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When fugitive Italian monk Giordano Bruno--philosopher, magician, and heretical scientist--arrives in London, he's only one step ahead of the Inquisition. An undercover mission for Queen Elizabeth I and her spymaster provides added protection. Officially, Bruno is to take part in a debate on the Copernican theory of the universe at Oxford University; unofficially, he is to find out whatever he can about a Catholic plot to overthrow the queen. But when his mission is dramatically thrown off course by a series of grisly deaths and the charms of a mysterious but beautiful young woman, he realizes that somewhere within Oxford's private chambers lurks a brutal killer. . .

Publisher: Random House 2010/02
ISBN: 9780143172468
Branch Call Number: ON ORDER


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Oct 31, 2015

a pretty good mystery. I like "period pieces" because I find it interesting to read about other times. The violence between religions is always so tragic and a sorriful comment on humanity because of those differences. We're still seeing that intolerance today.

Apr 01, 2015

I liked it enough that I will end up reading the next one sometime.
I found that there were just too many unlikeable characters and too many fanatics for me to enjoy it more.

Jul 08, 2014

A really fun read! Historical Fiction with a mystery twist! I loved it!

samdog123 Sep 17, 2012

An interesting historical thriller. Giordano Bruno, an ex-italian monk, works undercover for Sir Francis Walsingham, spymaster for Queen Elizabeth I. Bruno is sent to Oxford to seek out an underground Catholic network. Murders begin to happen, all tied into those following the Catholic religion, outlawed in England at the time. Interesting to see how religion and politics were so tied up together.

bookfanatic1979 Jul 12, 2012

I’ve read so much about Elizabethan England that yet another squabble between the Protestants and the Catholics just didn’t appeal. It’s a pity, because this is a very well-done, well researched book. If I’d come across this series at an earlier time in my life I probably would have devoured it. I read the blurb for the next in the series and had absolutely zero interest in it. Moving on.

Feb 14, 2012

One of the best books, I have read many years - a page turner.

Jul 19, 2011

Finally, a book that I can say that I was genuinely intrigued by! I started this book believing it to be about the war between science and faith, but it turns out that it is faith versus faith. Still, the question of whodunit brings Bruno (and the reader) on a thrilling chase to an unexpected conclusion (at least for me). It brings about the question, what is right and wrong? Who can answer that with certainty? Is the truth sometimes better left unsaid?

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