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    Dominic Green(Author)

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The tragic story of the real-life Shylockwas highly acclaimed in all its reviews on publication'The dramatic life and the horrifying traitor's death at Tyburn of Elizabeth I's personal physician, Roderigo Lopez, is the pivot on which Dominic Green spins an elaborate narrative of Elizabethan court life, dramatic political intrigues and Spanish spying tied into rivalry between Lord Burghley and the Earl of Essex, and a possible plot to poison the Queen.It's wonderfully robust, double-dealing stuff, tricked out from original research and coloured by fascinating period detail' The Times

"A plot worthy of le Carre at his most labyrinthine... Green writes with colour, pace and a fine sense of drama" (The Spectator)"As a subject for popular history, Elizabethan espionage is hard to beat ... An exciting and significant new spin on the history of the period" (Daily Telegraph)"Dominic Green has written much more than a true-life political thriller ... The Double Life of Doctor Lopez is a brilliant book. Green handles the fiendishly complicated plot with great deftness and brings to the story an expert understanding of the Elizabethan world view. But what really stuns is the quality of Green's writing, which manages to be elegant, precise and rich at the same time. His is a major talent" (Mail on Sunday)"Green tells [the story] with brio and with a happy gift for bringing Tudor London to life" (Sunday Times)"[Takes its] readers beneath the familiar surface of Tudor politics into the ruthless underworld of international espionage ... skilful and scholarly" (Sunday Telegraph)

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  • PDF | 416 pages
  • Dominic Green(Author)
  • Arrow; New edition edition (3 Jun. 2004)
  • English
  • 10
  • Biography

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  • By S. W. Trinder on 20 November 2012

    This book is the most amazing work one can read on Elizabethan England. In some strange way it fits all the sterio-typical ideas one can have about plots in a poisonous period. Forget about mirky Walsingham operating like a spider from the centre of his Whitehall web machinating, manipulating multiple murderous moles, forget the murder of Christopher Marlowe in dank Deptford, let the identity of Shakespeare's boring 'dark lady' pass by unnoticed. All these cases fade away in comparison with this book which although diabolic in its complexity is quite simple in comprehension. Be ready !!!! arm yourself with a soft leaded pencil, bookmarks and a sheet of A4 because you will find that the endpapers of the book are insufficient space to cram your notes onto as to the main contenders and their contacts make themselves known as this plot unravels. Double headed arrows between names will become a common device. This book has the full apparatus of notes and bibliography. Beware once taken up this book will become a serious addiction. The cat will go unfed, the bed unmade, the fridge will empty, telephones go unanswered, partners unloved !!!! (almost).In one place the evidence thins in proved linkage between two of the victim conspirators but that is to be expected after 416 years of fragile record keeping when remember most of these twilight people, except Dr Lopez, that inhabit this book wanted any link proving they knew each other dissolved by the acidity of their lemon based ink. Dominic Green has done wonderfully well in persevering with this book. It is an excellent example of a specific case showing how Elizabethan faction operated and how dominant the Cecils were at the court of the great queen. Elizabeth has traditionally been portrayed favourably as never to let one faction gain control or overwhelming dominance in comparison with the incompetent Stuarts who let favourites rule them. This book shows the lengths the Cecils had to stretch to remain the chief faction at court.

  • By Hank Norville Carter on 9 June 2006

    I bought this book because it was offered to me at a stupidly low price and I thought that maybe Francis Walsingham or William Cecil would be viewed from yet another perspective. In short I had very low expectations and only started it when another book I had ordered was delayed and I had nothing else to read. HOW WRONG I WAS!!! This is a fantastic book! Dominic Green's style of writing is the perfect balance between information (too much can be overpowering) and interest/excitement.His descriptions of the Drake/Norris attack on Spain and Portugal are equal parts tragedy and comedy. He writes that a senior officer tripping over his own pike and fatally wounding himself was the perfect episode to capture the essense of the expedition.This book deserves more. More advertising. More debate. MORE READERS.Dominic Green is a writer to watch out for. I will pre-order his next book the moment I am made aware of its existence.

  • By shtove on 4 April 2014

    Agree with other reviewers.I had problems early on with the author's style: the clauses were a bit stuttery, and too many sentences began with, "Having..." I suppose Latin learning needs a bit of overcoming.Having ... said that, he is far more readable than John Bossy, who tells equally complex stories from this period of vicious duplicity..It's a fascinating portrait of a man caught in the vice of ruthless factions. The insights on the Cecil-Essex struggle were new to me. Overall the mood is set by the fact this guy ain't going to escape his fate..

  • By David Llewellyn on 25 April 2011

    I read this book about two years ago, so apologies for the lack of detail, but I'd heartily recommend it. It's a gripping account of a half-buried chapter of British history, filled with the underground machinations of Elizabethan intelligence networks. The scope of it is epic, with a massive cast that's well-managed by author Green. It's central character, the eponymous Doctor Lopez, makes for a fascinating protagonist. Vain, a little naive, perhaps, but sympathetic also.Possibly my favourite non-fiction work of the last five years.


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