And this is the blurb:
A race is on across the flatlands of Lincolnshire to retrieve a five hundred year-old parchment. Revealing the secrets of Queen Anne Boleyn’s last confession, the parchment will re-write the history of the English monarchy. And some people are willing to kill to possess it.
Will Captain Rory McGregor (known as Rob Roy to his friends), ex-bomb disposal expert, mediaevalist and new hero on the block, unlock the mystery of the parchment’s whereabouts and beat the killers to it? And will he find true love on the way?
Find out in this modern-day swashbuckling tale of murder, betrayal and skulduggery in high places. PILGRIMAGE OF GRACE is a case of Alistair MacLean meets Dan Brown in a thoroughly British historical thriller.
I set out to write an American best seller: it worked quite well for the first three chapters. I could not, of course, make the hero a US Navy Seal but I gave him two tours in Afghanistan defusing roadside bombs. Then I got to chapter four and I could not force myself to award the heroine the mandatory four Doctorates of Philosophy . Instead I made her a failed medical student who was now the District Nurse in the village where she grew up.
It was like the little Dutch boy taking his finger out of the dyke. That trickle quickly led to a flood of characters demanding that I listen to them. Fortunately I had built a little hill called the Garter Serjeants and I simply went there and watched the flood of characters swirling and eddying about me. Now it has all settled down and I have drained the flooded ground to my publisher.
Sitting there with nothing but an oar that I occasionally used to stir things up, I had plenty time to think. Rory, my hero, behaved pretty much as I dictated for the first chapters so I thought it worthwhile to give him another chance. He will delve into the archives of the Garter Serjeants to find out what the members were doing in the past.
I want him to concentrate on the death of Mary, Queen of Scots, the restoration of the monarchy and the retreat of Charles from Derby. Rory is, however, too trusting so I know he will confide in Janet, the heroine. Even with a young child and another on the way, she will want to have her say. She has a down on me for disclosing the secrets of her first marriage so I expect that I will be side-lined again while the pair of them get on with the story.