It is 1679 and England is awash with suspicion. Fear of conspiracy and religious terrorism has provoked panic in politicians and a zealous reaction from the legal system.
Everywhere - or so it is feared - Catholic agents are plotting to overthrow the King.
Now Samuel Pepys, Secretary of the Admiralty, finds himself in a position few people then or now would have expected - charged with treason and facing a show trial and execution.
Imprisoned in the Tower of London and abandoned by the embattled King, Pepys sets to work investigating his mysterious accuser, Colonel John Scott, and uncovers a life riddled with ambition, forgery, treason and - ultimately - murder.
Using rare access to Pepys' own account of the affair, James Long and Ben Long brilliantly evoke a turbulent period in England's history - and tell the forgotten story of the two most dangerous years in the life of the legendary diarist.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 336 pages, illustrations
- Publisher: Faber & Faber
- Publication Date: 16/08/2007
- Category: Biography: historical, political & military
- ISBN: 9780571227136