Renowned historical novelist G. P. R. James usually set his stories in distant lands and times far past. He deviates from this formula somewhat in the action-adventure tale The Smuggler, which centers around a nefarious criminal plot in eighteenth-century Kent in southeast England.
In the late sixteenth century, France was rent asunder by sectarian squabbles as the Catholic establishment fought desperately to retain control and forestall the encroaching influence of Protestant upstarts. This conflict serves as the backdrop for the gripping historical novel Henry of Guise from one of the acknowledged masters of the genre, British writer G. P. R. James.
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