Queen Elizabeth's Forbidden Priest's And The Hatching Of The Gunpowder Plot.
A thrilling account of treachery, loyalty and martydom in Elizabethan England from an exceptional new writer.
As darkness fell on the evening of 28 October 1588, just weeks after the defeat of the Spanish Armada, two young Englishmen landed in secret on a Norfolk beach. They were Jesuit priests. Their aim was to achieve by force of argument what the Armada had failed to do by force of arms: return to England to the Catholic Church.
Eighteen years later their mission had been shattered by the actions of a small group of terrorists, the Gunpowder Plotters; they, themselves, had been accused of designing 'that most horrid and hellish conspiracy'; and the future of every Cathlic they had come to save depended on the silence of an Oxford joiner, the builder of priest-holes, being tortured in the Tower of London.
Using contempory documents, 'God's Secret Agents' pieces together a deadly game of cat-and-mouse between priests and government spies, as Elizabeth and her ministers fought to defend the State, and English Catholics fought to defend their souls.
Ultimately this is the story of men who would die for their cause undone by men who would kill for it.