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by Patricia Finney

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Patricia Finney
Genre Fiction
Orion Pub Co (December 31, 1998)
454 pages
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Unicorn's Blood book.

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Patricia Finney (born 1958) is an English author and journalist. 1. Firedrake's Eye (1992) 2. Unicorn's Blood (1998) 3. Gloriana's Torch (2003). She is a graduate of Oxford University with a degree in History. She has written under the pen names "P. F. Chisholm" and "Grace Cavendish" Published works. Lugh Mac Romain Series. A Shadow of Gulls (1977) 2. The Crow Goddess (1978). David Becket and Simon Ames Series. Robert Carey Series (writing as P. Chisholm).

An alternative history full of intrigue and political skullduggery set in the court of Elizabeth I. A thrilling and mesmerising read that brings all the sights and smells of sixteenth century London with it. Powerful stuff! Find similar books Profile.

Patricia Finney was born in 1958. She is an English journalist and author who has penned several books under multiple noms de plume. Her pen names include Grace Cavendish and . She published her very first book when she was 18, called A Shadow of Gulls. It won the 1977 David Higham Award for the best first novel of the year and had her first play, The Flood, debut on BBC Radio 3. She would go on to write other radio plays, including the play A Room Full of Mirrors. Patricia graduated with a degree in history from Oxford University.

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The Spanish are preparing to launch the Armada against the English and Queen Elizabeth Unicorn's Blood.

The Spanish are preparing to launch the Armada against the English and Queen Elizabeth. Patricia Finney's brilliant reworking of the Armada legend is an imaginative tour de force. Thrilling, intricate, and inspiring, this is a tale of courage, of love, and, ultimately, redemption.

By the author of Firedrake's Eye : a masterpiece of voice, historical detail, and psychological insight to rival Peter Ackroyd and A. S. Byatt England in the mid-1580s faced an array of international foes and was torn internally by religious strife. At its center was a slight woman of exceptional intellectual brilliance.

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Patricia Finney is the prize-winning author of three novels featuring Ames and Becket - Firedrake's Eye, Unicorn's Blood and Gloriana's Torch. Together, the three novels make up The Spies of God series. Patricia Finney is also the author of The James Enys Mysteries, Do We Not Bleed? and Priced Above Rubies. Under the pen-name P F Chisholm, Patricia Finney also writes the Sir Robert Carey series of novels.

Patricia Finney's outstanding literary thriller plunges into the vivid and deadly world of the 16th century: from the torture chambers of the Tower to the elegant artifice of court life; from the bawdy-houses of Southwark to the Queen's own bed. Why are the Jesuits, the Queen's Puritan councillors and even the Queen herself searching for the mysterious Book of the Unicorn? What ancient scandal threatens Elizabeth Tudor as she fights to avoid executing her cousin, Mary Queen of Scots? And what of the man waking up in the dungeon with no memory of who he is? David Becket and Simon Ames, the two mismatched heroes of FIREDRAKE'S EYE find themselves unwillingly in the thick of the struggle to unravel the plot.
  • Zorve
Though I usually can't wait for another Patricia Finney book, I couldn't wait to finish this one. To begin with, I've never believed the theory that Elizabeth I had an affair with Thomas Seymour and a subsequent abortion. I realize it's just a storyline that the author said came from a smattering of rumors back in the day, but considering Thomas Seymour's boorish nature and the good relationship Elizabeth had with Catherine Parr, I lean toward the other theory that Thomas Seymour took advantage of Elizabeth while she was under his wardship, but her love affair was with Robert Dudley (though I don't believe that she or Dudley were involved in his wife's death).

This review may be a spoiler for those who haven't read the book.

While I made a conscious effort to go along with the Seymour liason for the story's sake, I just couldn't suspend my belief enough to accept that this queen would react as she did in the scene where Davison announced his possession of the dreaded book. The idea that she would allow Davison to promptly defeat her with his quietly menacing announcement is, in my opinion, ludicrous, especially considering there were no witnesses in the room to hear him. She doesn't so much as demand the book from him, much less isolate him to learn all he knows, including who else knows about it. This mighty queen, who threatened to deport Ames, his family and fellow Jews for far less, just tearfully allowed Davison to blackmail her into signing the Queen of Scots' execution order? I can't stretch that far; in fact, that scene was so out of character for her that it snapped my already suspended belief.

