Ye olde filth

By Rick Bryant In Uncategorized

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25th October, 2003
Peter Ackroyd's historical novel is a hard-nosed crime/espionage thriller with enough sex, violence, intrigue and suspense to translate to popular television - although I don't fancy our unstable American cousins would contemplate it, the potential for excess and grossness and, er, "reality" notwithstanding. A conspiracy among England's power elite seeks to support an illegal power-grab (by Henry IV, in 1399) by staging a diversionary publicity stunt, comprising a series of church bombings. Things go wrong, as they do, and quite a few people are killed for reasons of urgent political ...

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