What's it about?
Could you survive a year of conflict in Tudor England and unravel the mystery of the Cataclysm?
As the destruction of monasteries by Henry V111 leads to uprisings in the north, a monk fleeing from torture learns of worse to come. Dr Nicholas Douglas finds himself transformed, and in York, forging allies and gathering evidence to thwart the Cataclysm of 1541
Now five years since the northern rebellion against the Reformation and the Act of Supremacy, King Henry V111 arrests, tortures and executes ringleaders, and subsequently organises the 1541 Northern Progress. Rebel monk, Brother Bernard, whilst detained in the Tower of London, becomes aware of a conspiracy that would threaten the very fabric of faith in England and it becomes his dying quest to alert his allies in York.
As summer arrives, Dr Nicholas Douglas finds himself in York but much transformed. He is determined to lead the cause against the impending Cataclysm and seek out like-minded rebel agents.
Undercover as City washerwomen, Elspeth and her sister, Wynnfrith query young local lad, Edward Fawkes, about the Micklegate Mouse that, uncannily, seems to talk!
In turn, they decide to recruit Edward’s uncle, The Mayor of York, Robert Hall, who tasks Silas, a delusional and accident prone adventurer with acquiring further intelligence. As clues, witnesses, documents, codes and designs are uncovered, they deduce that there will be a Cataclysmic event in York.
The agents scatter throughout England and those in Lincoln becoming almost consumed by the travelling Court and becoming favourites of Thomas Culpeper, Queen Catherine Howard and the King himself. As an awkward romance develops between Silas and Wynnfrith, and a terminal romance kindles between Queen Catherine Howard and Culpeper, the agents uncover the diabolical deceit and collaborate to thwart it.
1541 is quirky historical fiction, a story of integrity and inclusion for readers who enjoy humour, pathos, mystery and jeopardy combined with engaging and unpredictable characters and is supported by 4 original watercolour paintings by the author.
Unravel the Cataclysm Mystery, spend a year in Tudor England and experience:
• the mystery of ancient texts, secret messages, cryptic documents and the cataclysm perpetrators
• the dedication and determination of Elspeth, the rebel nun.
• the suffering of imprisoned monks.
• the conflicts between agents and the perpetrators.
• amusement at Silas’s attempts at espionage.
• the danger of Queen Catherine’s affair with Culpeper
• admiration of Wynn’s attitude to her disability and the cause.
• the enigma and humour of the “Micklegate Mouse”
• the scale and awe of York Minster
• the frustration of Silas’s romance.
• the isolation of King Henry
• the inner conflict of the Mayor.