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Sisters of Treason by Elizabeth Fremantle
  

Sisters of Treason

Part of the The Tudor Trilogy Series
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February 2015 Book of the Month.

This is indeed a novel for obviously all the conversations are imagined but it is so bound in fact it might easily be non-fiction. A huge amount of history and copious potted biographies make for a fascinating and enthralling read, plus a family tree showing how the Greys, Tudors and Stuarts link. All that is just add-ons, the story itself is riveting. It is the tale of the two Grey sisters after the execution of Lady Jane and told in their voices, plus that of a court portrait painter, Levina. It adds nothing to the tale that we don’t already know but it is beautifully done.

Click here to see Queen's Gambit by the same author.

If you like Elizabeth Fremantle you might also like to read books by Emily Purdy, DarceyBonnette and Philippa Gregory.

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Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.

  • Ann Peet - 'Entertaining and well written historical novel...In fact, at times, it feels like reading a thriller.' Read full review >
  • Alan Brown - 'A forensic description of the life and intrigue in the Tudor court and an emotional description of the challenges...A satisfying read with excitement thrown in.' Read full review >
  • Barbara Goldie - 'I really enjoyed Sisters of Treason, thought it was a good length to immerse myself in the plot but not too heavy and longwinded, it has a good pace that keeps rolling along.' Read full review >
  • Susan Andrews - '...the author did make me feel the sheer terror of living with paranoid queens, where one false statement could have you in the tower or worse.Highly recommended.' Read full review >
  • Joy Bosworth - 'Fast, exciting and very gripping.An all enveloping treat of a book.' Read full review >
  • Rebecca Cockeram - 'Very interesting and an easy read, definitely recommend.' Read full review >
  • Maureen Gourlay - 'A really good "Tudor" read. I liked the different narrators within the story and its focus on Lady Jane Grey’s sisters, who are not so well known.' Read full review >
  • Jenny Heardman - 'This makes for a very interesting read and I enjoyed the way this book draws you in and makes you feel like you are living in Tudor times.' Read full review >
  • Carol - 'So well written, easy to follow, and a fab mix of true facts and embellishments. What a fantastic book!' Read full review >
  • Carolyn Huckfield - 'This is a very readable story with some elements of an historical thriller. Who will survive the perils of court life now?' Read full review >
  • Nicola Lowes – 'I enjoyed this book. The tensions of Tudor court life came across vividly.' Read full review >
  • Cathy Petersen - 'This was absorbing and well written, the plots, tensions and air of constant suspicion that seemed to permeate the successive Tudor Courts is vividly brought to life...'  Read full review >
  • Debbie Wood - 'A well written history book that drew you into the Tudor times.' Read full review >
  • Tracey Poulter - 'This is a complex period of history written about with a light touch that includes lovely little details from everyday life which helps to give a flavour of the time.' Read full review >
  • Carole Donald - 'This was a very interesting story which kept me turning the pages all the way through and was a thoroughly enjoyable read.' Read full review >

Synopsis

Sisters of Treason by Elizabeth Fremantle

Following the acclaimed Queen's Gambit, Elizabeth Fremantle brings us a new novel of intrigue and menace at the Tudor Court...1554: Lady Jane Grey is executed by her cousin Queen Mary...Now Lady Jane's younger sisters Katherine and Mary, cursed with the Tudor blood that saw their sister killed, face the perils of the royal court alone. Lady Katherine - young and spirited - makes dangerous romantic liaisons. While Lady Mary - crook-backed and vulnerable - becomes the Queen's reluctant companion, yet yearns to escape court intrigue. And both girls fear their proximity to the Queen might be their undoing. For the childless Queen is ill. If she should die Katherine may be pushed to power, but the Queen's half-sister Elizabeth casts a long shadow and if she gains the throne the court will become a terrifying maze of treachery and suspicion - where holding royal blood could be a death warrant for the two sisters...This sumptuous historical drama is perfect for fans of Philippa Gregory and Hilary Mantel. Through the eyes of the Grey sisters we are given an insight into the treacherous rule of the Tudor Court under King Henry VIII. Praise for Elizabeth Fremantle: A great read. Sisters of Treason totally transports the reader to the Tudor court, with all its tensions and games . (Katherine Webb, author of The Misbegotten). An endlessly fascinating era, and Fremantle manages to combine pacey storytelling with superb background ...it's terrifically entertaining . (The Times). Rich and Enticing . (Stylist). Gripping . (Woman and Home). Elizabeth Fremantle holds a first in English and an MA in Creative Writing from Birkbeck. As a Fashion Editor she has contributed to various publications including Vogue, Elle, and Vanity Fair. Her debut novel, Queen's Gambit, was published in 2013. Sisters of Treason is her second novel.

Reviews

'An endlessly fascinating era, and Fremantle manages to combine pacey storytelling with superb background...terrifically entertaining.' The Times

'Fremantle is surely a major new voice in historical fiction (...) what Hilary Mantel fans should read while waiting for the final part of her trilogy' The Bookseller

'A sumptuous epic' Metro

'Gripping' Woman & Home

'A great read. Sisters of Treason totally transports the reader to the Tudor court, with all its tensions and games' Katherine Webb

'Rich and enticing Stylist Elizabeth Fremantle brings the decadent, conniving, back-stabbing world of the 16th-century British court to brilliant life here, revealing what one woman can teach us all about the timeless art of survival' Andrea Walker, Oprah.com

About the Author

Elizabeth Fremantle

Elizabeth Fremantle is the author of Queen's Gambit, Sisters of Treason and Watch the Lady. She holds a first in English and an MA in Creative Writing from Birkbeck. As a Fashion Editor she has contributed to various publications including Vogue, Elle, and Vanity Fair.

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Publication date

29th January 2015

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Publisher

Penguin Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
496 pages

Categories

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ISBN

9781405909402

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