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Prophecy by S.J. Parris
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Apr 04, 2011

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Read in April, 2011

The second in the Giordano Bruno series.

London is awash with rumours and prophesies warning of armageddon. Of more interest to Walsingham is the personal safety of Elizabeth I and the various plots seeking to remove her from the throne. Mary Stuart is the centre of many of these, but the more aggressive Duke of Guise and Philip II of Spain are both anxious to restore England to the Catholic faith regardless of who is on the throne. Bruno, personal favourite of Henri III, is housed in the French ambassador's house, and is asked to monitor Mary's contacts and correspondence which pass the French embassy.

When one of Elizabeth's Maids is murdered, and her mutilations have an astrological appearance. Bruno is asked for help, and he contacts John Dee. A second murder follows shortly.

The historical element of the novel is interesting, in particular the neo-platonic bits. But Bruno does get himself into some awful scrapes. I enjoyed the book and can honestly say the ending was a complete surprese.

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