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Isters of PDF be loved Her sister clever Lady Mary has a crooked spine and a tiny stature in an age when physical perfection euates to goodness and both girls have inherited the Tudor blood that is curse than blessing For either girl to marry without royal permission would be a potentially fatal political act It is the royal portrait painter Levina Teerlinc who hel. Find this and other reviews at was eager to get my hands on Elizabeth Fremantle s Sisters of Treason I read The ueen s Rivals last year and while I enjoyed Purdy s take on the Grey sisters the book lacked the gravitas I crave I needed something I could sink my teeth into something with a little meat on the bone if you get my meaning Fremantle caught my attention with ueen Gambit but I ll be honest I think her sopho release stronger than its predecessor There is an urgency and weight to the story an imperativeness to the decisions Catherine and Mary must make a tension that captivates even those who know the history of the younger Grey girls and anticipate where the narrative is headedTone is not the only thing that stands out when reflecting on this piece Jane the traditional headliner has a very interesting role in the narrative She appears briefly early on but her memory is a character in and of itself guiding her sisters from beyond the grave The same originality is echoed in Fremantle s interpretations of Elizabeth I and Frances Grey These characters were familiar to me going in but Fremantle s unconventional approach to their personalities and roles resulted in something both uniue and memorable Fremantle adds dimension to the story through Levina Teerlinc A minor historical footnote Levina is an artisan A court painter who exists in the privileged circles of the elite without belonging to it Her voice balances those of her social superiors but really liked how her story arc paralleled and played against those of Catherine and Mary Richly detailed and vividly dramatic Sisters of Treason is a genuinely first rate historical Engaging provocative and damn near impossible to put down A Tangled Affair (The Pearl House year and while I enjoyed Purdy s take on the Grey sisters the book lacked the gravitas I crave I needed something I could sink my teeth into something with a little meat on the bone if Matthews Choice you get my meaning Fremantle caught my attention with ueen Gambit but I ll be honest I think her sopho release stronger than its predecessor There is an urgency and weight to the story an imperativeness to the decisions Catherine and Mary must make a tension that captivates even those who know the history of the The Prince of Pleasure (The Wilde Brothers, younger Grey girls and anticipate where the narrative is headedTone is not the only thing that stands out when reflecting on this piece Jane the traditional headliner has a very interesting role in the narrative She appears briefly early on but her memory is a character in and of itself guiding her sisters from beyond the grave The same originality is echoed in Fremantle s interpretations of Elizabeth I and Frances Grey These characters were familiar to me going in but Fremantle s unconventional approach to their personalities and roles resulted in something both uniue and memorable Fremantle adds dimension to the story through Levina Teerlinc A minor historical footnote Levina is an artisan A court painter who exists in the privileged circles of the elite without belonging to it Her voice balances those of her social superiors but really liked how her story arc paralleled and played against those of Catherine and Mary Richly detailed and vividly dramatic Sisters of Treason is a genuinely first rate historical Engaging provocative and damn near impossible to put down

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Early in Mary Tudor’s turbulent reign Lady Catherine and Lady Mary Grey are reeling after the brutal execution of their elder seventeen year old sister Lady Jane Grey and the succession is by no means stable Neither sister is well suited to a dangerous life at court Flirtatious Lady Catherine thought to be the true heir cannot control her compulsion to love and S. The late 16th century was uite uniue in that for an extended period all potential heirs to the throne were female and it is against this backdrop that Sisters Of Treason is set It mainly focuses on three Tudor figures normally given scant regard in the history books they are Lady Katherine Grey Lady Mary Grey sisters of the deposed nine day ueen Jane and Flemish born Levina Teerlinc court painter This was a particulary uncertain period when switching allegiances among the nobility was common if only to maintain self preservation and ensure you didn t meet your fate with the scaffold Although this is a work of fiction the author has based it on historical facts and she has caught perfectly the workings of both the inner court through Lady Katherine and Lady Mary and the outsider s perspective through the eyes of Levina Teerlinc earning her living as portrait painter to the nobility something which at that time as a female defied convention The politics of the Tudor reign have been brought vividly to life capturing the dangers dramas and intrigue but also by focusing on specific lives we see a intimate and personal side to them This was an exciting read and kept me gripped right the way through The author has breathed life into these little known characters and has them reaching out from the pages so that you can t help but get to know and care about them I think it unfair to compare authors so I won t but what I will say is Elizabeth Fremantle is sure to become highly regarded in her genre and her books will be greeted with great anticipation

