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A Sundial in a Grave: 1610: A Novel (original 2003; edition 2005)
by Mary Gentle
1610: A Sundial In A Grave by Mary Gentle (2003)
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Thus begins a sweeping historical adventure about two dueling swordsmen and the plot to kill a king in the grand tradition of Dorothy Dunnett and Alexander Dumas.
The year is 1610. Continental Europe is briefly at peace after years of war, but Henri IV of France is planning to invade the German principalities. In England, only five years earlier, conspirators nearly succeeded in blowing up King James I and his Parliament. The seeds of the English Civil War and the Thirty Years War are visibly being sown, and the possibility for both enlightenment and disaster abounds.
But Valentin Rochefort, duelist and spy for France's powerful financial minister, could not care less. Until he is drawn into the glittering palaces, bawdy back streets, and stunning theatrics of Renaissance France and Shakespearean London in a deadly plot both to kill King James I and to save him. For this swordsman without a conscience is about to find himself caught between loyalty, love, and blackmail, between kings, queens, politicians, and Rosicrucians -- and the woman he has, unknowingly, crossed land and sea to meet.
(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:07:59 -0400)
Four centuries ago, Robert Fludd, English physician and astrologer, decides to alter the future centuries that he sees. 1610 is the year when everything would change. Continental Europe is briefly at peace - but Henri IV is planning to invade the German principalities, and the seeds of the English Civil War and the Thirty Years War are visibly being sown. Robert Fludd is pulling the strings but his target, Valentin Rochefort, doesn't take kindly to being someone's puppet--
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