Paperback - 288 pages (April 1, 1999)
Breakwater Books Ltd; ISBN: 1550811452
This is a novel of political intrigue, spies and treason in medieval Newfoundland. The year is 1504
and Father Ralph Fletcher, a young priest, is paid forty silver coins called testoons to stay and
minister to the winter crew while the summer fleet returns to England. He becomes swept up in
intrigue, as the winter crew attempts to depose King Henry VII of England in favour of a Yorkist
pretender. Father Ralphs role in the plot becomes clearhe is to sanctify the actions, while striving to
convert the native Beothuk to Christianity.
About the Author
Alan Fisk was born in 1950, and lived in Singapore, Austria, and England before coming to
Newfoundland in 1972, where he was first a graduate student at Memorial University and then an
economist in the Newfoundland public service. He has had many magazine articles and short stories
published in countries all over the world. Forty Testoons is his third novel. Alan Fisk is the nephew
of the distinguished French author Jean Bassan, and is now at work on a novel set in the artistic
community of sixteenth-century Florence.