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Gloriana's Torch

(2003)
(The third book in the David Becket and Simon Ames series)
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1587 and the Spanish are preparing to launch the Armada, their Holy Enterprise of England, to rescue the English from heresy and Elizabeth, their Witch-Queen. Ex-soldier David Becket, now responsible for the Queen's Ordnance but struggling to deal with his tortured past in the Tower of London and on the battlefields of Europe, discovers that large quantities of gunpowder are going astray. Can someone in the heart of the English government be selling it to the Spanish? Unaccountably he is plagued by vivid dreams of England invaded, an alternative story where the Armada is victorious. Simon Ames, Becket's old friend, has been captured by the Inquisition in Lisbon as he attempts to elicit vital information for the Queen. His wife, Rebecca; a black slave, Merula, and Becket are permitted to rescue him on one condition. They must also infiltrate the Spanish fleet and unravel the riddle of the Miracle of Beauty. But Simon has been sentenced to work as a galley slave on the Armada and, chained to an oarbench, is now bound for England. Patricia Finney's brilliant reworking of the Armada legend is an imaginative tour de force and illustrates how different England's history could have been had the Spanish landed. Thrilling, intricate and inspiring, this is a tale of gods, of courage, of love, and, ultimately, of redemption.

Genre: Historical

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Used availability for Patricia Finney's Gloriana's Torch

Hardback Editions

November 2003 : USA Hardback
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Title: Gloriana's Torch
Author(s): Patricia Finney
ISBN: 0-312-31285-7 / 978-0-312-31285-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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August 2003 : UK Hardback
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Title: Gloriana's Torch
Author(s): Patricia Finney
ISBN: 0-7528-1180-0 / 978-0-7528-1180-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orion
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Paperback Editions

November 2004 : USA Paperback
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Title: Gloriana's Torch: A Novel
Author(s): Patricia Finney
ISBN: 0-312-31286-5 / 978-0-312-31286-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
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August 2004 : UK Paperback
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Title: Gloriana's Torch
Author(s): Patricia Finney
ISBN: 0-7538-1804-3 / 978-0-7538-1804-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Phoenix
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September 2003 : UK Paperback
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Title: Gloriana's Torch
Author(s): Patricia Finney
ISBN: 0-7528-6062-3 / 978-0-7528-6062-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orion
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Kindle Editions

February 2017 : Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Gloriana's Torch
Author(s): Patricia Finney
Publisher: Climbing Tree Books
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