"Vivid imagery worthy of the "Highly Recommended" award from The Historical Fiction Company and five stars!! Congratulations to the author for this fine work of art of the Tudor era." -DK Marley, The Historical Fiction Company
"Richardson tells an exciting and stirring tale with warmth andpassion in a compelling and captivating account of the times. The Rippon Spurrier is unreservedly recommended!" -Book Viral Historical Fiction
"The Rippon Spurrier is a superior example of the historical fiction genre." -Reedsy Discovery
The Rippon Spurrier
One man will stop at nothing
Marching alongside his master in a holy war would be a dream come true.
He never expected it to endanger everyone he loved.
Gifted spurrier and blacksmith Robert Gray jumped at the chance to march in a rebellion against the heretic Queen Elizabeth. A committed Catholic, he is ready to lay his life down for his faith.
Since Elizabeth came to power in 1558, poor harvests, raised taxes and land enclosures had led to vagrancy, starvation, and crime. The Catholic north finally erupted when Mary Queen of Scots fled from Scotland, seeking shelter from Elizabeth, but found herself imprisoned by the English Monarch.
Now Robert, his beloved wife Catherine and their precious unborn baby are threatened.
As the danger around him grows closer, Robert's lifelong friend turns against him, and the mystery of his father's death haunts him. He is determined to uncover the secrets of his past, but one man will stop at nothing to ensure those secrets remain buried.
Distrusted and hunted from all sides, Robert and Catherine must fight with all they have to save their family, friendships, and honour.
But first - they have to stay alive.
If you loved Philippa Gregory's The Lady of the Rivers and Alison Weir's Six Tudor Queens series, you will love this meticulously researched and cleverly written historical novel by C. J. Richardson. Cozy up with this sweeping renaissance historical adventure and travel from Northern England to the Scottish Borders