Prophecy, by SJ Parris

Autumn, 1583. The skies above England harbour dark omens…

An astrological phenomenon heralds the dawn of a new age and Queen Elizabeth’s throne is in peril. As Mary Stuart’s supporters scheme to usurp the rightful monarch, a young maid of honour is murdered, occult symbols carved into her flesh.

The Queen’s spymaster, Francis Walsingham, calls on maverick agent Giordano Bruno to infiltrate the plotters and secure the evidence that will condemn them to death.

Bruno is cunning, but so are his enemies. His identity could be exposed at any moment. The proof he seeks is within his grasp. But the young woman’s murder could point to an even more sinister truth…

Prophecy Quick Read

This Quick Read has been produced with History in an Hour to give an introduction to Elizabethan London that is quick and easy to read. You can read it or download a version you can print out here.

About the Author

Rupert Colley was a librarian in Enfield for 22 years until he gave it up to be a full time writer in 2011. Having studied history he launched a series of short books called History In An Hour, “history for busy people”. There are now 35 books published by HarperCollins.

Rupert lives in London with his wife, two children and dog (a fluffy cockapoo) and writes historical novels. Historical fiction with heart.

About SJ Parris

In 2008 Stephanie decided to combine two of her literary passions, history and crime, and started writing Heresy (HarperCollins), the first in her series of historical thrillers under the pen-name S.J.Parris, featuring the 16th century heretic philosopher and spy Giordano Bruno. It was published in 2010 and was followed by Prophecy, Sacrilege, Treachery and Conspiracy, and a novella, The Secret Dead. The books have been Top 10 bestsellers in the UK and Canada; Heresy was a New York Times bestseller in the US, and the series has sold into 20 countries including Turkey, China and Brazil. Heresy, Sacrilege and Treachery were all shortlisted for the CWA’s Historical Dagger Award.

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