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    DescriptionReligious strife, Glastonbury legends, the bones of King Arthur and the curse of the Tudors...can Renaissance man John Dee help the young Queen Elizabeth to avoid it? It is 1560. Elizabeth Tudor has been on the throne for a year, the date for her coronation having been chosen by her astrologer, Dr John Dee, at just 32 already famous throughout Europe as a mathematician and expert in the hidden arts. But neither Elizabeth nor Dee feel entirely secure. Both have known imprisonment for political reasons. The Queen is unpopular with both Roman Catholics and the new breed of puritanical protestant. Dee is regarded with suspicion in an era where the dividing line between science and sorcery is, at best, indistinct. And the assignment he's been given by the Queen's chief minister, Sir William Cecil, will blur it further: ride to the ruins of Glastonbury Abbey, bring back King Arthur's bones. The mission takes the mild, bookish Dee to the tangled roots of English magic and the Arthurian legacy so important to the Tudors. Into unexpected violence, spiritual darkness, the breathless stirring of first love...and the cold heart of a complex plot against Elizabeth. With him is his friend and former student, Robert Dudley, a risk-taker, a wild card...and possibly the Queen's secret lover. Dee is Elizabethan England's forgotten hero. A man for whom this world - even the rapidly-expanding world of the Renaissance - was never enough.


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    Title
    The Bones of Avalon
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Phil Rickman
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 480
    Width: 164 mm
    Height: 240 mm
    Thickness: 42 mm
    Weight: 739 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781848872707
    ISBN 10: 1848872704
    Classifications

    DC22: 823.914
    BIC subject category V2: FF
    BIC E4L: CRI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F2.1
    BISAC V2.8: FIC050000, FIC022000
    Illustrations note
    Illustrations, map
    Publisher
    ATLANTIC BOOKS
    Imprint name
    ATLANTIC BOOKS
    Publication date
    01 April 2010
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Phil Rickman lives on the Welsh border where he writes and presents the book programme Phil the Shelf on BBC Radio Wales. He is the author of ten Merrily Watkins Mysteries.
    Review quote
    "* 'Rickman is an excellent writer, terrific on atmosphere' - The Times * 'We don't praise our home-grown thriller writers enough, it's high time we praised Phil Rickman' - Daily Mail"