The Earl in Black Armor

The Earl in Black Armor

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Love, loyalty, betrayal, and murder in the reign of King Charles I

IRELAND, 1635: When the clan leader sends Faolán Burke to Dublin to spy on Thomas Wentworth, the ruthless Lord Deputy of Ireland, the future of his centuries-old clan rests upon his shoulders. Wentworth is plotting to acquire clan lands of Connacht for an English Protestant plantation, displacing Irish families. To stop him, Faolán must discover misdeeds that could force King Charles to recall Wentworth to England.

Leaving his young daughter Elvy in the care of his best friend Aengus, Faolán works as a porter in Dublin Castle, and aligns with the wise and alluring Denisa, Wentworth's personal assistant. She, too, spies on Wentworth, but for very personal reasons.

While gathering evidence, Faolán is torn between hating Wentworth, and yet admiring his prosecution of pirates and corrupt nobles who prey on Irish merchants. Supremely arrogant and cruel to his enemies, Wentworth shows loyalty, warmth and compassion for family, friends and a few select others.

A common mission takes Faolán and Denisa from Dublin to London and Hampton Court; to York and Scotland; and to the highest levels of court intrigue and power. But secrets, fears, war and betrayal threaten their love--and even their lives. And as Wentworth's power grows, so grow the deadly plans of his most treacherous and driven enemies.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 442 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 25mm | 744g
  • English
  • 1733592806
  • 9781733592802

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I have never before understood history to such an extent. It didn't hurt a bit. I could not put this book down because the characters kept me totally engaged. The reader does not travel back in history. Rather, they find themselves walking about in the 1630's, experiencing all the sights and sounds from the magnificent landscapes to hunting for food, fighting to survive the elements and the relentless war waged against their land and their lives. The characters are strong, fearless, loyal or disloyal, and capable of great love or hate.

-- Lynne Noble, advance copy reviewer, Florida
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