Take a trip back in time to the rule of the first Stuart king with this comprehensively researched Gothic thriller. Against the backdrop of James I's reign, the tale that unfolds is packed with mistaken identities, plots and counter-plots, attempted murder, and legal intrigue.
In this sprawling historical epic, the aristocratic Rookwood clan has fallen upon hard times. When the title to the ancestral estate is set to change hands, some members of the family take it upon themselves to influence the outcome of the situation -- but their meddling has some unintended consequences.
Originally constructed in the 11th century, Windsor Castle is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful -- and architecturally significant -- royal residences ever built. It serves as a fitting backdrop for William Harrison Ainsworth's retelling of the passionate love affair between King Henry VIII and the infamous lady-in-waiting-turned-short-lived-queen, Anne Boleyn.
This early work by William H. Ainsworth was originally published in 1841 and we are now republishing it with a brand new introductory biography. A historical classic set amongst the political and religious turmoil of the early 17th century. A new King is on the Throne of England and some see his reign as a threat to everything they hold dear. This sets in motion one of the most famous plots in history, The Gunpowder Plot.
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