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Privy Seal His Last Venture   By: (1873-1939)

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Privy Seal His Last Venture by Ford Madox Ford is a captivating historical fiction novel set in the early 16th century. The story follows the life and political career of Thomas Cromwell, the powerful advisor to King Henry VIII of England. From the very first page, the author masterfully transports readers into a tumultuous era where political intrigue, religious turmoil, and personal vendettas take center stage.

One of the most impressive aspects of this novel is Ford's impeccable attention to detail. The meticulously researched historical setting feels vivid and authentic, engulfing readers in the sights, sounds, and even the smells of Tudor England. From the grand palaces to the grimy back alleys, every scene is richly described, leaving no stone unturned and immersing readers in the atmosphere of the time.

Moreover, Ford's characterization is superb. Thomas Cromwell comes to life as a complex and multifaceted protagonist. He is shown as a shrewd and cunning statesman, constantly maneuvering through the treacherous webs of court politics. However, Ford also delves into the depths of Cromwell's emotions, exploring his vulnerabilities, regrets, and the moral dilemmas he faces. This juxtaposition of strength and vulnerability adds depth and authenticity to the character, making him incredibly compelling and relatable.

The narrative unfolds at a brisk pace, with numerous subplots and intertwining storylines that keep readers engaged throughout. Ford successfully balances the political maneuverings and personal conflicts, building suspense and tension that culminate in a gripping climax. Each chapter unfolds like a web of intrigue, unveiling new revelations and raising the stakes for Cromwell and those around him.

Ford's prose is elegant and evocative, capturing the essence of the time period without sacrificing readability. The story is infused with a sense of urgency and urgency that propels the plot forward, making it difficult to put the book down. The dialogue is authentic and filled with wit and sharpness, adding to the richness of the characters and their interactions.

Overall, Privy Seal His Last Venture is a magnificent historical novel that combines meticulous research, gripping storytelling, and finely crafted characters. Ford Madox Ford's ability to capture the essence of Tudor England and bring it to life in such a compelling manner is truly commendable. This book is a must-read for history enthusiasts, as well as those who enjoy thrilling political dramas filled with intrigue, secrets, and high-stakes power struggles.

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Transcriber's Note.

This is the Second book of the trilogy, The Fifth Queen, by Ford Madox Ford. The other books are The Fifth Queen and The Fifth Queen Crowned.


His Last Venture

"Ille potens ... et lætus cui licet in diem Dixisse: Vixi!..."

PART ONE The Rising Sun, 1

PART TWO The Distant Cloud, 75

PART THREE The Sunburst, 153


Frau Laura Schmedding

who has so often combated my prejudices and corrected my assertions this with affection




The Magister Udal sat in the room of his inn in Paris, where customarily the King of France lodged such envoys as came at his expense. He had been sent there to Latinise the letters that passed between Sir Thomas Wyatt and the King's Ministers of France, for he was esteemed the most learned man in these islands. He had groaned much at being sent there, for he must leave in England so many loves the great, blonde Margot Poins, that was maid to Katharine Howard; the tall, swaying Katharine Howard herself; Judge Cantre's wife that had fed him well; and two other women, with all of whom he had succeeded easily or succeeded in no wise at all... Continue reading book >>

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