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"Darnley" by George Payne Rainsford James is a historical novel that takes readers back to the Elizabethan era, a time of political intrigue and betrayal. The story follows the life of Lord Darnley, a nobleman who becomes entangled in a web of conspiracy and deception.

James expertly weaves together fact and fiction, creating a gripping narrative that keeps readers on the edge of their seats. The characters are well-developed and complex, making it easy for the reader to become emotionally invested in their fates.

The plot moves at a brisk pace, with plenty of twists and turns to keep readers guessing. James does a fantastic job of capturing the tumultuous political climate of the time, painting a vivid picture of court life and the power struggles that defined the era.

Overall, "Darnley" is a captivating historical novel that will appeal to fans of both historical fiction and political intrigue. James' writing is engaging and immersive, drawing readers into a world of ambition, treachery, and honor. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a riveting and well-crafted historical novel.

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A stranger rides across the Kentish countryside when his attention is called to a cottage where violence is being done to an elderly couple. The knight, for such he appears to be, rushes to their aid. Soon after, the strange and prophetic Sir Cesar appears on the scene and foretells of danger ahead. We follow this knight as he encounters an evil landowner; the good and faithful Longpole, son of the elderly couple; the beneficent Duke of Buckingham--or is he a traitor?; and the coquettish Lady Katrine. He is reunited with his kindly but naif old tutor and a childhood companion, now grown into the beautiful Lady Constance. How will each help or hinder him in obtaining his goal of an audience with King Henry VIII and gaining back his ancestral home for his disgraced father and himself? A tale spanning the courts of Henry VIII of England and Francis I of France, the climax comes at the famous meeting between the two monarchs on 'the Field of the Cloth of Gold'.

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