Spymaster by Deborah Chancellor


Spymaster by Deborah Chancellor

Working in the dark shadows of Elizabeth I's glory, the spymaster Sir Francis Walsingham protects his queen with plots, entrapment and torture. When Kit is forced into Walsingham's service, he is horrified at what he sees. Can he work in Walsingham's police state and live with himself? And what will happen if Walsingham ceases to protect him? Some secrets are deadly...


A short and relatively easy read, this gives an excellent insight into the court and is a good way to support study of the Tudors in KS2, bringing a fresh look to the topic. -- Sarah Brew www.parentsintouch.co.uk Historical novels are a marvellous way of helping children to understand history and giving them a new perspective on events and the Flashbacks series are particularly good at bringing history to life. It's an exciting and dramatic story set in a colourful and tense period. -- Sarah Brew www.parentsintouch.co.uk Gripping and more historically accurate than some of the Tudor fantasies currently on offer, it illustrates clearly the savagery of public life and the moral dilemmas facing one well-meaning boy in a time of religious turmoil. Chancellor's succinct descriptions bring Tudor London to life with vivid period detail to ratchet up the mood of menace. -- Cassandra Clark Historical Novel Society

About the Author

Deborah Chancellor

Q & A with the Author about her book The Perfect Rebel

What made you want to write this book?
Emily Davison, because she was an amazing woman who did everything she could to help give women more rights. Today, Emily’s story is almost forgotten ... but not quite. I wanted to write it down so more people could hear about it.

Who is your role model?
My daughter Imogen is my role model. She never lets her dyslexia stop her from trying her best, and being really cheerful about everything that she does.

Which suffragette do you most admire?
The suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst. She stood up for her beliefs, even though it didn’t make her popular with some people. She really wanted to make a difference to the world she lived in.

If you could meet Emily Davison, what would you say to her?
I would ask Emily what I should say to people who can’t be bothered to vote.

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Book Info


112 pages
Interest Age: from 9 to 11


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Publication date

9th October 2014



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