Tadcaster author Tony Morgan’s latest book, The Pearl of York, Treason and Plot, is a gripping historical novel, set in the atmospheric streets and buildings of Tudor York.
When Margaret Clitherow is arrested for illegally harbouring Catholic priests in The Shambles, a group of her friends, led by a youthful Guy Fawkes, face a race against time to save her from the gallows. As events unfold, their lives, and our history, change forever.
Although most of the action takes place within York’s city walls, Guy also journeys through the countryside, visiting Rufforth, Tockwith, Knaresborough and Scotton.
Tony became fascinated by the story behind York’s most famous (and infamous) Tudor residents. “Margaret, known as the Pearl of York, and Guy, famous for his role in the Gunpowder Plot, were raised by prosperous Protestant families. Both became Catholic enemies of the state. When I was writing the book, I asked myself what events could have persuaded a happily married woman to consider martyrdom or transform a young Yorkshireman into a terrorist.” The rest of us will have to read the book to find out.
All profits from the sale of Tony’s novels and history talks will be donated to St Leonard’s Hospice in York, an independent charity, which provides specialist palliative care and support for local people with life limiting illnesses. Jill Roberts, Corporate and Community Fundraiser at St Leonard’s, said “We’re delighted to know once again Tony is supporting the hospice in 2020 with the profits from his novels and history talks. Every book sold raises valuable funds for the hospice and our patients.”
Picture: Tony Morgan (author) and Jill Roberts (St Leonard’s Hospice)
Following the success of his debut novel, Remember, Remember the 6th of November, the new release is almost guaranteed to rocket up the charts.
The Pearl of York, Treason and Plot is available from 1st March on Amazon in Kindle and paperback formats. Signed copies are also available directly from Tony in the York, Harrogate and Leeds areas, for example at Tony’s history talks.