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Robin Tremayne A Story of the Marian Persecution   By: (1836-1893)

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Robin Tremayne: A Story of the Marian Persecution by Emily Sarah Holt is a captivating historical novel that brings to life the turmoil and persecution faced by Protestants during the reign of Queen Mary I of England. Holt's impeccable research, combined with her masterful storytelling, creates an unforgettable tale that transports readers to a dark and treacherous chapter of history.

The story follows Robin Tremayne, a devout Protestant who finds himself caught in the crosshairs of the religious strife gripping England in the 16th century. As the fanatical Catholic regime seeks to eradicate any dissenting voices, Robin's unwavering faith and dedication to his beliefs put him in great danger. The author skillfully portrays the internal struggles faced by Robin as he strives to find a balance between his loyalty to God and his desire to protect his loved ones.

Holt's writing style is eloquent and evocative, painting vivid pictures of the tumultuous events that unfolded during this period of religious intolerance. The narrative is filled with suspense, as the protagonist is constantly faced with life-or-death choices that test his resilience and courage. The author's attention to detail is commendable, as she seamlessly weaves historical facts into the narrative, making the story both informative and engaging.

One of the most impressive aspects of Robin Tremayne is the depth of its characters. Holt has crafted a cast of multifaceted individuals who come alive on the pages. Robin, in particular, undergoes a remarkable transformation throughout the story, growing from a young, naive man into a resilient and steadfast individual who remains unyielding in the face of adversity. The supporting characters are equally well-developed, each playing a vital role in shaping Robin's journey.

Furthermore, the novel provides valuable insights into the religious and political landscape of 16th-century England. Holt delves into the dynamics between Catholics and Protestants, shedding light on the dangerous ideological divisions that tore families apart and led to immense suffering. Through Robin's eyes, readers witness the courage and determination of people who clung to their beliefs, even at the risk of persecution and death.

While the pacing of the story occasionally slows down, with some passages feeling slightly repetitive, overall, Robin Tremayne is a compelling and thought-provoking read. Emily Sarah Holt's meticulous research and her ability to breathe life into historical events make this novel an essential addition to any historical fiction enthusiast's library.

In conclusion, Robin Tremayne: A Story of the Marian Persecution is a gripping tale that illuminates a dark chapter of religious history. Emily Sarah Holt's impeccable writing and meticulous research create a narrative filled with suspense, compelling characters, and valuable insights into the challenges faced by Protestants during the reign of Queen Mary I. This historical novel is a worthy read for anyone interested in the religious conflicts that shaped England in the 16th century.

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Robin Tremayne, by Emily Sarah Holt.

Emily Holt was a historian of no mean calibre. Many of her books are set in the Middle Ages or a little later. This one is set in the 1550s, and a little before and after. This was the time when the Catholic Mary was on the throne, and Catholicism was enforced as the official religion. It was also the time when Protestantism, which had been on the rise, was checked, and many Protestants burnt at the stake. When Elizabeth came to the throne this was reversed, and Protestantism was once more the official religion.

This book, which is quite largely based on well researched fact, tells of the family life of a few people who were Protestants, and who preached the Gospel unerringly throughout, despite in the end some of them being imprisoned, including Robin Tremayne himself. His account of the prison in which he was held is quite amazing how wickedly unkind people can be to one another. At one stage in the story people were being burnt at the stake quite wholesale. When Elizabeth came to the throne all the Bishops were Catholic, and at first none could be persuaded to officiate at the Coronation. Eventually the Bishop of Carlisle agreed to do it, but as he hadn't any suitable vestments he had to borrow some from Bonner, the Bishop of London, who wouldn't do the Coronation himself... Continue reading book >>

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