“With style and verve Marie Macpherson whirls us into the world of sixteenth-century Scotland: its sights and smells, sexual attraction, childbirth and death, and of course the ever looming threat of religious strife. Few are the known facts of John Knox’s first thirty and more years, but this vivid creation of a fictional life for him not only entertains but raises many questions in the reader’s mind about the character and motives of a dominating figure in Scottish history.”

Dr Rosalind K Marshall, Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, research associate of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, to which she has contributed more than fifty articles, and author of biographies of Mary, Queen of Scots, Mary of Guise, John Knox, Elizabeth I and Bonnie Prince Charlie.


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