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By Patricia Finney

By the writer of Firedrake's Eye: a masterpiece of voice, ancient element, and mental perception to rival Peter Ackroyd and A. S. Byatt

England within the mid-1580s confronted an array of foreign foes and was once torn internally via non secular strife. At its middle was once a moderate girl of remarkable highbrow brilliance. Her stature approached that of a deity -- Queen Elizabeth I, the Virgin Queen. yet this icon was once greater than a mirrored image of the Queen's own aura, it used to be a political construction, designed to carry a fractious humans together.

Unicorn's Blood is ready a perilous mystery, the life of a personal diary stored by means of the Queen as a tender princess. should still this stolen magazine, embroidered with a unicorn that has a ruby for an eye fixed, fall into the incorrect fingers, its intimate revelations might damage the total edifice of Tudor government.

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