Rogues' Gold

Rogues' Gold

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This is a mystery adventure story full of drama, death, intrigue and scandal, with colourful characters and an authentic historical setting. When boy actor Ben Button's fellow players are accused of stealing the priceless Lodovico plate, he sets out to save them from the shadow of the hangman's noose. Who really stole the plate, what secret does it hide and how can Ben reveal the truth? This thrilling romp across the Elizabethan English countryside, populated by bejewelled nobility, ragged beggars, thundering horsemen and secret spies, has a charm that's impossible to resist.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 130 x 198 x 17mm | 216g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1 map
  • 074607879X
  • 9780746078792
  • 873,708

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Boy actor Ben Button sets out to save his fellow players from the shadow of the hangman's noose in a mystery adventure story that will entice readers with its colourful characters and authentic historical setting. With the Tudors being a focus of the KS2 history curriculum it is always a pleasure to find stories which provide good solid historical facts whilst maintaining their integrity as a well written piece of fiction. This story is a rip-roaring adventure story with the young hero very much the centre of events. Whilst visiting Bowford Manor he and the rest of the 'Players' that he belongs to are caught up in the remnants of the plot to kill Elizabeth I and replace her with Mary, Queen of Scots; even though this is set well after the execution of Mary. The author has managed to blend the adventure with a feeling of accuracy in his background and particularly in the differentiation between the rich and poor; he is a worthy successor to the likes of Cynthia Harnett and Rosemary Sutcliff who were so central to my own love of history. * *
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About John Pilkington

John worked at various jobs - in a research laboratory, on a farm, and as a rock guitarist - before realizing he wanted to write. He took a degree in Drama and English, acted and directed in a theatre company touring schools, and then began his professional writing career with radio plays in the 1980s. He has since written plays for the theatre and television scripts for the BBC. He is also the author of a series of historical crime novels, and a non-fiction book, A Survival Guide for Writers. The Elizabethan Mysteries series follows the same loveable character, adventurous apprentice Ben Button, and his fellow players.
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