MEET RICHARD FITZWARREN – AN ANTI-HERO WITH A DUBIOUS PAST, QUESTIONABLE MORALS BUT UNSWERVING LOYALTIES
As Tudor England erupts following the death of Edward VI,
can one young spy protect his Queen?
International bestselling author, Sam Burnell, takes us deep into the treacherous world of powerful monarchs, intrigue, murder and treason with this magnificent new epic
In 1553, England is torn apart by religious conflict. Power shifts precariously between Catholics and Protestants, royalty and commoners clash, testing friendship, loyalty and brotherly love.
Richard Fitzwarren, caught in the middle of a cruel family feud, wants nothing more than to make his own way in the world. A childhood friend of the Princess Elizabeth, he cannot forget his loyalty in her time of need. Pressured by her sister Mary, Elizabeth’s continued existence remains precarious throughout her reign. The divide between Catholic Mary and Anne Boleyn’s Protestant daughter Elizabeth is a deep one.
Based on actual historical events, A Queen’s Spy is a gripping historical fiction adventure set in 16th-century Tudor England – an epic tale of a young Tudor nobleman’s courage as he tries to keep the future Queen Elizabeth I safe in one of Britain’s most turbulent eras. As a young man, Richard had been attached to Thomas Seymour’s household, working with Seymour’s spy and intelligence network. Seymour married Henry VIII’s widow, Katherine Parr. Through his wife, he became the guardian of the young Elizabeth Tudor.
Banished from his father’s house for crimes he didn’t commit, Richard learned his trade well in France, returning to England a self-styled Tudor soldier-of-fortune, who sells his services and those of his mercenary band to the highest bidder.
Now he’s back in Tudor England, his bastard sibling at his side and a band of mercenaries at his back. Despite selling his services to support Northumberland place Lady Jane Grey on the throne, he remains loyal to the lady Elizabeth; soon he is embroiled in Tudor intrigue as he tries to keep the Lady safe.
Start a spell-binding journey into Renaissance Europe in A Queen’s Spy, the first volume of an epic British Historical Fiction Tudor series – The Tudor Mystery Trials, an alternate history account of a tumultuous era in English history that is rife with murder, mystery, intrigue, and historical romance.
“I recommend you take to the wine cellar (or your quiet spot,) select a bottle of vintage wine, lock the door and read this Five Star book without interruptions.” – Grouch
About the Author
Sam Burnell lives in the North East of England and has had a passion for history and archaeology all her adult life. Originally trained as a Solicitor, while studying Law at Durham University she enjoyed a sideline in legal history. Various jobs followed, including researcher for a local museum, public sector audit work and finally running her own successful scuba diving business both on-line and in a bricks and mortar store.
During a career break a return to University was possible where she studied Archaeology, and Sam is never happier than when she is stood in a castle wondering what when and why, and trying to unlock the secrets in the stones.
“Samantha Burnell tells a good story and creates fascinating characters and settings with impressive historical detail. Her writing is truly special, with memorable lines like: “Fate is the excuse of the uninventive, the unimaginative, and the ignorant. I had no idea you are all three!”” – DE Meier