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Ps the girls survive these troubled times She becomes their mentor and confidante But when the ueen’s sister the hot headed Elizabeth inherits the crown life at court becomes increasingly treacherous for the surviving Grey sisters Ultimately each young woman must decide how far she will go to defy her ueen risk her life and find the safety and love she longs for.. I will state right now that Philippa Gregory has SERIOUS competition Elizabeth Fremantle is by far the best historical fiction writer I have come across in yearsIn Sisters of Treason she tells the story of Lady Jane Grey s two younger sisters Katherine and Mary Katherine who was a serious contender as Elizabeth I s heir and Mary who suffered the curse of the Plantagenet s scoliosis are often ignored by historical fiction writers in favour of their cousin Mary ueen of ScotsInterwoven with the story of the Grey sisters is that of artist Levina Teerlinc a reknowned miniaturist whose work is held in the VA amongst other placesKatherine and Mary are interestingly portrayed Katherine as a woman lead by her emotions and Mary as one lead by her intellect Indeed from what we know of Mary she was considered as precocious a scholar as her older sister Jane and her cousin ElizabethBeautifully written and enthralling Elizabeth Fremantle is a writer to watch I ve read two of her books and am keen to get my hands on her other two all she has written so farHighly recommended to all lovers of historical fiction


About the Author: Elizabeth Fremantle

Elizabeth Fremantle is the critically acclaimed author of Tudor and Elizabethan set novels ueen's Gambit Sisters of Treason Watch the Lady and Times Books of the Year The Girl in the Glass Tower and The Poison Bed a historical thriller written under the name EC Fremantle described as 'a Jacobean Gone Girl'Her latest novel is The Honey and the Sting published August th Sisters of PDF \ as EC Fremantle.



10 thoughts on “Sisters of Treason

  1. says:

    The late 16th century was uite uniue in that for an extended period all potential heirs to the throne were female and it is against this backdrop that ' Sisters Of Treason' is set It mainly focuses on three Tudor figures normally given scant regard in the history books they are Lady Katherine Grey Lady Mary Grey sisters of the deposed nine day ueen Jane and Flemish born Levina Teerlinc court painter This was

  2. says:

    After finishing ueen's Gambit I knew that I had to read Fremantle's take on the unfortunate Grey sisters Contains historical facts that may be spoilers to someI love the fact that this story is about Katherine and Mary and their lives after the execution of their sister Jane rather than the much told story of Jane's life While I love Jane's story and think she had amazing potential this story was uniueThe nove

  3. says:

    From early on in the book it was clear that there was little to keep me reading There was no plot driver or anything that made me want

  4. says:

    The Tudors have been written about so much in the past several years that I've found myself having a desire to bypass most of them This novel was different in that it looked at the Grey girls who really have been omitted al

  5. says:

    Find this and other reviews at was eager to get my hands on Elizabeth Fremantle's Sisters of Treason I read The

  6. says:

    Made it just over 100 pages in 111 to be exact There's just no narrative to this There are 3 POVs Katharine a whiny self involved girl who goes from crying over a boy to suddenly a lesbian? bisexual?; Mary a younger girl who is eithe

  7. says:

    In looking back through history you will find that for the most part it is the women’s lives who have the most blank spots when it comes to chronicling events I have never really looked at the Grey family perhaps because the Grey girls lives were so tragic and often when I go to read it is difficult to look closely upon a life in which celebrations were short and tears were freuent although at this time pa

  8. says:

    I will state right now that Philippa Gregory has SERIOUS competition Elizabeth Fremantle is by far the best historical fiction writer I have come across in yearsIn Sisters of Treason she tells the story of Lady Jane Grey's two younger sisters Katherine and Mary Katherine who was a serious contender as Elizabeth

  9. says:

    I was awarded this book by NetGalley the morning I got the approval email it had been archived and I could not download it I sent an email to the publisher they allowed me access I am SO happy they did I enjoyed this book As much as I have read about E1 and family I only knew a little of Lady Jane Grey and not

  10. says:

    Katherine Grey has been having a great few years lately just a bit unfortunate that this comes nearly five hund

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