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Mass hysteria sweeps through the country with deadly consequences.

Beneath the wit and laughter of Charles II’s Restoration Court, political and religious tensions mount, and Countess Elizabeth Herbert tries to keep her family safe. 
When Titus Oates, a minister begging on the streets, claims to have uncovered a plot to kill the King and replace him with his Catholic heir, no one is safe from accusation. When suspicion falls on her husband, Elizabeth’s life is thrown into turmoil.
As a tangled web of lies and deceit unfolds, Elizabeth realises her husband is a pawn in a much larger game. Caught up in the mass hysteria sweeping the country she’s forced to fight back to stop his execution for high treason. But, how can a woman take on the most powerful men in England?

Set at a time of religious and political turmoil, when the fate of English rule is at stake, and it’s impossible to know who to trust ‘Reign of the Marionettes’ brims with historical detail and intrigue.


Anyone with an interest in British history will relish this book. InD'tale Magazine.

The period was a time full of unprecedented political and religious unrest. Allegiances changed, constantly fueled more by greed and power than by religious piety. The novel captures all these elements perfectly, and cries out for a stage or screen adaptation. Enthusiastically recommended".  Historical Novel Society.  

Any reader who enjoys historical fiction, a story with lots of intrigue, or just an excellent work of fiction in general should absolutely read this book. I am so pleased to be able to highly recommend Reign of the Marionettes. Readers Favorite

An excellent, enjoyable and edifying read.  I highly recommend Reign of the Marionettes.  Douglas Debelak author of the Ghostwriter Series



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New in 2018

So, You Say I Can't Vote. Frances Connelly: The Working-class Woman's Route to the Vote.


Sheena Macleod &Laura Linham


Women were granted the legal right to vote in Parliamentary elections in the UK in 1918. This right, however, extended only to property-owning, renting or university educated women over the age of thirty.

Seven years before this, Frances Connelly, a working woman walked past suffragists protesting outside the polling station in Yeovil, England, to cast her vote in an election. Her vote, and others like it, helped to keep the question in people’s minds — If one woman can vote, why not all?

Frances Connelly’s name is now largely unknown or forgotten. Her story is told here within the context of other women who voted in England before 1918, the struggles and complexities of the times in which these people lived and the contributions made by working-class women to women’s suffrage.


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