The Roots of Betrayal

The Roots of Betrayal

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Released July 7, 2011

£29.99

The brilliant new Elizabethan thriller from the highly acclaimed author of SACRED TREASON.


1564: Catholic herald William Harley, Clarenceux King of Arms, is the custodian of a highly dangerous document. When it is stolen, Clarenceux immediately suspects a group of Catholic sympathisers, the self-styled Knights of the Round Table. Francis Walsingham, the ruthless protégé of the queen's Principal Secretary, Sir William Cecil, intercepts a coded message from the Knights to a Countess known to have Catholic leanings. He is convinced that Clarenceux is trying to use the document to advance the cause of the Catholic Queen. And soon Clarenceux enters a nightmare of suspicion, deception and conspiracy. Conflict and fear, compounded by the religious doubts of the time, conceal a persistent mystery. Where has the document gone? Who has it and who really took it? And why? The roots of betrayal are deep and shocking: and Clarenceux's journey towards the truth entails not just the discovery of clues and signs, but also the discovery of himself.

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James Forrester

James Forrester is the fiction-writing name (the middle names) of the historian Dr Ian Mortimer - best known as the author of 'The Time Traveler's Guide to Medieval England' and its Elizabethan follow-up. The Clarenceux trilogy of novels - 'Sacred Treason', 'The Roots of Betrayal' and 'The Final Sacrament' are set in the period 1563-67. The series is named after their central character, William Harley, Clarenceux King of Arms, a herald in the College of Arms.

Ian-James lives with his wife and three children on the edge of Dartmoor, in the Southwest of the UK. Find out more about his writing as James Forrester at www.jamesforrester.co.uk.

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