The Tudor Secret by C. W. Gortner
(The Elizabeth I Spymaster Chronicles)

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 2 Critic Reviews



The era of the Tudors was one of danger, intrigue, conspiracy, and, above all, spies.

Summer 1553: A time of danger and deceit. Brendan Prescott, an orphan, is reared in the household of the powerful Dudley family. Brought to court, Prescott finds himself sent on an illicit mission to the king's brilliant but enigmatic sister, Princess Elizabeth. But Brendan is soon compelled to work as a double agent by Elizabeth's protector, William Cecil, who promises in exchange to help him unravel the secret of his own mysterious past.

A dark plot swirls around Elizabeth's quest to unravel the truth about the ominous disappearance of her seriously ill brother, King Edward VI. With only a bold stable boy and an audacious lady-in-waiting at his side, Brendan plunges into a ruthless gambit of half-truths, lies, and murder. Filled with the intrigue and pageantry of Tudor England, The Tudor Secret is the first book in The Elizabeth I Spymaster Chronicles.


About C. W. Gortner

See more books from this Author
C. W. Gortner's historical novels have garnered international praise and been translated into fourteen languages. He divides his time between Northern California and Antigua, Guatemala.
Published February 1, 2011 by St. Martin's Griffin. 348 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for The Tudor Secret


With a host of familiar faces such as the Duke of Northumberland, Robert and Guildford Dudley, Lady Jane Grey, William Cecil, Francis Walsingham, and the Princess Elizabeth and Princess Mary, this novel is a fascinating and unique look at the Tudor period and the succession Gortner absolutely na...

Mar 04 2011 | Read Full Review of The Tudor Secret (The Elizabe...

Large Print Reviews

Best of all, while this novel is a complete, stand-alone story, Gortner has left an opening to additional stories in which Brendan, and his cohorts come to the aid of Princess Elisabeth.

Aug 16 2012 | Read Full Review of The Tudor Secret (The Elizabe...

Reader Rating for The Tudor Secret

An aggregated and normalized score based on 123 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes

Rate this book!

Add Review