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The Plot

By Kate Braithwaite

A thrilling historical novel of an assassination plot, conspiracy and divided loyalties in seventeenth century England.

London 1678.

Charles II is likely to die without a legitimate heir. His Catholic brother, James, is next in line to the throne. Across the country, fear of a return to Catholicism and its cruel persecution runs rife.

Fueling the hysteria are rumours of a Catholic plot to assassinate the king. Orchestrated by Titus Oates, its validity seems confirmed when prominent magistrate, Sir Edmund Godfrey is brutally murdered and his body thrown into a ditch.

Nathaniel Thompson, close ally to the king, is certain Oates’ claims are a hoax. He is determined to expose Oates as the traitor he truly is.

But Nat’s convictions put him directly in sight of the conspirators. Those who will stop at nothing to spread fear and unrest.

Nat’s loyalty is tested — to his King, country and even his wife.

Can he find allies willing to prove his case without losing his livelihood, his marriage . . . even his life?

Based on the true events of the Popish Plot in late 17th century England, The Plot is perfect for fans of Robert Harris, Andrew Taylor, C. J. Sansom, S. J. Parris S.G. Maclean, A.D. Swanston, Sam Burnell, and Ken Follett.

Please note this was previously published as The Road to Newgate.


Moved me greatly and brought tears to my eyes. Gripping, moving, and brilliantly captures this tense and sometimes brutal episode in late seventeenth-century English history.’ Andrea Zuvich, author of A Year in the Life of Stuart Britain

‘A real pleasure to read.’ Denis Bock, author of The Ash Garden

‘Meticulously researched, vividly imagined, and deftly plotted. Rich, resonating and relevant.’ Catherine Hokin, author of The Fortunate Ones

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