The Queen's Man

The Queen s Man England is a viper s nest of conspiracy It is and the conflict between Protestants and Catholics threatens to tear the country in two While Queen Elizabeth I holds the reins of power there are

  • Title: The Queen's Man
  • Author: Rory Clements
  • ISBN: 9780062301956
  • Page: 350
  • Format: ebook
  • England is a viper s nest of conspiracy.It is 1582, and the conflict between Protestants and Catholics threatens to tear the country in two While Queen Elizabeth I holds the reins of power, there are those whose loyalty lies with her imprisoned cousin Mary, Queen of Scots.On his first major mission for Sir Francis Walsingham, the young John Shakespeare is ordered to untanEngland is a viper s nest of conspiracy.It is 1582, and the conflict between Protestants and Catholics threatens to tear the country in two While Queen Elizabeth I holds the reins of power, there are those whose loyalty lies with her imprisoned cousin Mary, Queen of Scots.On his first major mission for Sir Francis Walsingham, the young John Shakespeare is ordered to untangle a conspiracy to free the Stuart queen from Sheffield Castle All too soon, he realizes that the tentacles of the plot reach deep into his native Warwickshire and threaten his own friends and family His duty lies with Elizabeth but how far will he go to protect those he loves

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    1. Rory Clements

      Rory Clements has had a long and successful newspaper career, including being features editor and associate editor of Today, editor of the Daily Mail s Good Health Pages, and editor of the health section at the Evening Standard He now writes full time in an idyllic corner of Norfolk, England.

    313 thoughts on “The Queen's Man”

    1. If you enjoy historical fiction and a good mystery, you need to check out the John Shakespeare series by Rory Clements. There are five books in the John Shakespeare series of Elizabethan mysteries: MARTYR, shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey Award, REVENGER, winner of the 2010 CWA Ellis Peters Historical Fiction Award, PRINCE, shortlisted for the 2011 Ellis Peters Historical Fiction Award, TRAITOR and THE HERETICS. A TV series based on the books is currently in development.The Queens ManThe new [...]


    2. Un misterio histórico muy bien retratado. Reseña en Torre de Babel:La rivalidad religiosa ha clavado unas uñas profundas en el reino de Inglaterra. Por un lado, los católicos luchan por preservar la fe mientras conspiran por liberar a su reina, María Estuardo, quien languidece en una prisión. Al otro lado del tablero de ajedrez político, Isabel gobierna con el celo de aliados como Walsingham, su fiel secretario de estado. Él se encarga de contratar a John Shakespeare. Su misión: hallar [...]


    3. Another good read in what is fast becoming one of my favorite historical mystery series. This one provides the back story for John Shakespeare, the hero. He is you-know-who's older brother, and in this particular outing, Will and his fiancee Anne Hathaway play major roles. As usual, Clements provides action along with the mystery --- as well as an interesting look into life in 1582 England. The plot centers around a conspiracy to free Mary Queen of Scots and the clash between Protestants such as [...]


    4. This was a great read, action packed, wonderful plot and the usual cast of characters including Shakespeare and Boltfoot, Walsingham and the Queen, or in this case, Dudley. It involves a plot revolving around Mary, Queen of Scots but illustrates the real religious conflicts of the time. Shakespeare and Boltfoot are very busy solving the problems they get bogged down in, and it was never slow or dull. A very good addition to the series


    5. Bereft at finishing the CJ Sansom Shardlake books, I was recommended this series and also that I start with this one, as although the 6th to be written it is chronologically the first story featuring John Shakespeare (fictional older brother of) John has a new job as an agent for Sir Francis Walsingham and he is tasked with foiling an attempt to free the imprisoned Mary Queen of Scots. Things get tricky for him when he finds that there is apparently a nest of Catholic conspirators in his home to [...]


    6. This is the 6th book, in the "John Shakespeare" series, and I found it fascinating that this was his "origin" story. This recounts his selection, by Sir Francis Walsingham, as an intelligencer in Queen Elizabeth I's court. This series is some of the best historical fiction I've read, and I've had some difficulty finding copies. I've missed "The Heretics", which was the previous novel in the series. Clements, who has had a long, successful career in newspapers, is obviously a huge history buff. H [...]


