The Glass Dagger - The Tudor Queen's Glassmaker Book 1 of the Series

Genre: Historical Fiction, Historical Thrillers

For Fans Of

Philippa Gregory & C J Sansom

Book Summary

Being talented can be dangerous!
Set in 16th century Venice, Giacomo Bellini ignores Venetian societies unwritten rules for a nobleman and like his grandfather becomes a glassmaker . His romance with the daughter of a prominent senator, sets in motion a chain of events that leads to a false charge of treason. After a corruptly obtained conviction, he is sentenced to five years as a galley slave.
During a fight with pirate galleys, he is badly injured saving a crewmate. Arriving in England, his friends help him to escape and he changes his name to Jacob Bell. In London, his talent brings him acclaim, as the Tudor Queen’s Glassmaker, but his past catches up with him. His dishonest rival, Adrian Ragazoni, now Venetian Ambassador to London, is married to Jacob's love and plotting to kill the Queen.  Jacob must solve a mystery and defeat Ragazoni and his assassins, to save his love Maria and the Tudor Queen, Elizabeth I.


“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.
“Well developed characters, crisp dialogue, detailed research bringing Venice and London of the sixteenth century alive...the plot races excellent début novel” Staff writer, Peoples Friend Magazine.
“I have just finished reading .. The Glass Dagger, which I most thoroughly enjoyed. It was quite a story, and different from other historical novels which I avidly read. Thank you for such a good read, and now back to dear Jacob !!”

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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