The Roots of Betrayal

The Roots of Betrayal Catholic herald William Harley Clarenceaux King of Arms is the custodian of a highly dangerous document When it is stolen Clarenceaux immediately suspects a group of Catholic sympathisers the

  • Title: The Roots of Betrayal
  • Author: James Forrester
  • ISBN: 9780755356041
  • Page: 314
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1564 Catholic herald William Harley, Clarenceaux King of Arms, is the custodian of a highly dangerous document When it is stolen, Clarenceaux immediately suspects a group of Catholic sympathisers, the self styled Knights of the Round Table Francis Walsingham, the ruthless prot g of the queen s Principal Secretary, Sir William Cecil, intercepts a coded message from the1564 Catholic herald William Harley, Clarenceaux King of Arms, is the custodian of a highly dangerous document When it is stolen, Clarenceaux immediately suspects a group of Catholic sympathisers, the self styled Knights of the Round Table Francis Walsingham, the ruthless prot g of the queen s Principal Secretary, Sir William Cecil, intercepts a coded message from the Knights to a Countess known to have Catholic leanings He is convinced that Clarenceaux is trying to use the document to advance the cause of the Catholic Queen And soon Clarenceaux enters a nightmare of suspicion, deception and conspiracy Conflict and fear, compounded by the religious doubts of the time, conceal a persistent mystery Where has the document gone Who has it and who really took it And why The roots of betrayal are deep and shocking and Clarenceaux s journey towards the truth entails not just the discovery of clues and signs, but also the discovery of himself.

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    1. This is the second in a trilogy of novels featuring William Harley, Clarenceux King of Arms. At the end of the first book, “Sacred Treason”, Clarenceux found himself in possession of a document which could destroy the reign of Elizabeth I. Charged with protecting this document – a marriage agreement between Lord Percy and Anne Boleyn, which proves Elizabeth to be illegitimate with no right to the throne – by Lord Cecil, Clarenceux finds himself in a very difficult position. Walsingham st [...]

    2. I've really enjoyed reading both of James Forrester's Clarenceux books. They are well-crafted yarns, which rattled along at a good old pace. The added bonus is the historical accuracy, with so much of the plot coming back to following wherever the power and the money are. If you like historical fiction and are interested in the Tudors, then this is for you.

    3. I enjoyed reading the first book in this series, Sacred Treason (will post review soon), so I was looking forward to reading this second installment in the trilogy. At the start, I was a bit confused on the introductory chapter about pirates. Having prior knowledge of the plot from the first book, I was a bit thrown off by the pirates. It was interesting, mind you, but I just still was not getting how it will tie in to the plot.The first half of this book with the background chapters on the pira [...]

    4. I have been reading this series of books featuring the character Clarenceax, in chronological order, and so far have really enjoyed them but this latest one I found was a bit too bogged down as regards the overall story line and I got a bit fed up with the detail and confused as to who was betraying who, and who was a traitor and whose side the characters were on. Nevertheless I shall follow on and read the next in the series and the next if available, as I do overall enjoy them

    5. Another triumph from historian Ian Mortimer under his pen name James Forrester. Swashbuckling fast-paced action mixed with wonderful characters, moral dilemmas, surprising plot turns and rich historical background, plus great writing - what could be better? Going straight on to the next and last book in the series.

    6. Rip-roaring tale; historically compelling in depictions of Elizabethan England; attractive and interesting characters that pull you into the story. But ultimately, it falters on the believability of the incidents: the protagonist is stabbed through the hand and is fighting with a sword 3 days later; cut on the face, shoulder, without food for days, but swims for miles, runs for more and travels many miles on a fast horse. Pirate has a 3/4" pistol ball removed from his leg then jumps up and races [...]

    7. I picked this up because I enjoy historical book reads.d I was severely disappointed by this.This book seems to messy and all over the place. Nothing seems logical! I got very annoyed with EVERYONE in this book, from Cecil (hello this is the beloved Cecil that I love to read about in other historical fictions, but definitely NOT this!) to Clarenceaux to the pirate. The bulk of the book had a lot of information to wade through and didn't make it an easy read. I got lost a few times and was a litt [...]

    8. The second volume in the Clarenceaux series by James Forrester continues the story begun in his first book, Sacred Treason, picking up the tale just a few months after the conclusion of that volume. The intrigue, murder and mayhem surrounding the Clarenceaux King of Arms, William Harley, deepens in this volume, as he finds himself confronted with betrayal from unexpected sources.While a definite work of fiction - made clear by the author in his Author's Note - the general setting of the novel ha [...]