    7. It is now 1582 and Sir Francis Walsingham has been training John Shakespeare to be his apprentice. So now he has been sent to Sheffield to assess the fortification of the castle holding the Queen of Scots, and then proceed to Warwickshire, his home county to investigate the situation of the secret Catholics.A very enjoyable mystery, I liked most of the characters and look forward to reading the next in the series.


    8. All of these are good, but very very grim. How could they not be, dealing as they do with England’s home-grown inquisition run by the Protestants against the Catholics during Elizabeth’s reign. I’m glad I have read them all and can stop now.


    9. Probably 3.5, I'm not sure about this book, the story was interesting, but I started to lose the convolutions of the plot at times, think the bonus short story was probably better, didn't have room to be too complex.


    10. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will be on the lookout for more from this author. I love a good medieval mystery and that's exactly what I got here.


    11. Robbie’s Review4.5/5 StarsWritten against the backdrop of Elizabethan England with its power struggles, religious intolerance and endless plotting Rory Clements offers a plausible story which weaves the lives of fictional characters with authentic historical people and events. History buffs will definitely appreciate the author’s very creative look at this period of history.Mary, Queen of Scots, is being held prisoner near John Shakespeare’s hometown of Stratford. Although her prison is a [...]


    12. "Many folk do not understand grief. They think you need company. But we must all face our grief alone, as we must face our own death alone. The presence of another person does not alter that." - Audrey Angel, Pg. 170-171Knowledge is everything. - Pg. 473


    13. So, as good as my word, I gave the author another chance having been somewhat luke-warm about Martyr, the first Joh Shakespeare book. I decided to read the sixth book second - stick with me on this - as it is actually about John's very early career with Walsingham. I think I'm glad I made this decision as I am slightly better disposed to him now. He's still a bit too naive for me - he does fall into some blindingly obvious traps - but at least I can see that he is trying to do the right thing. A [...]


    14. While this is the sixth book in the John Shakespeare series, it is actually a prequel. Set in the year 1583 (mainly) in a brief prologue, the reader learns how Sir Francis Walsingham happened upon the bright and ethical would-be lawyer, and older brother of the playwright, Will, John Shakespeare, and inculcates him into his formidable spy network, just as the threat of Papists In England and Spain’s intentions towards their Protestant enemy, England, is growing. Shakespeare’s very first task [...]


    15. John Shakespeare is one of those "queen and country before all else kind of guys." John has a handler of sorts which is Sir Francis Walsingham, who asks John to investigate where treason may lie within the lives of those in his hometown and in the process to put his life and the lives of those he loves on the line. John as I mentioned is very loyal and patriotic so he finds none of Sir Walsingham's expectations as a little to much to ask of one man. Even if by the end he is a little disgusted by [...]


    16. “The Queen’s man” is the 6th book in the John Shakespeare thriller series. However, instead of continuing from where “The Heretics” (the 5th book) left off we are whisked back to 1582 when John Shakespeare is young lawyer and is enticed away from a legal career into the secret service of spy master to Queen Elizabeth I, Sir Francis Walsingham. The first mission of Walsingham’s latest recruit will take him into the heart of the murky world of Catholic conspirators and plots to free Qu [...]


    17. John Shakespeare is William’s older brother, and it was a joy entering the Elizabethan era from his perspective. In the interest of full disclosure, I should tell you that I am a huge fan of all British history, and the saga of Queen Elizabeth and her cousin, Mary Queen of Scots, is among my favorite events. So when John is sent to Sheffield to see if there is any truth to the rumor that Mary's supporters are trying to help her escape her castle prison, I was hooked from the get-go.The book is [...]


