The Tournament

The Tournament

eBook - 2013
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Adventure fiction. England, 1546. A young Princess Elizabeth is surrounded by uncertainty. The Black Death stalks the land and with it deadly conspiracies against her. She is not currently in line for the throne, but she remains a threat to her older sister and brother. In the midst of this fevered atmosphere comes an unprecedented invitation from the Sultan in Constantinople. He seeks to assemble the finest players of chess from the whole civilised world and pit them against each other. The prize? Fabulous wealth but also the honour of Christendom. Roger Ascham, Elizabeth's teacher and mentor, is determined to keep her out of harm's way and also continue her education in the art of power and politics. Ascham resolves to take Elizabeth with him when he accompanies the English chess champion to the Ottoman capital. But once there, the two find more danger than they left behind.
Publisher: London :, Orion,, 2013.
ISBN: 9781476749594
1476749590
9781409134244
1409134245
1409134229
9781409134220
1409134237
9781409134237
Characteristics: 1 online resource (410 pages)
Summary: Adventure fiction. England, 1546. A young Princess Elizabeth is surrounded by uncertainty. The Black Death stalks the land and with it deadly conspiracies against her. She is not currently in line for the throne, but she remains a threat to her older sister and brother. In the midst of this fevered atmosphere comes an unprecedented invitation from the Sultan in Constantinople. He seeks to assemble the finest players of chess from the whole civilised world and pit them against each other. The prize? Fabulous wealth but also the honour of Christendom. Roger Ascham, Elizabeth's teacher and mentor, is determined to keep her out of harm's way and also continue her education in the art of power and politics. Ascham resolves to take Elizabeth with him when he accompanies the English chess champion to the Ottoman capital. But once there, the two find more danger than they left behind.

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SEBoiko
Sep 17, 2015

If aggression meets empty space it tends to defeat itself.

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SEBoiko
Sep 17, 2015

An angry mind does not do anything well.

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SEBoiko
Sep 17, 2015

There is no better lesson than seeing something with your own eyes.

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SEBoiko
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They are priests, not angels.

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What people do in the name of religion is not necessarily religious.

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Chess is the sport of sports.

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kgillham
Jul 05, 2017

One of his best yet!

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cmlibrary_tjansen
Dec 17, 2015

I really enjoyed this! It was a combo of real people who MIGHT have connected, and fictional people. I thought the plot idea was unique and the twists and turns fascinating!

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willdawg_0
Dec 04, 2015

Not typical Reilly. While it had a good story line, there was way too much graphic sexual content for my taste. Personally, I would have enjoyed it more if it had been a bit more discreet.

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creeker868
Aug 09, 2015

Not the expected from Matthew Reilly. Story is set in 1546 and involves Elizabeth ! is 13. Premise she travels to to Ottoman Empire with her teacher and gets involved in solving a mystery. While unexpected this is still a fun read.

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