    9. Originally published at Reading Reality“The roots of betrayal lie in friendship; those of treason lie in loyalty.”This quote could easily sum up this second volume of the trials and tribulations of William Harley, the Clarenceaux King of Arms. When you read the line, it seems so obvious, as if it should be a common saying.Imagine my surprise to discover that the fiction author James Forrester was quoting himself (as historian Ian Mortimer) from his book The Greatest Traitor. It doesn’t mak [...]

    10. In The Roots of Betrayal, the sequel to James Forrester’s Sacred Treason, William Harley, Clarenceux King of Arms and known to most as Clarenceux, continues his struggles to keep himself and his family safe against the schemes of government swirling around England and to stay true to his Catholic faith. But will his hope to live a happy, simple and free life ever become a reality? Not anytime soon it seems!The Roots of Betrayal picks up six months after Sacred Treason and begins with Clarenceu [...]

    11. Title: The Roots of BetrayalSeries: Clarencaux Trilogy bk 2Author: James ForresterGenre: Historical Fiction1564: Catholic herald William Harley, Clarenceaux King of Arms, is the custodian of a highly dangerous document. When it is stolen, Clarenceaux immediately suspects a group of Catholic sympathisers, the self-styled Knights of the Round Table.Francis Walsingham, the ruthless protégé of the queen’s Principal Secretary, Sir William Cecil, intercepts a coded message from the Knights to a Co [...]

    12. It wasn't until I started this book did I realise that the characters were vaguely familiar; then it hit me that I had read the prequel. Thank goodness I did for I don't recommend anyone to read this before reading the prequel or the significance of what has gone on before and what will happen after will be lost. We open to Raw Carew taking over a ship, a charismatic outlaw pirate that will be the runaway hero of this book. We see him in all his ruthless glory in the prologue, meant to lay the f [...]

    13. 1564: Catholic herald William Harley, Clarenceux King of Arms, is the custodian of a highly dangerous document. When it is stolen, Clarenceux immediately suspects a group of Catholic sympathisers, the self-styled Knights of the Round Table. Francis Walsingham, the ruthless protégé of the queen's Principal Secretary, Sir William Cecil, intercepts a coded message from the Knights to a Countess known to have Catholic leanings. He is convinced that Clarenceux is trying to use the document to advan [...]

    14. William Harley, known as Clarenceux, is a worried man. It is 1564, and there are so many ways that a man can be accused of treason and lose his life. Clarenceux is a Herald of the Queen, someone who is charged with ascertaining the family history and lineage of various individuals. But he is also a Catholic, and that is a dangerous place to be in the court of Elizabeth.There is a document Clarenceux has been charged with keeping for safety. It could be used to declare Elizabeth illegitimate, and [...]

    15. 'In that one thing--hope--we are brothers'poignant words between Clarenceux and raw Carew, pirate extraordinaire, at their last moment together. Just prior to this Clarenceux declares the family motto he might adopt if so inclined,'In all our struggles, the last word is hope.' 1564, Southampton Waters: the calm before the storm. Captain Gray is in his cabin with a young girl, his men are dicing on deck, all quickly broken by the cry of 'Boarders--Boarders on deck!' The only warning before all he [...]

    16. With The Roots of Betrayal, James Forrester has once again delivered a thrilling historical fiction adventure. It’s been a hectic month with the end of the semester, but this book transported me to another world. It was hard to put it down and get some sleep!The Roots of Betrayal is the second novel in a trilogy about the William Harley, Clarenceux King of Arms. Clarenceux is a secret Catholic during a time that it was very dangerous to be a known Catholic. In the first novel, Clarenceux worke [...]

    17. I have never ready anything by this particular author. I am an avid fan and reader of Historical Fiction, the time of the Tudors and Elizabeth 1 in particular. Keeping this in mind I went into this book with a very open mind.The book started off a lot quicker than I expected it to. I know that sometimes an author needs to set things up for readers and build the story from the ground up and I believe the author did that here. It did not take nearly as long as it usually does and I was very please [...]

