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Out Roads

(The first book in the House of Cavendish series)
A novel by

A romantic tale of seduction, love, murder and intrigue when the Cavendish family live through the Black Death and escape the Fire of London, and it covers a period in English history (1560-1720) when civil war was waged on English soil.
The story begins when England when Queen Mary restored Catholicism, then Queen Elizabeth restored the protestant faith. The period is when Protestants and Catholics were martyred. A time in the 16th century when Henry Cavendish; the eldest son of Bess of Hardwick, allegedly fathered numerous illegitimate sons around the shires. His procreations were particularly active in Derbyshire when he seduces a vicar's daughter on one of his excursions into Derby. The vicar's daughter Sylvia becomes his life long mistress and he provides a small manor house for her and their son; Robert Cavendish.
The family and England survived the civil war and the Cromwell years of parliamentary rule to be followed by the restoration of the monarchy. With Charles II on the throne and Robert Cavendish reaching maturity he sets off to seek his fortune in London. In a coffee house he makes the acquaintance of Samuel Pepys who becomes a life long friend of the family. With introductions from Samuel Pepys', Robert invests in the fashionable import trade of tobacco from Virginia and soon he becomes a wealthy man.
Robert marries and raises a family only to have to flee London as the Black Death or plague takes a grip and the grim reaper harvests his dead as far a Eyam in Derbyshire. Eventually the plague is brought under control and eliminated by the great Fire of London which started in Pudding Lane.
Robert Cavendish and his family return to CAVENDISH HOUSE their family home in Newington green London and begin to rebuild their lives. The family fortunes ebb and flow through the Dutch wars and Robert's descendants eventually become anti-slave traders. They sell their tobacco investments and re-invest in the Hudson Bay fur trade and the birth of Canada as a nation.


Used availability for Malcolm Brocklehurst's Out Roads

Hardback Editions

May 2010 : USA Hardback

Title: The House of Cavendish-Out Roads: A Tale of Love, Sexuality, Intrigue, and Murder
Author(s): Malcolm Brocklehurst
ISBN: 1-60860-307-5 / 978-1-60860-307-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Eloquent Books
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Kindle Editions

March 2014 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: The House of Cavendish - Outroads
Author(s): Malcolm Brocklehurst
Publisher: PublishNation
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