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...
About the Author
S. J. PARRIS is a contributing journalist for various newspapers and
magazines including the Observer, the Guardian, and the New
"A vigorous philosophical thriller. . . . Bruno commands our attention and our sympathy as any likable heretic should." --The Washington Post Book World
"Heresy is a must-read for every fan of historical thrillers. . . . Giordano Bruno turns out to be that rare hero, charismatic and nuanced enough to impel an encore, and to leave us asking for more." --Matthew Pearl, author of The Dante Club
"Move over C. J. Sansom, S.J. Parris has arrived.... Brilliant." --The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
"An intelligent and nail-biting debut." --The Daily Beast
"Heresy has everything--intrigue, mystery, excellent history and haunting sense of place. The beginning of a wonderful new detective series." --Kate Mosse, author of Labyrinth
"Set in the time of Elizabeth I, Heresy could happily follow on Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall about Henry VIII and his relationship with Thomas Cromwell. Both evoke the tensions, turbulence and cruelty of Tudor England." --The Oxford Times
"The famous scientist Giordano Bruno, erupts with volcanic force from the pages of S. J. Parris's spellbinding debut novel, Heresy. Blending the philosophical sleuthing skills of Brother Cadfael with the magic sorcery of Voldemort, Bruno cracks the secret code, unraveling a church conspiracy as deep and dark as that in a Dan Brown novel." --Katherine Neville, bestselling author of The Eight and The Fire
"Grafts a powerful murder mystery onto the novel of academia. . . . Complex and carefully controlled. . . . Readers who like to immerse themselves in a good tale . . . will undoubtedly enjoy this book." --The Washington Times
"A splendid, unputdownable whodunit." --Edward Rutherfurd, author of London
"As colorful, multi-layered, and criminally creative a story as any mystery lover could wish for. . . . From Cobbett the gatekeeper to the complex Bruno himself, Parris pours extraordinary care and human insight into her creations." --Historical Novels Review
"This is a mystery of religion and politics at its best. . . . [A] stimulating blend of philosophy, religion and the academic life." --Curled Up With a Good Book
"Parris succeeds where much historical fiction fails in making her characters enlightened rather than medieval village idiots. The collegiate infighting could be from Lucky Jim." --The Observer (London)
"Atmospheric and well-written. . . . Bruno is a clever choice of hero because of the way he seems not merely modern but actually to stand outside of history. . . . Fascinatingly sincere." --The Guardian (London)
"Heresy is a riveting read. Rich in both historical detail and ingenious twists, S. J. Parris has created a character in Giordano Bruno that will endure. A true rival to C. J. Sansom." --Sam Bourne, bestselling author of The Righteous Men
"The Eco-echoes are resonant enough to lend Heresy more than a pinch of [The Name of the Rose's] magic. . . . Parris paces her yarn perfectly." --The Telegraph (London)
"Fascinating . . . The period is incredibly vivid and the story utterly gripping. Cadfael can't hold a candle to this." --Conn Iggulden, New York Times bestselling author of The Dangerous Book for Boys
"A rich, dark and utterly gripping tale, paced to perfection and populated with a glorious cast of characters." --Mark Mills, bestselling author of The Savage Garden