The Blanket of the Dark

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House of Stratus, Jan 2, 2009 - 292 pages
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The period is the Pilgrimage of Grace. In the country west of Oxford, nobles, clergy and laity await the success of the risings in Lincolnshire and Yorkshire to overthrow Henry VIII and Cromwell. Peter Pentecost is the man they plan to put on the English throne. Although a monk by training, he is the legitimate child of the Duke of Buckingham and the last of the Bohuns. His bid to be crowned and his duel with Henry VIII make for an exciting adventure.
 

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Contents

THE PAINTED FLOOR
1
IN WHICH PETER IS INTRODUCED TO FORTUNE
15
IN WHICH PETER LURKS IN THE SHADOW
39
IN WHICH PETER GOES DEEPER INTO THE GREENWOOD
54
THE PARLIAMENT OF BEGGARS
72
IN WHICH PETER EMERGES INTO THE LIGHT
87
HOW A WOULDBE KING BECAME A FUGITIVE
115
HOW PETER SAW DEATH IN THE SWAN INN
129
OF THE CONCLAVE AT LITTLE GREECE
158
HOW PETER CAME AGAIN TO AVELARD
173
OF THE VISION IN THE SNOW
189
THE UNLOOSING OF THE WATERS
206
HOW PETER STROVE WITH POWERS AND PRINCIPALITIES
217
HOW THE SWAN OF BOHUN WENT DOWN
245
HOW PETER RETURNED TO THE GREENWOOD
260
EPILOGUE
274

THE ROAD TO DAMASCUS
144

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John Buchan, Baron Tweedsmuir, was a Scottish diplomat, barrister, journalist, historian, poet and novelist. He wrote adventure novels, short-story collections and biographies. His passion for the Scottish countryside is reflected in much of his writing. Buchan's adventure stories are high in romance and are peopled by a large cast of characters. 'Richard Hannay', 'Dickson McCunn' and 'Sir Edward Leithen' are three that reappear several times. Alfred Hitchcock adapted his most famous book 'The Thirty-Nine Steps', featuring Hannay, for the big screen. Born in 1875 in Perth, Buchan was the son of a minister. Childhood holidays were spent in the Borders, for which he had a great love. He was educated at Glasgow University and Brasenose College, Oxford, where he was President of the Union. Called to the Bar in 1901, he became Lord Milner's assistant private secretary in South Africa. By 1907, however, he was working as a publisher with Nelson's. During the First World War Buchan was a correspondent at the Front for 'The Times', as well as being an officer in the Intelligence Corps and advisor to the War Cabinet. Elected as a Conservative Member of Parliament for one of the Scottish Universities' seats in 1927, he was created Baron Tweedsmuir in 1935. From then, until his death in 1940, he served as Governor General of Canada, during which time he nevertheless managed to continue writing.

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