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A Tudor thriller featuring Giordano Bruno, renegade monk, philosopher and heretic, for fans of C. J. Sansom and The Name of the Rose.Autumn, 1583. The skies above England harbour dark omens An astrological phenomenon heralds the dawn of a new age and a young maid of honour is murdered, occult symbols carved into her flesh.The courtâ€™s loyalties are tested. Its murderous secrets exposed.When Mary Stuartâ€™s supporters scheme to usurp Queen Elizabethâ€™s throne, spymaster Francis Walsingham calls on Giordano Bruno to infiltrate the plotters. The proof he seeks is within his grasp. But the young womanâ€™s murder could point to an even more sinister truth Heretic, maverick, charmer: Giordano Bruno is always on his guard. Never more so than when working for Queen Elizabeth and her spymaster for this man of letters is now an agent of danger and intrigue.