By Dewey Lambdin

ISBN-10: 1250030080

ISBN-13: 9781250030085

“You may perhaps get hooked on this sequence. Easily.”---The big apple occasions ebook Review

The yr 1809 begins out badly for Captain Alan Lewrie, Royal army, and his send, HMS Sapphire. They’ve extracted the in poor health, chilly survivors of Sir John Moore’s military from catastrophe at Corunna, obtained hit by way of lightning whereas escorting the military to England, and suffered a shattered mainmast that may finish Lewrie’s energetic fee if a alternative can’t be came across or shaped quickly. Admiralty wishes troopships, now not gradual, previous Fourth cost two-deckers, so Lewrie needs to beg, borrow, thieve, and gild the evidence so much glibly if he needs to maintain her and her expert group together.

Just whilst he imagines he’s succeeded, new orders come appointing him a Commodore over a wee squadron assigned to prey upon French seaborne provide convoys off the treacherous north coast of Spain, greater often called the Costa da Morte, the Coast of dying, the place the ocean should be extra risky to him and his ships than the French military! Basing out of newly gained Lisbon, the place Lewrie hopes his mistress from Gibraltar, Maddalena Covilhá, may perhaps circulation, he’s convinced of 1 factor: It's going to be a rocky 12 months that, optimistically, doesn’t contain wrecking at the rugged shorelines of Spain!

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She kept jesters and dwarves for entertainment and an army of servants, cooks, and kitchen maids. Everyone had a duty. Mine was to help Emme and Frances care for the queen’s clothing. When I first entered the wardrobe, a room twice as large as the maids’ dormitory, my eyes could not take in everything it contained. There were cupboards with separate drawers for bodices, stomachers, coifs, gloves, and hats. Dozens of pantofles, overshoes with thick cork soles, lined the shelves. I counted fifty-one bodices and eighty skirts on rows of hooks before I gave up, my head spinning.

They were bright and pale. She smiled and it was like the sun beaming from behind a cloud. I no longer saw graying hair against her cheek. I saw the woman on horseback who had once ridden through Winchester, ageless and beautiful. Gratitude welled up in me and I knew I would love the queen, even worship her, as long as she ruled. I would do whatever she commanded me. Whitehall Palace was a bustling, crowded place. Besides six maids and a dozen ladies-in-waiting, the queen employed more than fifty grooms, footmen, and handsome guards known as Gentlemen Pensioners.

It sickened me to read of so many men and women suffering death at the stake, their flesh broiled in the fire until the fat dripped from their bones. I put the book away. Neither the queen nor anyone else had taken note of my study. Or so I thought. One day while I waited upon Elizabeth at her table, she asked me why I no longer read the Book of Martyrs. I nearly spilled the soup I was serving her. ” “Nothing escapes my eyes,” she said evenly. “I approve of the good Mr. Foxe. ” Under her gaze I could not craft a flattering reply, so I blurted out the simple truth.

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