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For the Master's Sake A Story of the Days of Queen Mary   By: (1836-1893)

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For the Master's Sake A Story of the Days of Queen Mary is a captivating historical novel written by Emily Sarah Holt. Set during the reign of Queen Mary I of England, the story provides a fascinating glimpse into a tumultuous period in British history.

The novel follows the parallel journeys of two main characters, Grace Mervyn and Hugh Carleton, as they navigate the religious and political upheaval of the time. Grace, a staunch Protestant, finds herself living under Queen Mary's Catholic regime, where her faith is persecuted and she is forced to make difficult choices in order to protect her beliefs. Meanwhile, Hugh, a loyal servant of Queen Mary, grapples with his own moral dilemma as he witnesses the brutal treatment of those who oppose the queen's religious reforms.

Holt skillfully weaves together the lives of these two characters, creating a rich tapestry of historical events and personal struggles. Her meticulous attention to detail transports readers back to the 16th century, immersing them in the sights, sounds, and emotions of the era. The vivid descriptions of the religious tensions, political power plays, and personal relationships make the story come alive, allowing readers to experience the complexities of life during Queen Mary's reign.

One of the strengths of For the Master's Sake is Holt's ability to present multiple perspectives without judgment. The novel delves into the motivations and beliefs of characters from various religious and political backgrounds, shedding light on the complexities of the time period. This approach adds depth and nuance to the narrative, challenging readers to question their own biases and understand the multifaceted nature of historical events.

Furthermore, Holt's characters are incredibly well-developed and relatable. Grace and Hugh's internal struggles, as well as their external conflicts, evoke a strong sense of empathy from readers. Their journey serves as a powerful reminder of the importance of staying true to one's principles, even in the face of adversity. The supporting characters also add depth to the story, each playing a crucial role in the narrative's progression.

Although the pace of the novel can be slow at times, Holt's exquisite prose and attention to historical accuracy more than compensate for this. Her writing style is eloquent and evocative, capturing the essence of the Elizabethan era. Whether describing the grandeur of royal palaces or the torment of religious persecution, Holt's words paint a vivid picture that transports readers to the heart of the narrative.

In conclusion, For the Master's Sake A Story of the Days of Queen Mary is an engrossing historical novel that expertly blends history and fiction. Emily Sarah Holt's meticulous research and compelling storytelling combine to create an unforgettable reading experience. Fans of historical fiction, particularly those interested in the Tudor period, will find themselves enthralled by this captivating tale of sacrifice, faith, and political intrigue.

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For the Master's Sake, by Emily Sarah Holt.

The story is set in the middle of the sixteenth century, in London, at a time when a Catholic Queen had succeeded to the throne, shortly to marry King Philip of Spain. The Protestant Bishops were replaced with Catholic ones, in particular Bonner, Bishop of London, and these set about murderously dealing with the least signs of Protestantism.

All this is very confusing to the average person, and that is what the story is about. Just fairly ordinary citizens of London, trying to work out what they are supposed to think and do.

The author was a strong Protestant, and this makes her arguments all the stronger.



This is not a story which requires much preface. The tale speaks for itself. But it is only right to inform the reader, that the persons who play their parts in it (apart from the historical details given) are all fictitious, excepting John Laurence and Agnes Stone.

It rests, under God, with the men and women of England and chiefly with those of them who are young now whether such events as are here depicted shall recur in this nineteenth century... Continue reading book >>

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