I received a free copy of The Final Sacrament from Sourcebooks for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation for this post.
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James Forrester (www.jamesforrester.co.uk) is the pen name of prominent British historian Ian Mortimer, author of bestselling nonfiction works like The Time Traveler’s Guide to Medieval England. Sacred Treason combines betrayal and romance with accurate historical detail, bringing to life the sights, sounds, thoughts, and fears of sixteenth-century London.
The Final Sacrament is the concluding volume in the Clarenceux Trilogy. All three books have been engaging and thought provoking. All are built upon the premise that a copy of a marriage certificate exists for Anne Boleyn and Henry Percy and its revelation would prove Elizabeth I illegitimate and put a Catholic monarch on the throne of England. The keeping of this document has fallen to William Harley, Clarenceux King of Arms – a lifelong Catholic, but a man loyal to the throne. Not that William Cecil completely believes that.
William’s house is being watched day and night by Walsingham for Cecil and by a group of murderous woman for Lady Percy who is going mad with her desire for revenge against Anne Boleyn. She wants that certificate and will stop at nothing to get it. What she does not count on is William Harley.
This book, like the first two takes some serious liberties with history but the story is so good you really don’t care. It’s more of a character study than it is a retelling of late Tudor times. There is much to be considered on the nature of religion, loyalty, life, love and betrayal and how to live a life worth living. Mr. Forrester does an excellent job with creating mood and taking you into the minds of the characters – both those that existed and those he created. You are left thinking about what you would have done in similar situations. It was a very difficult book to put down and I must admit to a couple of very late nights reading. I’m very sorry to see the end of this particular journey into the reign of Elizabeth I.
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Disclosure: I received a free copy of The Final Sacrament from Sourcebooks for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation for this post.