    18. Maybe I'm a bit slow on the uptake, but this book managed to discombobulate me right from the start. The action started off with a completely new character on a specific date, loads of violence and excitement, so far, so good. But then the action goes back in time to a character we have met in the previous book, Clarenceux, The difficulty for me was to somehow try to remember what was happening in the present, while waiting for the action to catch up with what the book had started out with, and [...]

    19. James Forrester did it again with The Roots of Betrayal, the second in a trilogy set in the 1570s in and around London. Unlike the first book in the series, Sacrad Treason, the action that takes place in this book goes to the seas, complete with a swashbuckling pirate (which I understand were somewhat common back then). The female lead from Sacrad Treason doesn't appear in this book until the end, so some readers didn't like this book as much as the first (they wanted the love story). Was the ma [...]

    20. Roots of Betrayal is the second book in a trilogy about a Catholic herald named William Clarenceux, also known as William Harley, however, it is not necessary to read the first book, titled Sacred Treason, in order to enjoy this novel. The story takes place in the 16th century known as the Elizabethan era. The protagonist, William, is a talented young man whose expertise is creating coats of arms, crests and mottos for the nobility. When one of Queen Elizabeth’s top advisors entrusts him with [...]

    21. The Roots of Betrayal is the second book of a trilogy surrounding a secret document that could bring down Queen Elizabeth I. William Harley, also known as Clarenceux is the current keeper of the document but someone he thought he could trust has stolen it and in this volume he travels long and far to get it back all the while learning about just whom he can count on.You do not have to have read the first book, Sacred Treason to enjoy this book. Any backstory is explained in the narrative in a sm [...]

    22. c2011: FWFTB: herald, coded, deception, conflict, Catholic. Damn it! This was a book that I was recommended but, unknown to me, a sequel to Sacred Treason which I have not read. I think, because of this, I just could not get into the main character so found his actions and thoughts a little 'odd'. The style of writing is excellent but just not enough to lure me on. I gave it a really good try but have a few more enticing books in my TBR pile. The earlier book got some rave reviews from the UK es [...]

    23. Review - This book is a smooth continuation from Sacred Treason and it gives more in depth information on the marriage crisis. But it also involves more complicated themes like betrayal, rather than just death and torture and fear and love. It puts a false storyline in a real situation; protecting a marriage certificate in order to save the monarchy. However, I don't think this book is as good as the previous one. I think that too much almost was given away in the first one, so there was a lot l [...]

    24. The Roots Of Betrayal follows on from Ian 'James Forrester' Mortimer's highly praised “Sacred Treason”, you do not need to have read the first book to enjoy this, his latest novel, as I haven't and I found this engrossing. Set in is a still unstable Elizabethan reign, William Harley (Clarenceux King Of Arms) is charged with the protection of a sacred document which, if in the hands of the wrong person, could turn England upside-down and tear it apart. So when the document goes missing, it is [...]

    25. This is the second in what appears to be a series featuring William Harley, Clarenceux. I did read the first. How Clarenceux can still be alive I am not sure as this is truly stretching the notion of having 9 lives. I will immediately start reading the third book as I am interested to see what further trouble will visit him as he attempts to serve loyally as herald with the added challenge of being a Catholic during Elizabeth's reign. In this book we see him betrayed by Cecil, hated and tortured [...]

    26. This was a bit of a slow starter. This is the second book featuring William Harley, Clarenceux King of Arms and a lot of the early part of the book was taken up with background from the previous novel. This could have been dealt with much more subtly. It also felt like there was too much detailed deception early on – pirates with ‘smiling blue eyes’ or ‘dreamy eyed, pale skinned’ and I wondered what I was letting myself in for. But I was rewarded for my perseverance. Once the story got [...]

    27. I very much enjoyed the first book in this series. But this second one, I couldn't get past about 10%. As soon as I saw that the main character did something really stupid to lose a valuable item, I quit reading. It just seemed too contrived. The main character was portrayed in the first book as being relatively intelligent, so it was too unbelievable that he would do something so dumb. Clearly, the author just used this opening as a device to set off the second novel in the series but a more or [...]

    28. The Roots of Betrayal carries on where Forrester's first novel, Sacred Treason, left off. Really you need to have read the first book before this as it will make much more sense.It is a real page turner, but on reflection, the plot itself is almost a sideline to the characters and scenes of fighting, torture, etc going on around them! Plenty of blood is spilled during the novel, so not one for the faint hearted!Forrester homself, alias historian Ian Mortimer, may rail against the description of [...]

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