Introducing… the hero
This dangerous looking fellow with a gun is Daniel Defoe.
As a young man, he took part in the Monmouth rebellion against the King James II – for which others were tortured and executed.
Bet you didn’t know THAT! Bet you thought he spent his life sitting on his backside writing books like Robinson Crusoe. Well, think again…
Defoe worked as a spy for James’s daughter, Queen Anne, wrote propaganda that sometimes backfired (getting him thrown in prison), and traded tobacco, beer, wine, silks, muslins, cochineal, wax, dates, tea and ostrich feathers.
But at the start of What If The Queen Should Die?, he’s lost everything, and he’s desperate…
How to get your hands on this extraordinary book
This novel was published through the ingenious (and exhausting) mechanism of crowd-funding. It’s distributed by Penguin Random House.
If you are a person with great taste, you may go ahead and buy the Kindle Edition, here