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The King’s Daughter Paperback – 20 August 2009
Praise for The Firemaster’s Mistress:
‘A rich mix of romance, suspense, adventure and lightly-worn knowledge. Gunpowder, treason and plot have never been so entertaining.’ Kate Saunders, The Times
‘Atmospheric and impressively researched, it is highly entertaining.’ Elizabeth Buchan, Sunday Times
‘Marries conspiracy theory to Jacobean high-jinks…a racy read…reveals the principal actors to be models of conspirators everywhere: single-minded, ideologically driven, careless of their own and others’ lives, believers for the wrong reasons in the efficacy of a single violent blow to change the course of history…so strangely does it resonate with our own times…sometimes one is momentarily unsure whether one is in 1605 or 2005 as one reads.’ Financial Times
‘The Firemaster’s Mistress is that rare historical novel: utterly congruent with history and successful as a work of fiction. It tells the story of an engaging man betrayed both by his own honour and his love for a Roman Catholic woman. His skills with explosives lead him into the very heart of the conspiracy, walking a difficult line with plotters, spymasters, and his own fears. The England of James I is magnificently evoked in this engaging novel.’ Philippa Gregory
About the Author
Christie Dickason was born in America but also lived as a child in Thailand, Mexico and Switzerland. Harvard-educated, and a former theatre director and choreographer (with the Royal Shakespeare Company and at Ronnie Scott’s among others), she lives in London with her family.
- Publisher : HarperCollins (20 August 2009)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 480 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0007289103
- ISBN-13 : 978-0007289103
- Dimensions : 15.88 x 3.4 x 24.13 cm
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In Princess Elizabeth, Christa Dickason creates a delightful character, intelligent, but naive, powerful and yet weak and someone damaged by lack of affection. The author even manages to shed a sympathetic and intelligent light on the character of James I, who described himself as 'the wisest fool in Christendom'.
I am surprised by the review here that says the characters are one-dimensional. I felt totally the opposite. And as for the 'race' question. I don't think it's right to say that Elizabeth's feelings towards Tallie are twenty-first century at all or that everyone else was 'racist'. Mostly the attitude of others was born of ignorance and lack of intelligence. Which is still the case today. And it was great to see Francis Quoynt make a cameo appearance at the end to create a spectacular firework display.
I can't wait to read Christa's next novel.