Even after Thomasina revealed what Davison had been up to, the Queen didn't act on her thoughts of putting him in the Tower and rescinding the execution order (which her Council half expected, anyway)...her reasoning was that “she made it a policy never to give orders that she knew would be disobeyed.” What? I seriously doubt that an absolute monarch back then expected any of their orders to be disobeyed, especially an order concerning the execution of another sovereign. Instead, when she finally got her hands on the most damning pages of the book (which she would've realized weren't even in it if she'd demanded it from Davison in the first place), she then ripped into the Council for coercing her (even having some arrested, though they weren't aware of the blackmail scheme), and finally dealt with Davison by tossing him into the Tower with the intent to hang him. I don't understand Raleigh's argument that "to hang Davison would give him too great an idea of his importance" (since important people were beheaded while ordinary people were usually hanged), but I guess this was part of the brilliant “lawyering” that spared Davison the noose...and when he was eventually released, the queen paid his salary for the rest of his life in retirement so that he wouldn't appear as a martyr. Considering what he did to others, and that he tried to blackmail her into executing another sovereign, his downfall was rather anticlimactic.

In reality, Davison was charged with "misprision and contempt" for issuing the signed warrant after he was instructed to hold onto it (Elizabeth really did want to try to have the Queen of Scots assassinated instead of having to resort to an open execution), but he was eventually released with a heavy fine because there was no proof of evil intent. "He seems never to have paid the fine; his annuity as secretary, granted to him for life, was paid him until his death." says Britannica. Although I know this is just a story, I point out the historical record because it makes more sense; the punishment fit the crime, and the only reason he was paid to live out rest of his life in retirement was because his salary was granted for life, not because the queen didn't want him to look like a martyr (as if her desire to hang him wouldn't do that).

In the book “Lamentation” there is a similar theme of chasing down a book written by Catherine Parr before it comes to the attention of Henry VIII. As far as I could tell, C.J. Samson didn't spin historical facts or figures to fit his story; he did an excellent job of weaving a fictional story into the fabric of history without distorting the backdrop, so to speak.

There were a few engaging characters in this book, but overall it left me shaking my head, as did the many typos throughout it. And though I understood the purpose of a heavenly point of view between the two religious factions, I found the Virgin Mary narratives a bit odd and distracting.

While this story didn't make much sense to me, it's not my intention to pound the author into the ground. I became a Patricia Finney/P.F. Chisholm fan as I read through her Robert Carey books, and have the highest regard for that series; for those of you who haven't read it, you're in for a treat.
  • Thetath
I love Patricia Finney (and her alter ego PF Chisholm). This was a great story set near the end of Elizabeth I's reign. The word is that there is a book (with a Unicorn on the cover) that was her diary as a teen. In there is supposedly a confession that would totally ruin her image as "The Virgin Queen" Many people are seeking this book; some to use against her and some to suppress it for their love of the Queen. It is a rollicking adventure and I loved every minute of it.
It is a very well-written book, however, in the Kindle version that I read there were an amazing amount of spelling errors.
  • Kizshura
Just finished this great thriller set in Elizabethan England and must say I much preferred it to the other novel by this author which I had previously read, "Gloriana's Torch." Finney manages to follow the frantic doings of at least three separate protagonists as they scramble to recover and/or destroy the dreaded Book of the Unicorn, on which the entire future sovereignty of the Queen hinges, all the while intricately weaving together the story lines of each to terrific effect. The pacing never flags and the narrative never hits a false note, either as to artificial plot device or anachronistic historical blunder. One of the best parts of the book is Finney's dead on characterization of what I believe must be quite close to the actual personality and behavior of Queen Elizabeth I. A fictional hypothesis is at the root of the plot, of course, but after all this IS a novel. But GREAT historical fiction for lovers of same, full of action, rich detail of life among the prisons and palaces, witty and brilliantly written throughout. Highly recommended.
  • Damand
The first few Chapters were difficult to get through. I felt I had made a mistake buying buying this book. Then I started to get into it. And get into I did. Loved the premise and plot. Very clever and well written. Forget the misspellings and concentrate on the story. I highly recommend Unicorn's Blood. Kudos to Patricia Finney!
  • Authis
Best of Patricia Finney's works I've read so far. Her historical novels are well-written, well-researched, as well as thrilling, fast-paced and character-driven. They are hard to put down, and you might just learn some fine history from this excellent writer. The idea of using the Virgin Mary as a narrator was both novel and adroitly executed. A very enjoyable and thoughtful read.
  • SkroN
Whoever edited this book should be shot at sunrise. Other than that it was an excellent story if a little long.
  • BlackHaze
This is the second book in the David Becket and Simon Ames series. This one focuses more directly on Queen Elizabeth. Events in the first book have separated David and Simon, but circumstances bring them back together. The Queen is worried about the reappearance of a diary that she wrote as a teenaged girl, one that has potentially damning evidence against her. She has several agents searching for the book, including her fool, who, as a dwarf, can use her small stature to appear as a child. The Queen is also dealing with the potential execution of Mary Queen of Scots and is being pressured by her advisors. As in the first book, there is an unusual omniscient narrator, this time the Virgin Mary, and a disgruntled former nun plays a key role in the story.