A Noble Assassin

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  • Paperback
  • 400 pages
  • A Noble Assassin
  • Christie Dickason
  • English
  • 27 October 2018
  • 9780007289134

About the Author: Christie Dickason

I started to write at the age of three, long before I could spell Understandably, I hid my poems and very short stories from my English professor father, who could spell words like desiccate and also insisted on correct grammar All the same, he passed on to me his delight in books and words as well as his joy in pursuing intellectual curiosity Under his influence, I learned to relish resear


A Noble AssassinA Thrilling Account Of One Of English History S Most Daring Women, Who Risked Everything In The Dark Days Leading Up To The Civil War The Perfect Novel For Fans Of Suzannah Dunn And Phillipa Gregory.Court Beauty, Lucy Russell, Countess Of Bedford, Feels Frustrated By Life With Her Weak Husband Poverty Stricken, They Are Confined To Their Country Estate And Excluded From Court Life In London After He Disastrously Allies Himself Against Elizabeth I.Now, Some Years Later, James I Is Seated On The English Throne His Daughter, Elizabeth Stuart, Former Confidant Of Lucy, Has Married The King Of Bohemia The Precarious Political Situation In Europe Is Fraught, Setting Father Against Daughter When Elizabeth And Her Husband Are Deposed, Exiled And Forced On The Run, James Is In No Mood To Come To Elizabeth S Aid.Hearing Of Elizabeth S Predicament, Lucy Sees An Opportunity To Re Establish The Bedford Name And Offers Herself As A Peace Envoy Between The Two Parties Setting Out On A Daring Mission Across The Channel, Lucy Discovers She Is Being Manipulated By Unscrupulous Men, Not Least The Calculating And Darkly Handsome Duke Of Buckingham.Can Lucy Tread This Most Dangerous Path, Or By Risking Everything, Will She Pay The Ultimate Price

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10 thoughts on “A Noble Assassin

  1. Denise says:

    Trapped in poverty and a loveless marriage, Lucy Russell, Countess of Bedford, is desperate for a way out When her close friend Elizabeth Stuart and her husband Frederick, erstwhile rulers of Bohemia, are deposed from their throne, Lucy sees a chance to reclaim her place at court by offering herself as an intermediary between Elizabeth and her father, King James I, and becomes embroiled in a dangerous plot to replace the unpopular heir Prince Charles with his older sister Elizabeth.An intriguing, atmospheric read, though occasionally a bit longwinded I could have done without the mejority of the flashback scenes, mostly because I was a lot less interest...

  2. Sascha says:

    I took a really long time to get into this book Until part two I could probably have just put it down and not even been curious as to the ending I m not sure what exactly was wrong with it, especially as the last book I read from this author was a lot better Bu...

  3. Jules says:

    This book follows on from The King s Daughter but isn t strictly a sequel, it can be read as a stand alone story Instead of continuing to follow the fortunes of Elizabeth Stuart, it focuses on the fate of Lucy Russell, the daughter of Elizabeth s guardian and Chief Lady of Queen Anne of Denmark introduced in the first book Fate hasn t been kind to Lucy and she has fallen on hard times since the death of the Queen Her only chance to shine at court again is to get Elizabeth and her husband to return to England and set up court with her father But for political reasons, King James doesn t want her back in England, nor will he send armies to protect his daughter who is now in exile in the Hague So Lucy takes it upon herself to orchestrate Elizabeth s return Although Lucy wants Elizabeth back for her own personal reasons there are others who would like to see the return of the First Daughter of England for darker reasons and Lucy becomes embroiled in their plottingThis book has it all deceit, murder, treason, secret affairsso why didn t I enjoy it as much as The King s Daughter It s hard to say the story is interesting and the s...

