Treason

A Catholic Novel of Elizabethan England

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As Stephen Long steps ashore in England one gray dawn in May 1581, he wonders how many more Catholics will have to die to make Queen Elizabeth feel secure. Involuntarily, he trembles at the thought that soon he may be numbered among them.

For in the days ahead, each time Stephen hears confession or celebrates Mass, he commits yet another act of high treason against the British Crown, for which Queen Elizabeth's swift penalty is gruesome torture and painful death. As Stephen hastens to find shelter away from that open beach, he struggles not only with fear but with doubt, as well: “Is my mission foolish? Am I nothing more than fresh meat for the queen's butchers?”

In the light of that same gray dawn, just a few miles north, a heartbroken Caroline Wingate lies awake in her unhappy marriage bed, wrestling with thoughts of a different — perhaps crueler — martyrdom.

Although from her earliest years Caroline has known herself to be called to cloistered contemplative life as a nun, some years ago she was forced by her father into a politically “safe” marriage with an upright Protestant, from whom she must hide her Catholicism — and her true vocation — lest she, too, be executed for her faith.

Hanging by the neck is swift martyrdom, but Caroline's doubts and guilt have pained her daily for years now. An exile in her own soul, in her lonely desolation she confesses, “I don't love my husband as I should. For safety's sake, I cannot give myself wholly to him and must deceive him daily. Nor can I give myself to the One I truly love.”

In a few days, circumstances will force Caroline and the young priest together. With death hastening toward both of them, the beautiful fates of these two faithful Catholics confirm what we today too often forget: our faith is the most powerful force in the world — more powerful than politics, wars, or empires. More powerful even than the hard, cold will of Queen Elizabeth.

In this gripping, heartrending tale, Caroline and Stephen show us that it's not power that writes the true history of the world; it's faith: faith and the love that faith alone can awaken and sustain.

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"Treason is one of the most powerful historical novels I've ever read. It brings to vivid and shocking life the age in which Shakespeare lived and in which the English martyrs died."

Joseph Pearce
Writer-in-Residence, Aquinas College

"Excellent and often moving testimony of how God works through His Church to offer hope, comfort, and, of course, truth."


Our Sunday Visitor

"Excellent and often moving testimony of how God works through His Church to offer hope, comfort, and, of course, truth."


Our Sunday Visitor

"Excellent and often moving testimony of how God works through His Church to offer hope, comfort, and, of course, truth."


Our Sunday Visitor

"Excellent and often moving testimony of how God works through His Church to offer hope, comfort, and, of course, truth."


Our Sunday Visitor
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  • Format(s): Paperback, eBook, Audiobook
  • ISBN: 978-1-933184-92-0
  • Product Code: 4920
  • Availability: In Stock
  • Publication Date: April 01, 2013
  • Categories: Audiobooks, By Title, Church History, eBooks, Fiction
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Great story, well-developed characters, superb pacing
Dena's attention to detail, descriptions, and terminology transports the reader to another place and time. I have now been to England as a Catholic in the late 1500s. Thank you, Dena!
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Sensitive and Enlightening on a Dark Time in History
Definitely one of the best books I have read recently. The intertwining stories form a powerful illustration of the hardships in trying to choose between loyalty to country, loyalty to God, and loyalty to family, and even loyalty to self. The writing is beautiful and the serious sensitivity Dena Hunt shows to everyone is enlightening.
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This is a "must-read"
A terribly sad but totally uplifting story. I know there are many places in our world where Christians, especially Catholics, are persecuted, but I had never thought about the human, personal side of that persecution. I was moved to tears with this story and can only praise and thank God that I have not had to live with such persecution.
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Outstanding Catholic Fiction!
This novel is not only artistic mastery, but a moving and inspiring reminder that our Catholic faith is a great gift and the freedom to express our faith is also a gift and should never be taken for granted. This is the kind of book that should become a classic of Catholic literature. I cannot recommend it highly enough. If I could give it more than five stars, I would.
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Beautifully written, timeless, and hopeful. It tells of the brutal reality of Elizabethan England that is not well known, but it is a breath of fresh air for readers who are tired of modern novels with mediocre characterization and pointless endings. Read the introduction by Joseph Pearse on what makes good literature. Read all the way to the very end. It is not very long, but it is powerful. It can change your life. Read it!
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