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Heresey

Heresey
S.J. Parris
Doubleday
Publish date: 2010-02-23
$25.95
0385531281
Hardcover

Review:

Giordano Bruno was one of the most brilliant and original thinkers of his generation, agreeing with Copernicus that the earth was not the center of the universe but further asserting that the universe was infinite. For this latter belief, along with a lengthy list of other heresies, he was burned at the stake in February of 1600.

S.J. Parris (the pen name of Stephanie Merritt) puts this complex and fascinating historical figure at the center of a series of murders that take place while he is a visiting scholar at Oxford in 1583. In an environment of religious upheaval, someone is re-enacting the fates of the Catholic martyrs in a string of bloody murders that threatens to destroy Lincoln College. Bruno sets out to find the murderer, at the same time spying for Elizabeth's inquisitor Walsingham. Suspect for his Italian origins and his Dominican training, he walks a fine line between conflicting ideologies among jealous academics, Parris has done her homework, delivering a convincing view of medieval life, both town and gown.

   
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