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Heresy by S.J. Parris
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Mar 25, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: medieval, historical-fiction
Read in March, 2011 , read count: 1

Mysteries, per se are not generally my area of interest. However, a historical mystery---now that's a horse of a different color. Set in the mid-Sixteenth Century, Brother Giordano Bruno is caught in the outhouse, late at night, reading a banned book (Erasmus), He is about to be turned over to the Inquisition, but then.... Sounds pretty funny, but in 16th Century Rome, heresy is a serious matter.

In Giordano Bruno, Parris creates an entirely believable, ambitious and charmingly flawed character who eventually makes his way to Oxford University which becomes the scene of a series of grisly murders.

Fast paced with lots of authentic period details, the author draws a grim picture of the struggle between the politics of Catholic versus Protestant in England during the reign of Elizabeth I. The plot twists and turns and eventually is resolved to almost no ones satisfaction.

If you like history and enjoy a good mystery, go get it!
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