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The Heretic : Gripping Family Fiction as Days Draw In

by Henry Vyner-Brooks (Lion Hudson, 2014)

A gripping novel for adults and teenagers/children alike … and a brilliant family CHRISTMAS GIFT!

It is 1536 – a year when strange ideas intrude, new lands are discovered, and Henry’s dissolution of the monasteries overturns the way of life and authorities of centuries. In the new world order, spies abound and no one can be trusted. For Brother Pacificus of the Abbey of St Benet’s in Norfolk, it seems as if his Abbey alone will be spared. But this last Benedictine house is mired in murder and intrigue. When Pacificus is implicated, more than his own dark past comes to light. In the meantime, the body count keeps rising. Pacificus’ fate becomes entwined with that of three local children after their parents have been arrested for treason and heresy. Their only protection lies with this errant monk, a mysterious leper, and a Dutch eel-catcher. The children must adjust quickly, but they also struggle, because they soon find that neither parents nor protectors are quite what they seem…

Based on historical events, this post-medieval mystery is laced with romance, greed, bouts of feasting, smuggling and jailbreak.

Read more about Piquant Lakeland Author, Henry Vyner-Brooks.

Published by Lion Hudson.
Available on 19 September 2014.



Heresy, sedition, betrayal, murder – England’s last Benedictine house boils over.Trust no one.

Watch your back.

From the crypts of Saint Benet’s Abbey to the brutal streets of London and Antwerp, the companions must face their darkest fears to protect those they love. From the coarse woollens and shattered dreams of the marsh to the silks and intrigues of the Tudor court, they must learn to hang together. Or, of a certainty, they will hang separately.

A thriller, a romance, a lively novel of ideas …