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Summary

It is 1588, and King Philip of Spain has assembled a great fleet and army to crush the English and end Queen Elizabeth's reign.

One man who has inside knowledge of this event is the young Henry Gresham. His good looks, youth, and wealth are the envy of some at court, so his position as spy for Walsingham further endangers his life. When he finds himself sailing on the Armada during his mission to spy on Sir Francis Drake, he's not entirely sure who his enemies are....

©2005 Martin Stephen; (P)2007 Oakhill Publishing

Critic reviews

"A terrific book." (The Spectator)
"Stephen has a feel for the momentory decisions that can help to shape the course of history - as well, of course, as the cowardice, vainglory and greed." (The Times)

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I loved it!

This is the most enjoyable book I have read in a long time. The History is quite a big part of this, and if you know the History it will add to your enjoyment, but it is a great action fillled listen without that. A brilliant naration as well!

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  • Mr
  • Leeds, United Kingdom
  • 13-04-13

Tudor history brought to life.

Martin Stephen brings his academic knowledge of the late Tudor and early Stuart period to life with his stories of intrigue and derring do featuring Henry Gresham. This episode covers the late Elizabethan era and the tensions between Spain and England leading to the attempted invasion with the aid of the mighty Spanish Armada. Henry Gresham, as an agent of an aging Walsingham, or is he an double, or triple agent, is tasked with gaining the confidence of the Spanish court. A real swashbuckling adventure well read and characterised by Michael Tudor Barnes.

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Excellent listen

One of the most memorable introductions. The words of Martin Stephen as read by Michael Tudor Barnes immediately pull you into the story. What happens next ?

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Well worth listening.

Fascinating listen, great characters and plot.

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  • Steven
  • 02-06-09

A Wonderfull Swim

This is a thoroughly engrossing swim through the English Channel with both Drake and the Armarda. You don't quite know what Henry Greham is up to until the last but, like Manion, you are ready to defend him which ever way that he turns. A great listen - it made me go and order the rest of Martin Stephen's books on Audible.

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  • Stephen Halstead - The Leptonian
  • 29-01-13

A tale of Elizabethan treachery and deceit

Henry Gresham is he an agent, double agent, triple agent, a traitor or an honourable man. Gresham and his manservant Manion step carefully and sometimes savagely through treacherous Elizabethan England and Europe. A gripping tale.