Cue for Treason


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Cue for Treason
Author Geoffrey Trease
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre(s) Fiction
Publisher Blackwell
Released 1940
Media Type Book
Pages 281

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14 year old Peter Brownrigg, who lives in Cumberland in England, escapes from his village to escape death for attempting to attack Sir Philip Morton, a local nobleman, with a rock. However, he goes to Penrith, but soon leaves when he discovers that Sir Philip is also in Penrith searching for him. He hides in an acting troupe's fake coffin.

To his horror, the coffin is carried away before he has a chance to escape and is taken away on the troupe's carriage. However, they soon discover Peter hiding and shelter him. During the night, he discovers a boy named Kit Kirkstone hiding amongst them who threatens to kill Peter if he does not co-operate. Mr. Desmond, the leader of the troupe, discovers Kit and allows him and Peter to join his troupe. Kit is discovered to be excellent at playing female roles while Peter plays understudy to the actors. After an argument followed by a fight, Kit's secret was revealed. She was actually a girl named Katherine "Kit" Russell who was betrothed to Sir Philip as she was from a wealthy family. The troupe later travelled to London to perform. However, Desmond broke his leg in a river accident and Kit and Peter were to go on ahead of them while Desmond's leg healed. After a series of ordeals, Kit and Peter find out about a secret plot to assassinate Queen Elizabeth I of England by Sir Philip and his associates.

After several more surprises, Kit and Peter found themselves in the Queen's English Secret Service. They travelled back to Peter's village in disguise after discovering a message to meet in Sir Philip's personal peel tower. Peter was captured when he sneaked in and overheard the plan. He was taken for questioning on a deserted island but escaped after knocking the guard unconscious. He travelled back to meet Kit and tell her the plan. They journey to London where the Queen's assassination was to take place but were quickly chased by Sir Philip and his men. They outran them and met Desmond and the rest of the troupe who were on the road. Peter told them of the plot and of a plan to stop Sir Philip. The troupe dressed up in their soldier costumes and rigged the horses to sound like an army of horsemen ready to attack on his command. Sir Philip surrendered and was taken into custody later by authorities. They make a desperate dash back to London, and John Somers, the man who was to shoot Queen Elizabeth, is captured by guards moments before he could shoot. Kit and Peter meet with the Queen and explain the story to her. Peter and Kit get married and have children in their dream home, a lakeside house in Cumberland.

Characters of "Cue for Treason"

  • Peter Brownrigg - 14 year old boy, and the main character of the story, he starts off his journey after leaving Cumberland to hide from Sir Philip.
  • Kit Kirtstone - also know as Katherine Russell, the future wife of Sir Philip, but decides to run away from home instead to avoid being married to him.
  • Mr. Desmond - the owner of the troupe that brings in Peter and Kit.
  • Mrs. Desmond - the wife of Mr.Desmond.
  • Sir Philip - the future husbond of Kit, the guy who fence around the commonland, and also takes part in a group to kill the Queen's life.
  • William Shakespierre - one of the greatest playwrites of all time, he takes in Peter and Kit to become his apprantices.
  • Mr. Bubrage - the top actor at the Global Theater.

Chapter Summaries

There are 25 Chapters in this book, the remaining chapters will be here shortly

Chapter 1: Dawn is Dangerous

14 year old, Peter Brownrigg joins his father and his older brother, Tom on a raid on Sir Philip's Wall. The Neighbors and them go and destroy the wall, which was around the commonland. Apon, arrive Peter's dad gave him to scout/look if anybody else is coming. Therefore, Peter goes and spots Sir Philip coming at dawn. He whistles to warn people to leave, but is spotted by Sir Philip, who shoots a bullet from his pistol towards him. Luckly the bullet bounced it off a rock, and then he was saved. He threw a rock at Sir Philip, but he left his cap as it fell off his head. Peter heads home.

Chapter 2: Escape

After that incident, Peter heads to school at Crostwaithe. There, he attended classes. That day, Sir Philip and another men went to find him, because they knew he was part of the people who broke the wall since his bullet-hole cap was left there. Sir Philip tries to find him at school, but Peter manages to get on his slow pony and make it back to home. There, his parents tell him he should leave, and Peter decided to goto Penrith.

Chapter 3: Peril at Penrith

Peter heads up to the Stronghold to wait out sometime, then makes it to Penrith the next day. Apon arrival, he meets Tom, one of his friends who tells him that Sir Philip is going crazy trying to find him. There he goes into an inn, and then goes and watches a play, he goes in, and then realizes that Sir Philip also comes and watches the same play. Sir Philips sees the Peter, and Peter goes right into the actors' room, Peter quickly hides in a Box (Stage Prop) that was to be taken onto the the stage, while Sir Philip demands to search the room to look for Peter.

Chapter 4: There Is Safety In Coffins

With Sir Philip still searching the room, the stage prop Peter is hiding in is taken by one of the actors on stage with Peter still inside. Later after the play has ended the theater troupe begins to pack up all of the props, including the box with Peter inside. Peter is placed in the wagon and the troupe heads on their way to the next stop on the map.