April 25, 2012

Author Guest Post and Giveaway: The Virgin and the Crab by Robert Parry

Today author Robert Parry is joining us with a guest post to celebrate the third birthday of his fantastic novel The Virgin and the Crab!

He has also generously donated a copy of this novel to be given away to one lucky winner! There are several ways to enter:

To initially enter and get your name in the pot once, simply leave a comment here. If you would like to get your name in a second time, simply "like" Robert Parry's Facebook Page. For a third shot, "like" Everything Tudor's Facebook Page.

Let me know in your comment here which page (or both) you have liked. If you previously liked them, let me know, as it counts too!

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You must enter by May 1st. The winner will be randomly drawn and announced on May 2nd.

Now, please welcome author Robert Parry!

Thank you Elizabeth for joining with me in celebrating the 3rd Birthday of my novel ‘Virgin and the Crab.’ Your review from a couple of years back was among the first it ever received, and I’m so pleased that we can re-visit it again here today.

Since publication of the first edition in April of 2009, the book itself has continued to be enjoyed by more and more people, sales are steady, and I have continued writing, having published a further novel last year (The Arrow Chest) and another in the pipeline.

For those who have not heard of this story before, the title ‘Virgin and the Crab’ refers to the two principle characters therein – the Virgin (Virgo) for Elizabeth Tudor and the Crab (Cancer) for John Dee – one of the most remarkable men of the Tudor age, a mathematician, alchemist, astrologer and spy. The action takes place in the middle years of the 16th century during a period in which the throne of England saw no less than two kings and three queens all in the space of twelve years. This was the aftermath of the Reformation, of course, and was also one of the most dangerous and unpredictable times to be alive.

The novel questions whether during all this upheaval there might have been a secret society of dedicated men and women who worked behind the scenes, committed to guiding and protecting Elizabeth and steering a path for her through to safety. The society would have been based on a close network of Cambridge scholars, at the hub of which we find people such as Dee and also William Cecil who of course went on to become Elizabeth’s Chief Minister. Along the way we meet with the tragic demise of young King Edward, the ruthless plot to install Lady Jane Grey as Queen, the subsequent resistance and succession of Mary, the rebellion by Thomas Wyatt, aiming to halt her proposed marriage to a foreign prince, and then the back-lash of a brutal counter-Reformation in which such terrible cruelties were inflicted upon the English people – all set against the amazing story of Elizabeth herself and the series of dangers and obstacles she had to negotiate on her path towards the throne.

Well, all this sounds like I have given away a huge amount of spoilers here, but in fact the story itself is about so much more than the political machinations of the times. It is also Dee’s story, which is every bit as remarkable and about which I am not going to say very much at all. The subtitle, meanwhile, ‘Sketches, Fables and Mysteries …’ should serve to suggest that there is plenty more going on beneath the surface. I hope you will enter the contest to win a copy here on Everything Tudor.

My webpage can be found on: http://robertparry.wordpress.comAnd perhaps I will get to meet you sometime on my Facebook page, as well: https://www.facebook.com/RobertParry.author

I reviewed this novel back in 2010. Be sure to read my review here


  1. A great teaser for those of us that are new to Tudor history and fiction as I am, and have not had the fortune to read The Virgin and the Crab as of yet.

    I can guarantee that it is on my list to be added to myself and my other half's growing bookcase of Tudor related literature.

    I have already liked both Facebook pages during my quest to find sources of all things Tudor. I shall be sharing this blog on The Tudor Roses Facebook page.

    All the best to both of you!


  2. I don't know how ling I will have to wait for The Virgin and the Crab to arrive to my country, but I can't wait to sink my eyes in it.
    I have liked both FB pages.
    Thank you, and the best of luck.


  3. Wow, 'The Virgin and the Crab' sounds really interesting. I would definitely add this to my ever growing Tudor collection.
    I have 'liked' Everything Tudor Facebook page already.


  4. Great Post! I myself can't wait to read this novel.


  5. Ohhh! This book sounds. Even if I don't win a copy, I'm going to find it and read it!


    Anne Currin

  6. Hello, I'm participating in the giveaway!! The book seems great! I already liked both facebook pages!! Eliza.

  7. Wow, this looks amazing! It would be a perfect addition to my ever growing collection of Tudor books!
    I've already liked both pages :)

  8. I very like elizabeth times. Queen Elizabeth was amazing person. Brave, wit and inteligent. Her mother Anne Boleyn is my hero. I want to read this book. I like both facebook pages.

    My email ia magdalenamakowka@wp.pl

  9. It looks like such an amazing read. I have liked both pages :)


  10. I've wanted to read this one for a while now. I liked both pages. Thank you for the giveaway! mljcwsu at yahoo dot com


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