The Journals of Matthew Quinton Book 8 (series prequel)
In 1651, eleven-year-old Matthew Quinton and his twin sister Henrietta discover long-forgotten papers of their larger-than life, buccaneering grandfather. Dating back to 1598, they show the children an England locked into a bitter war with Spain, and tell of the part their grandfather played in both great naval battles against the Spanish and in the intrigues over the succession to the ageing Queen Elizabeth.
But their findings are interrupted by the arrival of Roundhead troops intent on searching for their elder brother, the tenth Earl of Ravensden, who has been seriously wounded in the Cavalier cause.
Back in the present of 1651, England’s enemies are closer to home, with the country gripped by civil war. Now the Roundheads are closing in…