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Heresy

(2010)
(The first book in the Giordano Bruno series)
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Masterfully blending true events with fiction, this blockbuster historical thriller delivers a page-turning murder mystery set on the sixteenth-century Oxford University campus.

Giordano Bruno was a monk, poet, scientist, and magician on the run from the Roman Inquisition on charges of heresy for his belief that the Earth orbits the sun and that the universe is infinite. This alone could have got him burned at the stake, but he was also a student of occult philosophies and magic.

In S. J. Parris's gripping novel, Bruno's pursuit of this rare knowledge brings him to London, where he is unexpectedly recruited by Queen Elizabeth I and is sent undercover to Oxford University on the pretext of a royal visitation. Officially Bruno is to take part in a debate on the Copernican theory of the universe; unofficially, he is to find out whatever he can about a Catholic plot to overthrow the queen.

His mission is dramatically thrown off course by a series of grisly murders and a spirited and beautiful young woman. As Bruno begins to discover a pattern in these killings, he realizes that no one at Oxford is who he seems to be. Bruno must attempt to outwit a killer who appears obsessed with the boundary between truth and heresy.

Like The Dante Club and The Alienist, this clever, sophisticated, exceptionally enjoyable novel is written with the unstoppable narrative propulsion and stylistic flair of the very best historical thrillers.

Genre: Historical Mystery

Praise for this book

"It has everything - intrigue, mystery, and excellent history." - Kate Mosse


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Hardback Editions

November 2010 : UK Hardback
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Title: Heresy
Author(s): S J Parris
ISBN: 1-4084-8719-5 / 978-1-4084-8719-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Windsor
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June 2010 : USA Hardback
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Title: Heresy: A Thriller
Author(s): S J Parris
ISBN: 1-4104-2656-4 / 978-1-4104-2656-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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March 2010 : UK Hardback
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Title: Heresy (Giordano Bruno, Book 1)
Author(s): S J Parris
ISBN: 0-00-731766-2 / 978-0-00-731766-0 (UK edition)
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February 2010 : USA Hardback
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Title: Heresy (Giordano Bruno, Book 1)
Author(s): S J Parris
ISBN: 0-385-53128-1 / 978-0-385-53128-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Doubleday
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Paperback Editions

March 2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: Heresy (Giordano Bruno, Book 1)
Author(s): S J Parris
ISBN: 0-00-748224-8 / 978-0-00-748224-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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March 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: Heresy (Giordano Bruno, Book 1)
Author(s): S J Parris
ISBN: 0-00-731770-0 / 978-0-00-731770-7 (UK edition)
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June 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: Heresy
Author(s): S J Parris
ISBN: 0-14-317248-4 / 978-0-14-317248-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Canada
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March 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: Heresy (Giordano Bruno, Book 1)
Author(s): S J Parris
ISBN: 0-00-731763-8 / 978-0-00-731763-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harper
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February 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: Heresy (Large Print Book)
Author(s): S J Parris
ISBN: 1-4084-8720-9 / 978-1-4084-8720-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: AUDIOGO
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February 2011 : USA Paperback
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Title: Heresy (Giordano Bruno Novels)
Author(s): S J Parris
ISBN: 0-7679-3252-8 / 978-0-7679-3252-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Anchor
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March 2010 : UK Paperback
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Title: Heresy (Giordano Bruno, Book 1)
Author(s): S J Parris
ISBN: 0-00-731767-0 / 978-0-00-731767-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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February 2010 : UK Paperback
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Title: Heresy
Author(s): S J Parris
ISBN: 0-14-317246-8 / 978-0-14-317246-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Canada
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Audio Editions

June 2013 : UK Audio CD
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Title: Heresy
Author(s): S J Parris
ISBN: 1-4712-3599-8 / 978-1-4712-3599-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
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February 2010 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Heresy
Author(s): S J Parris
ISBN: 0-307-71429-2 / 978-0-307-71429-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Audio
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February 2010 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Heresy
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February 2010 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Heresy
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2000 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Heresy
Author(s): John Lee (Narrator) S J Parris (Author)
ISBN: 0-307-71431-4 / 978-0-307-71431-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books On Tape
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Kindle Editions

March 2010 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Heresy (Giordano Bruno, Book 1)
Author(s): S J Parris
Publisher: HarperCollins
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February 2010 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Heresy (Giordano Bruno Novels Book 1)
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February 2010 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Heresy
Author(s): S J Parris
Publisher: Penguin Canada
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