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C. W. Gortner


C. W. Gortner

C. W. Gortner is the author of the acclaimed historical novels THE LAST QUEEN and THE CONFESSIONS OF CATHERINE DE MEDICI. He holds an MFA in writing with an emphasis on Renaissance studies from the New College of California. In his extensive travels to research his books, he has danced a galliard in a Tudor great hall and experienced life in a Spanish castle. He is also a dedicated advocate for animal rights and environmental issues. Half Spanish by birth, he lives in Northern California.

C. W. Gortner

Books by C. W. Gortner

by C. W. Gortner - Adventure, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Mystery, Mystery

London, 1558. Queen Mary is dead, and Elizabeth ascends the throne. Summoned to court from exile abroad, Elizabeth’s intimate spy, Brendan Prescott, is reunited with the young queen. Elizabeth dispatches him on a mission: to find her favored lady in waiting, Lady Parry. The mystery surrounding Lady Parry deepens as Brendan begins to realize there is far more going on at the manor than meets the eye. But the closer he gets, the more he learns that in his zeal to uncover the truth, he could be precipitating Elizabeth’s destruction.

by C. W. Gortner - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Mystery, Historical Thriller, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

Mary Tudor wears the English crown, but she needs an heir to deny her half-sister Elizabeth’s claim to the throne once and for all. Unfortunately, that heir proves hard to come by, and Mary’s tenuous grasp on the throne grows weaker with every rumor. When a known spy arrives at court, neither sister knows what to make of the situation.

by C. W. Gortner - Fiction, Historical Fiction

“No one believed I was destined for greatness.” So begins Isabella’s story, in C. W. Gortner’s novel about one of history’s most famous and controversial queens --- the warrior who united a fractured country, the champion of the faith whose reign gave rise to the Inquisition, and the visionary who sent Columbus to discover a New World.