Giam Bellini rising star of Murano glassmaking falls in love
with lady Maria Morisini and lights the fuse of an explosive tale
of betrayal and intrigue encompassing the corrupt world of
Venetian and English politics.
A fugitive from Venetian law, Giam uncovers the Maldini plot
threatening the life of Queen Elizabeth I of England and Lady
Maria. As a partner of the Crouched Friars Glass-works, Giam
hopes to become Glassmaker to Queen Elizabeth, in
competition with the Glass-Sellers Association, but Sir Richard
Urie, their leader, has his partner assassinated.
Recruited by Sir William Cecil, Giam begins a desperate race to
thwart the Maldini plotters and rescue Maria from the clutches
of the Venetian envoy, his arch-rival and betrayer, Adrian

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About Peter Cooke

Born in Belper, Derbyshire 24th November, 1936 and educated at the local grammar school. At various times, I have been a Laboratory Manager, Dyehouse Manager, Chief Colourist, General Manager, Group Operations Manager, Teacher, Lecturer, Pensions Officer, Retired. Writer, Author and Publisher.

I married my partner on 30th October, 2009. I have one son, born 1977 and have inherited a large family from my new wife.

Hobbies: Cricket(playing), Football(watching Man. United), History (especially 16th Century), Collecting glass, painting and writing. (but not necessarily in that order)

How do I occupy my time? Apart from writing and publishing books that is. Well, I'm a practising Christian, which to me means I am very much involved in church matters in Baildon where I have lived for over thirty years. I'm a Deputy Churchwarden and former C of E school governor. We have done a very unfashionable thing in the Church of England, we've built a church, not closing it. St.James is a 100 year old sectional wooden church, originally erected in Great Warley in Essex and transported to Yorkshire on a traction engine. The church has been carefully taken apart, moved to a new site thirty yards away and rebuilt. The remaining land was sold for housing and the money used to rebuild the church and a new meeting room with kitchens and toilets etc. The church is now finished and is fantastic. It is being used by a large number of people each week as we have develop it as a multi-purpose community church.

The recent launch party for my latest novel Blood-Red Goblet was held in the church main hall and was a great success. See the photos at the post Book Lunch Party

All books by Peter Cooke

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