Another thriller mystery set in the Elizabethan era, with a wonderful undertone of the religious turmoil experienced in the time. Written by an historian, Sacred Treason is the first book of the trilogy focussing on the exploits of Mr William Harley, Her Majesty’s Clarenceux King of Arms, when confronted with a mystery that needs to be solved while avoiding the vagaries of Sir William Cecil and Francis Walsingham’s attempts to stop him.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, which I had read before without having the two subsequent novels to read, and was once again transported to a time in English history that has always held some fascination for me, largely I suspect because of the religious turmoil that were prevalent before, during and after the reign of Queen Elizabeth.
I cannot but admire the way in which the author, himself an accomplished historian, has taken historical facts and created a fiction to around them in a manner that draws this reader into the tale while also ensuring I learnt something of the history along the way. Given my experience with other historians-turned-fiction-authors I am beginning to wonder if historians are, of their nature, true story tellers who are capable of telling both historical ‘truth’ and a good tale as well.
Well worth a read.