  4. Hannah Fielding says:

    I love historical fiction, particularly that set in Britain, and so was keen to read this novel, especially when I discovered that the author worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company for many years what a wonderful job, and such a chance to immerse oneself in period stories.The novel is beautifully written and expertly researched I particularly enjoyed reading the historical information included at the end of the book, on characters, settings and events I found myself entirely relaxed that the author knew her facts inside out, and had crafted them carefully into an engaging, realistic tale Lucy is a heroine whom it is impossible not to like strong, courageous, intelligent and altogether human in her inner struggles A vein of tragic grief provides a poignant undercurrent for the book, set up in the very first pages as Lucy contemplates suicide, and the other emotional pull which I found powerful is Lucy s fierce loyalty to her queen, and in many ways surrogate daughter, Elizabeth Stuart, The Winter Queen.There is love in this story between Lucy and the poet John Donne but I m not sure I would class this as romantic historical fiction because to me the love element was not a major part of the story Still, it echoes through.For me, the key strength of the book is the care that the author takes to let us into Lucy s thoughts and feelings There is plenty of pace, but also plenty of attention given to how Lucy perceives even...

  5. Tilly says:

    The Noble Assassin is the story of Lucy Russell, Countess of Bedford a once prominent figure at court but now suffering the effects of poverty Stuck in an unhappy marriage to a miserly and mean man, Lucy jumps at the chance to regain favour at court, but even the best laid plans can go horribly wrong I can t really decide whether I really enjoyed this book or not The story itself was interesting, switching between current events and Lucy s past experiences which may have affected the current moment, which was effective but occasionally a little confusing.Lucy is a likeable enough heroine, with definite flaws and she is all too human Characterisation is done very well, as are the relationships between characters While the plot was good, there were times when I felt a little bogged down and just wanted the book be finished however I was never tempted to give up on it The prose is well written and there is some beautiful period poetry in there and the ending is...

  6. Lisa Furey says:

    A Noble Assassin by Christie Dickason This is another fictional biography this time of Lucy Russell Countess of Bedford She was one of the Queen s favourites and had it all riches, fame, power and a lover Now she is out of favour with the court and has been banished from court along with her husband She is now trying to help her friend Elizabeth Stuart Queen of Bohemia to come home to England so hopefully she can regain favour in court.I started this book and I really liked the first half of this book How Lucy recalls how she raced to be the first to met the new Queen and King from Scotland How she won the favour of the Queen and became a darling of court How she fell in love with poet John Donne and became friends with little princess Elizabeth Stuart, but for me it began to drag into the second part of the book As Lucy trys to bring Elizabeth back from Bohemia and home to England As pl...

  7. Louise says:

    I came to this book with high hopes having loved all the previous ones by Christa Dickinson Somehow this one left me cold The story of Lucy Countess of Bedford who is out of favour and wants to be back in to make her fortune did not engage me.On reflection i think that this is brave attempt by the author as the heroine was not a sympathetic one But in order to make her appealing there was too much emphasis on how awful her life had been which historically apt when told in the first person made her a difficult character to warm to I felt that about Elizabeth of Bohemia ...

  8. Sandra (LadyGrey Reads) says:

    2015 Book Awards Worst Read Runner Up information about this award is available on my profile Reading challenge 2015 A book with bad reviews possibly I would give it 2.5 if I could, because the ending was quite interesting Other than that it was quite a boring and slow read The Countess of Bedford is a...

  9. Kate Forsyth says:

    Christie Dickason has carved out a niche for herself writing historical novels set during the Stuart period, which is just as bloody, romantic, tragic and interesting as the popular Tudor period I ve always loved the Stuart period, and so I ve been reading my way through all of her books, and loving every one of them The Noble Assassin has as its heroine the beautiful and clever Lucy Russell, Countess of Bedford, a real histo...

  10. Lisa says:

    Not my cup of tea Honestly, I found the storyline boring, and the protagonist thoroughly unlikeable The story was meant to follow on from an earlier book by the author, The King s Daughter, but there were inconsistencies which just drove me mad The writing style felt like the author was trying to reel off lot...