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    A Gritty 17th c. tale of Religious Strife

    A 17th century man struggles with religious strife, his strange family, his father's so-called suicide and his attraction to an inappropriate woman. Authentic details, and deep emotions; I loved it.
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    Intriguing for all the right reasons - great for f

    This is not only a well-researched novel conveying a strong sense of time and place with gritty down to earth prose - what seems an insignificant mystery (alongside the deeper darker elements) has bearing on the eventual outcome of this story. That little “something” therefore adds an extra element many authors seek in setting their novels apart from others of similar ilk and of time setting. I highly recommend this novel for lovers of the 17th century who wish to step from the glitz and glamour of the Royal Court, and duly venture to the earthy environs where “Gardy loo” gives due warning of where one will be treading! It is 1664: precisely 4 years having passed since the Restoration of Charles II to the English throne. Thus, the profligate courtly existence of outlandish and clandestine liaisons of a sexual bent disgusts many, not least men of strict religious beliefs who see Papists at every turn and fear their influence at court. None more so than within the dark narrow winding-streets of the working sector of London, where old Noll (Oliver Cromwell) and all he believed in, and fought for, is far from forgotten. What is more, the tragic death of a merchant-cum-trader seems of little interest to those who are not directly affected by his tragic demise, but his son Jasper soon discovers a covert underbelly of discontent strongly associated with Cromwell’s old Republican regime. All the while the mystery of the father’s death lingers, hauntingly so, and Jasper even begins to doubt his faith as he in turn unmasks political intrigues and shocking discoveries within in his own house. Amidst murder, madness and mayhem, Jasper finds love and dreams of a better future, but can he survive deceits and double deceits whilst covertly pledging allegiance to King and Country?
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    Spies and Treachery in 17th Century London

    Ms Pym's research is extensive, enabling her to portray an accurate picture of 17th Century London where the population is poised for a war everyone dreads and no one wants. After twelve years of Puritan rule, the Anglican Church flexes its muscles and Jasper Pitt finds himself on the wrong side. After the death of his rigid and parsimonious father, Jasper discovers both friends and relatives have secrets which throw Jasper into a quandary as to whether to reveal what he knows or risk being accused of spying by association. An enjoyable read for historical fans interested in a side of 17th Century London outside the royal court.
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