|Publication Date: 19 Sep 2019|
|Publisher: Marylebone House|
|Page Count: 352|
|Author: Derek Wilson|
|ISBN-13: 9781910674529, 9781910674536|
The Cromwell Enigma
What Bourbon discovers from members of Cromwell’s family, his protégés and his enemies sets him on a quest for the real man behind all the competing versions on offer. What emerges is a ‘biography in reverse’ which takes Bourbon to various English locations, thence to the Antwerp business community, on to Florence, Rome and Venice and, finally, back to London and Putney, where Cromwell’s remarkable career began.
Gradually, it is revealed not only how Cromwell became a remarkably astute businessman and student of politics, but also how he was won over to evangelical Christianity, possessing a profound loathing of Rome and all its works. Bourbon meets several of the people who influenced the young Cromwell and who can describe some of the scrapes he was prone to getting into. Yet always there remains for the inquisitive Frenchman an irritating dark area in his subject’s life, a skeleton in a closet to which he can find no key – until the last page of the novel.
[On THE THOMAS TEVIOT SERIES] Derek Wilson is a fine historian – and he can also tell a gripping story. This is historical fiction at its best, effortlessly underpinned by a wealth of research by a writer whose understanding of the period is profound.
Going one better than the C. J. Sansom’s Shardlake series and penned with the force of a Robert Harris narrative, D. K. Wilson’s Devil’s Chalice is the 3rd historical novel with the charming and adventurous Goldsmith Thomas Treviot and his household of characters as they unravel royal plots and sedition in Tudor London. This historical thriller pushes all the right buttons and gallops through the fall of 1549 intrigue towards a ‘courtroom drama’ finale in the King’s Privy Council. A great read!
Perfectly balances fact and fiction
A must-read for anyone who enjoys historical thrillers like those of C.J. Sansom
[On TRIPLETREE, Constable, 2003] Well constructed, bags of atmosphere and an exciting denouement to keep you on the edge of your seat
[On THE ENGLISH REFORMATION (Robinson, 2012)] Masterly. [Wilson] has a deep understanding of . . . characters, reaching out across the centuries.
[On A BRIEF HISTORY OF HENRY VIII (Constable, 2009)] This masterful biography breaks new ground in its portrayal of a monarch who, perhaps, more than any other, changed the course of our history.
[On FRANCIS WALSINGHAM (Constable, 2007)] Walsingham, Elizabeth’s spy master, and a great admirer of Machiavelli, is widely recognised as the Father of modern intelligence . . . Derek Wilson throws fresh light on this somewhat enigmatic figure, bringing the polished courtier and spymaster to vivid life.
[On OUT OF THE STORM – THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF MARTIN LUTHER (Hutchinson, 2007)] Scores highly in thoroughness, clarity and human sympathy.