And with heresy and religious unrest simmering beneath the surface of a country on the brink, Radcliff is under pressure to get results.Then two brutal and seemingly motiveless killings point alert Radcliff to the whisper of a new plot against the queen. Christopher Radcliff must find out before it's too late .
'A fantastic tale of spies, deceit and murder in the Elizabethan age' S. D. Sykes
England in 1572 is a powder keg of rumour, fanaticism, treachery and dissent. All it would take is a single spark . . .
In the England of Elizabeth I, the fear of plague and invasion, and the threat of insurrection are constant. As the Earl of Leicester's chief intelligencer, lawyer Dr Christopher Radcliff is tasked with investigating rumours of treachery at home and the papist threat from abroad. And with heresy and religious unrest simmering beneath the surface of a country on the brink, Radcliff is under pressure to get results.
Then two brutal and seemingly motiveless killings point alert Radcliff to the whisper of a new plot against the queen. There are few clues, and all he and his network of agents have to go on is a single word- incendium. But what does it mean - and who lies behind it? Christopher Radcliff must find out before it's too late . . .
(Please note- The Incendium Plot was first published in hardback as Incendium)
Gripped by fear . . . It is 1572 and in Elizabeth I's England fear of heresy and insurrection, and of plague and invasion is constant, Surrounded by enemies . . . Lawyer Christopher Radcliff is the Earl of Leicester's chief intelligencer. His task is to seek out treachery at home and the ever-present papist threat from abroad - and he is under pressure to get results. With a fanatic on the loose . . . Then two brutal, seemingly motiveless killings alert Radcliff to a new plot against the queen. All he has to go on is a single word: Incendium . Whatever it means and whoever is behind it, it has the power to tear the nation apart. The fuse has been lit and time is running out . . .
Andrew Swanston read law at Cambridge, but was inspired to write by his lifelong interest in early modern history. His Thomas Hill novels - The King's Spy, The King's Exile and The King's Return - are set against the backdrops of the English Civil War, Cromwell's Commonwealth and the early Restoration respectively. He is also the author of Waterloo- The Bravest Man and Beautiful Star and Other Stories. His first historical thriller set during the reign of Elizabeth I - Incendium (published in paperback as The Incendium Plot) - introduced readers to the academic, lawyer and intelligencer Dr Christopher Radcliff, whose adventures continue in Chaos. Andrew Swanston lives in Surrey.
Beautifully done. All the sights, sounds and smells of Elizabethan England are there, along with an intriguing range of characters . . . Radcliff is clearly destined to appear in future books, and I think he's likely to gain some loyal fans HISTORICAL NOVELS REVIEW Radcliff is a wonderful character, resourceful and intelligent . . . perfectly combines history and fiction . . . I loved every page -- Kate Atherton FOR WINTER NIGHTS Swanston clearly knows the period well and Radcliff is an engaging hero -- Antonia Senior THE TIMES Lawyer Christopher Radcliff is an erudite outsider with an unusual past, who turns state spy in this colourful and gripping historical novel. i-NEWSPAPER A fantastic tale of spies, deceit and murder in the Elizabethan age -- S. D. SYKES
"A fantastic tale of spies, deceit and murder in the Elizabethan age"
"Swanston clearly knows the period well and Radcliff is an engaging hero" - Antonia Senior - THE TIMES
For readers of C J Sansom and S J Parris, and fans of the BBC drama 'Gunpowder' starring 'Game of Thrones' Kit Harrington - The Incendium Plot is a tense historical thriller set against a backdrop of treason and terror in Elizabethan England . . .
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