The Tudor Secret

The Tudor Secret The era of the Tudors was one of danger intrigue conspiracy and above all spies Summer was a time of danger and deceit Brendan Prescott an orphan has been reared in the household of the po

  • Title: The Tudor Secret
  • Author: C.W. Gortner SteveWest
  • ISBN: 9781441791023
  • Page: 176
  • Format: Audiobook
  • The era of the Tudors was one of danger, intrigue, conspiracy, and, above all, spies Summer 1553 was a time of danger and deceit Brendan Prescott, an orphan, has been 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 soThe era of the Tudors was one of danger, intrigue, conspiracy, and, above all, spies Summer 1553 was a time of danger and deceit Brendan Prescott, an orphan, has been 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 compelled to work as a double agent by Elizabeth s protector, William Cecil, who promises in exchange to help him unravel the secret of his own mysterious past A dark plot swirls around Elizabeth s quest to discover the truth about the ominous disappearance of her seriously ill brother, King Edward VI With only a bold stable boy and an audacious lady in waiting at his side, Brendan plunges into a ruthless gambit of half truths, lies, and murder Filled with the intrigue and pageantry of Tudor England, The Tudor Secret is the first book in The Elizabeth I Spymaster Chronicles.

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    1. 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 S [...]

    2. First things first, this is not a mystery. For some reason I thought it was, but it's really just Historical Fiction. It covers a period of about 3 weeks, and the huge leaps in character growth during that time are quite unbelievable. Our main character starts out a naive, bumbling country boy who picks up on court intrigue and gains maturity with startling swiftness, in a matter of days. Definitely some suspension of disbelief is needed.However, I found it a quick, light read, especially for a [...]

    3. This is the first Gortner novel I've read and while I love reading novels set during this period this one hasn't turned out to be a favorite of mine. 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 [...]

    4. Although I have enjoyed other works by Mr. Gortner, I could only read a chapter of The Tudor Secret before I put it down telling my boyfriend, "This is much too fake to read". Perhaps it is because I have been in more of a actual history kick for the past year versus historical fiction or perhaps it is because of the fact that book was reading more like a high school drama club play. Granted, if I had stuck it out, then it may have progressed better. Call me a quitter, but I just couldn't read a [...]

    5. FROM THE PUBLISHER: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 [...]

    6. A young white boy discovers he is *~special~* in this ground-breaking tale. In a stunning turn of events, all the major female players (which include Elizabeth I, Mary I, and Frances Brandon of Suffolk) are one-dimensional cardboard cut-outs who exist only to help this *~special~* young white boy find *~the truth~*.Ever author who blurbed on the back of this book should feel bad about themselves: The cover wardrobe is inaccurate. Just for the record.

    7. I won this in a first reads giveaway, which I was very excited about. Free books; yay! They asked for a review, so here it is.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 really had t [...]

    8. Historical fiction readers should thank Mr. Gortner for choosing to take us along with his imagination and give us such tales of what might have been. It takes a strong knowledge of time, place and history to be able to weave a story that at its core is completely based in fiction but populated by icons. Yet that is exactly what Mr. Gortner does with this first book in his Elizabeth I Spymaster Chronicles. We meet young Brendan Prescott as he is making a journey to London. A foundling, Brendan w [...]

    9. I am a huge fan of C.W. Gortner’s The Confessions of Catherine de Medici and The Last Queen and so when the opportunity to review The Tudor Secret came my way, I quickly seized it! And I was not disappointed!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 cou [...]

    10. **2.5 stars for plot/0.5 star for narration**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 [...]

    11. Once you step into the luxurious pages of The Secret Lion, you will find yourself on an excursion full of intricate plots, rich settings and historical themes. The time is sixteenth century Tudor England, during the riveting and exquisite renaissance period.

    12. 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 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 [...]

    13. Leia a crítica completa no Blog Os Livros Nossos em oslivrosnossos/201() O protagonista da trama é Brendon Prescott, um jovem abandonado e acolhido pela poderosa família Dudley, é chamado a assumir as funções de escudeiro de Robert Dudley, em Londres na corte de Eduardo VI, o jovem rei que vive sob o jugo manipulador do seu perverso e astuto conselheiro - João Dudley - Duque de Northumberland - pai de Robert. Tendo sido confiado aos cuidados de uma serviçal - a saudosa Dona Alice - Presc [...]

