The Crystal Ship - The Tudor Queen's Glassmaker Book 2 of the Series

Genre: Historical Fiction, Historical Thrillers
£2.39

For Fans Of

Philippa Gregory & C J Sansom

Book Summary

One good turn deserves another - fate doesn't agree! Jacob Bell, the Tudor Queen's Glassmaker, joins Admiral John Hawkins in a battle against Catholic plotters led by Count Ridolfi. Drawing on all their resources of boldness, courage and cunning, they carry through an audacious plan to free Hawkins’s men from the dreaded Spanish Inquisition. Jacob and his powerful new ship The Crystal, designed by Admiral Hawkins, are sent on a secret mission to Venice. With his untried ship, he is drawn into an encounter with the all conquering Ottoman galley fleet, which threatens all of their lives, as well as the continuing existence of Venice itself. Through intrigue, gun-smoke and bloody warfare, Jacob battles to thwarts the plotters and begin a new life with his love Maria.

Testimonials

“a fascinating, original historical context...the insight into the world of glassmaking is interesting...the backdrop of the story’s setting – Venice and London – and the times will also be a key part of its appeal to readers” Martyn Bedford, Award winning author of Houdini Girl.

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About the Author

I was born and raised in Derbyshire and matured in Yorkshire, England, where I spent a lot of my working life as a Chief Colourist, a Senior Manager in both the Textile and Chemical industries, a Science Teacher and a University Lecturer among other things.
A well-known speaker on the Elizabethan Era and the History of English Glassmaking, I spend my time writing Tudor Historical novels, of which I have to date, written four books in a series about the Tudor Queen's Glassmaker. The books are fast paced, adventure stories, with a strong love interest. A key element is the setting in Venice and London, during the 16th century, which are brought to life, in sights and sounds, keeping as accurately as possible, to the historical facts, around which the story is woven.
Recently, inspired by my background in textiles, I began a new series about the Industrial Revolution in the Cotton Spinning Mills,. These were the first spinning mills in the World and were built in the Derwent Valley in Derbyshire. The importance of the mills is reflected in their World Heritage status. Belper Mill rebuilt in 1803-4, by William Strutt, is the earliest example of a fire proof construction.
The fictional series will be called Amber Mills, which is an Arkwright style mill on the River Amber, a tributary of the River Derwent. The first book, scheduled to be published next year, is provisionally titled Amber Mills Revolution, The First Generation.

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