Doctor Lopez: Trapped in the Royal Web



Fleeing from the Portuguese Inquisition to England, Roderigo “Ruy” Lopez, a Jewish doctor, establishes himself in London. He gains a prestigious post at St. Bart’s Hospital and becomes the personal physician to Queen Elizabeth I and several aristocrats including the Earl of Essex.

All goes well until Sir Francis Walsingham, the head of the queen’s Secret Service, conscripts Lopez to be a spy and engage in espionage. He now has to follow what Spain, England’s great enemy, is plotting.

Subsequently, the unwary Lopez becomes inadvertently trapped in the royal web as the political battles between the queen’s important ministers and the vengeful Essex unfold. Lopez has no way of seeing how his international ventures will backfire on him, and being Jewish in an anti-Semitic court does not help.

The author, David Lawrence-Young, has based this novel on real events in the life of Roderigo Lopez in the 1500s.

  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 250 pages
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1956381139
  • Author: David Lawrence-Young

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