    14. The Secret Lion is the first novel in the Spymaster Chronicles by C.W. Gortner, writer of historical fiction.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 [...]

    15. I had to force myself to not finish this book in one sitting, and even then it kept me up till the wee hours of the morning. 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 [...]

    16. This is my third Gortner book. The Last Queen is one of my favorites. There is no need to rehash the plot on this one. This book was originally released as The Secret Lion. Gortner has the right recipe in the way he writes his novels. They just flow. From page 1 you feel like you are there living in his world and he gives you a great "fictional" story intertwined with historical facts. The Tudor Secret was a fun read. I give it 3 and 1/2 stars

    17. Four stars for being well written and expertly plotted. Well developed and sympathetic characters. Upgraded to five stars for having Steve West narrate!

    18. Eso si que fue adictivo."Las necesidades del cuerpo raramente se preocupan de la desolación del corazón."Primero tengo que resaltar la característica mas importante del libro: su hermosa prosa. Está narrado de una forma tan bella que, combinado con lo intrépido de las aventuras de nuestro protagonista hacen que el libro sea difícil de soltar. Una belleza. Igual que dicho protagonista estoy enamorado de Brendan. Pero no porque sea el típico héroes puedelo-todo sino por lo contrario: en ca [...]

    19. I need a half star rating on . This book is certainly better than its successor, The Tudor Conspiracy, but I still don't want to award it that lofty five star rating. So let's call it four and a half stars even though will class it as a four star rating.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 Dudley, and is tempted [...]

    20. Paeluv lugu, ootamatute keerdkäikude ja huvitava saladusega. Seda viimast ma siinkohal reeta ei soovi. ;) Keda ajaloolised saladused huvitavad, siis soovitan seda raamatut lugeda. Soovitan ka kõigile teistele, sest põnevust jagub. Samuti intriige ja reetlikust. Raamat tekitab tunde, justkui kaoks mingisse teise pöörasesse maailma. On sümpaatseid tegelasi ja on ebasümpaatseid. On armastust ja ootamatuid keerdkäike. JA ON ÜKS SUUR SALADUS! Mida ümbritsevad ka mõned väiksemad saladused. [...]

    21. A The Tudor Book Blog Review(thetudorbookblog).Summary: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 mission is to ta [...]

    22. Apparently this book can be found under two titles: "The Secret Lion" or "The Tudor Secret". I can't tell if it didn't find an audience when it was originally published or recent Tudor-mania made it a hit.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 and [...]

    23. First Sentence: "Everyone has a secret."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 [...]

    24. Una vez más me he encontrado con un libro que puedo encasillar en mis favoritos. El secreto de los Tudor no solo es historia sino que es una gran obra con una buena trama por el que sus personajes bien definidos caminan aportando mucho más de lo que se puede apreciar en la sinopsis.Una historia que comienza un verano de 1553 con el escudero (Brendan Prescott) de uno de los hijos de la familia Dudley, Robert, en la corte. Personas importantes y una Inglaterra en vilo velando por su rey y querie [...]

    25. Setting: England, London, Whitehall PalaceTime: 1602, 1553Main 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 [...]

    26. The first book in C.W. Gortner's Spymaster Chronicles, The Tudor Secret introduces the reader to Brendan Prescott, a foundling raised in the Dudley household and one who's very blood hides a secret many would do anything, even kill, to keep hidden. 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 [...]

    27. More like 4.5 stars.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 [...]

    28. I have long been a fan of C W Gortner, not only because of how much I enjoy his books, but also because of the gracious way in which he interacts with his readers. I really enjoy the way that he has previously focused on not necessarily unknown characters but rather lesser known characters from European history like Juana, queen of Spain (sister to Catherine of Aragon), or Catherine de Medici. Right from when I first read him I have enjoyed his voice and his portrayal of powerful, flawed women.B [...]

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