1553
Main characters: Brendan Prescott - an orphan raised in the Dudley household, Princess Elizabeth, Edward VI, William Cecil - Baron Burghley.
First paragraph: "Everyone has a secret.
Like the oyster with its grain of sand, we bury it deep within, coating it with opalescent layers, as if that could heal our mortal wound. Some of us devote our entire lives to keeping our secret hidden, safe from those who might pry it from us, hoarding it like ...more
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Like the oyster with its grain of sand, we bury it deep within, coating it with opalescent layers, as if that could heal our mortal wound. Some of us devote our entire lives to keeping our secret hidden, safe from those who might pry it from us, hoarding it like the pearl, only to discover that it escapes us when we least expect it. revealed by a flash of fear in our eyes when caught unawares, by a sudden pain, a rage or hatred, or an all-consuming shame.”