    18. This is the 6th outing of Rory Clements intelligencer John Shakespeare and for me he is back to his sizzling best,after four cracking outings i found that Heretices was a little bit flat and lost his direction,so i was looking for a return to form with the Queen`s Man and i am glad to report he is back on track with this cracking plot full of twists and turns right up to the last page.The Queen`s Man takes us back and introduces us to John Shakespeare as a young intelligencer on his first major [...]


    19. "The Beginning" indeed it is. All the familiar pieces are put together in this straightforward tale of modern espionage set in Tudor times; double dealing, agent provocateurs the full Monte. John Shakespeare has been tasked with the examination of the conditions in which Mary Queen of Scots is being held at Sheffield Castle, but also to look into the potential Catholic troublemakers and traitors of Warwickshire - people he knows well, including his own family. The events in Sheffield are very fa [...]


    20. The latest in Rory Clements' John Shakespeare series doesn't disappoint. If you like CJ Sansom's Shardlake or SJ Parris's Giordano Bruno you will like this. Set against the backdrop of the period of Elizabeth the First's reign when conspiracies spiralled around Mary Queen of Scots, at that time imprisoned in Sheffield Castle, the book introduces us to John Shakespeare when he first started to work for Walsingham, i.e. it pre-dates chronologically the earlier books in the series. (Seems to be a f [...]


    21. I always look forward to a new Rory Clements novel with lots of anticipation. This sixth installment of the John Shakespeare series was well worth the wait. Sixteenth century England, particularly the Tudor dynasties, is rich with all manner of powerful and interesting history. Clements has the ability to interweave a substantial amount of fiction to the real events of the day in a most believable manner. He paints many of the novel's secondary characters true to their historical accuracy. The m [...]


    22. Another engaging story from Rory Clements, with a retrospective trip into the beginnings of John Shakespeare's career as a spy, with his new hired hand Boltfoot Cooper. Set in the town where he grew up, and immortalised by his brother, Will, the story is centred upon a Catholic conspiracy to free Mary, Queen of scots, but serves to fill faithful readers in on some of John and Topcliff's early history, as well as giving us an insight into the sacrifices and choices John made in order to become th [...]


    23. Fabulous! A prequel of sorts to the series this one taking place at the beginning of John's service to Walsingham when Queen Mary was imprisoned. I especially liked some of the historical humour: e.g a Hamnet attends Will Shakespeare's marriage to Ann Hathaway Hamnet in real life was William Shakespeare's brother. It is little details like this that make these books so much fun and so very wonderful.


    24. I returned this book after reading first chapter. It had been a while since I read others from this series I thought I had enjoyedd in between I have read the P F Chisholm/Patricia Finney series including Shakespeare, and her writing is so superior I have abandoned the Clements series and hope my memory holds this time re which author I prefer!


    25. Sixth book in the series. Better than the last (The Heretics), it takes John Shakespeare (somewhat reluctantly) back to his hometown, to investigate old family/friends. If you like C.J. Sansom's Matthew Shardlake or S.J. Parris' Giordano Bruno, you will like this series, as well - they are very similar.


    26. Another story filled with twisted knots of intrigue, unhappy and unethical statecraft, treason, and divided families carry on Rory Clements' series featuring intelligencer John Shakespeare. Enjoyable for the craft, though dealing with tough subjects that remain relevant today - faith as justification for persecution, who has the right (divine or otherwise) to rule, and the use of torture.


    27. I hadn't read any others in this series, but I gather that's okay because Clements has gone back to the beginning with this one. It's certainly a good read, with suitably colourful, real-life characters.


    28. If this was my first Shakespeare novel I might have loved it. Now I don't. I have no idea why the author made this strange jump in time, but I know that I didn't enjoy it. Maybe I will finish this later but I doubt it.


    29. Rory Clement's John Shakespeare series just keeps getting better and better. This time a couple of conspiracies to free or murder the incarcerated Mary Queen of Scots. I can't think of any better historical fiction page turners in recent years. Highly recommended.


    30. Slow to grab me, this one, but it hooked me about a quarter of the way in and afterwards I didn't want to put it down. The short-story included within the book was much quicker to attract and keep my attention.


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