“Treason” by Berlie Doherty

Will Montague is a pImageage to Prince Edward, son of King Henry VIII. As the King’s favourite, Will gains many enemies in Court. His enemies convince the King that Will’s father has committed treason and he is thrown into Newgate Prison. Will flees Hampton Court and goes into hiding in the back streets of London. Lost and in mortal danger, he is rescued by a poor boy, Nick Drew. Together they must brave imprisonment and death as they embark on a great adventure to set Will’s father free.

What the author says:

I have always been fascinated by the Tudor period, especially during the reign of Henry VIII, who is himself one of the most fascinating kings in the history of England. England was scarcely out of the dark ages, yet on the brink of major exploration and discovery. When I first started to write the book I was most interested in my character Nick Drew, the boy who helps Will. He is a poor child who lives in a hovel, and his great ambition is to sail round the world. “I want to have adventures! I want to see everything there is to see: the monsters in the sea and the giants on the land.”

I started to write about him, but as I researched the period I became deeply interested in that other life, the wealthy life of the court, and the man at the helm of that tight ship who had so much power that he dared to defy the Pope – the infamous Henry VIII. So Treason takes us from one world to another, and at the centre of them both, a boy in danger.


We read this book in June 2013:

Our discussion included much well-reasoned comment, provocative questioning and good-natured humour. Unfortunately the details of all such erudition have been lost to the mists of time, along with Jill’s notebook!

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  1. hilaryfbbc

     /  September 4, 2013

    I enjoyed this book and luckily knew from the beginning that it was Junior Fiction – written evidently with young boys as the ‘target’ readers – those who hadn’t realised that mostly weren’t very impressed!


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