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Lost in history . . . losing her self. Uncover Tudor heroine Arbella Stuart's incredible story, reimagined by Elizabeth Fremantle in this tense, historical thriller.
Hardwick Hall, sixteenth-century England.
Formerly a beacon of wealth and power.
Now a gilded prison.
Hidden away, forgotten, one young woman seeks escape.
But to do so she must trust those on the outside.
Those who have their own motives...
Discovery means death. But what choice has any woman trapped in a man's world?
Imprisoned by circumstance, Arbella Stuart is an unwilling contender for the throne. In a world where women are silenced, what chance does she have to take control of her destiny?
Praise for The Girl in the Glass Tower:
'A top-notch literary thriller' Daily Telegraph
'Thrilling, clever and beautifully written' The Times, 'Books of the Year'
'Filled with dense, dark political and social intrigue' Daily Mail
'Shots are fired, troths are plighted, sea voyages taken, escapes dared and mysteries solved' Daily Telegraph
'Beautifully written, completely engrossing and a book that stays with you after the pages are closed' Historia
'The Miniaturist meets Gone Girl. Gripping and full of surprises' BBC History 'Books of the Year'
A marriage. A murder. One of them will hang for it.
Frances Carr is imprisoned in a cold, lightless room.
She is accused of murder.
In a cell nearby is her co-accused - her husband Robert.
Kept apart and alone, Frances can only tell her side of the story.
How did she come to be here?
Can she somehow prove her innocence?
And what lengths will she go to to save herself?
'A gripping psychological thriller. Readers will be awake deep into the night, trying to untangle the truth' The Times 'Books of the Year'
'Engaging, vivid and revelling in historical detail' Sarah Perry, bestselling author of The Essex Serpent
'A tale of intrigue and ambition, this is a rich and fascinating book' Guardian
'Immaculately detailed, dark, clever and compulsive' Daily Mail
If you love the BBC's The White Queen you'll love this.
Meet the woman who survived Henry VIII in Elizabeth Fremantle's first novel, Queen's Gambit...
My name is Katherine Parr.
I'm 31 years old and already twice widowed.
I'm in love with a man I can't have, and am about to wed a man no-one would want - for my husband-to-be is none other than Henry VIII, who has already beheaded two wives, cast aside two more, and watched one die in childbirth.
What will become of me once I'm wearing his ring and become Queen of England?
They say that the sharpest blades are sheathed in the softest pouches.
Only time will tell what I am really made of...
For fans of Hilary Mantel, Philippa Gregory and Alison Weir, Elizabeth Fremantle's first novel, Queen's Gambit, is a riveting account of the Tudor queen who married four men and outlived three of them - including Henry VIII.
Rich in atmosphere and period detail, and told through the eyes of Katherine and her young maid Dot, it tells the story of two very different women during a terrifying and turbulent time. If you loved Wolf Hall, The Other Boleyn Girl or the BBC drama series The Tudors, then Elizabeth Fremantle's Queen's Gambit is the book for you.
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, Vanity Fair and the Erotic Review and has had her fiction published in the Mechanic's Institute Review. Queen's Gambit is her first novel; her second, Sisters of Treason, will be published early in 2014.
Sisters of Treason is a powerful and moving story of passion and peril in Tudor England, perfect for fans of Hilary Mantel.
Mary Tudor clings fearfully to the English throne.
Seeing the threat posed by her cousin, Lady Jane Grey, the Queen orders her execution. But what of Lady Jane's young sisters - Katherine and Mary? Cursed with royal blood, they must endure the perils of a Tudor court, closely observed by its paranoid Queen.
Entranced by the drama, intrigue and romance of court life, young Lady Katherine's desire for love leads her to make ill-advised and dangerous liaisons. Burdened with a crooked back, her younger sister, Lady Mary - the 'mouse' - is seen as no threat and becomes privy to the Queen's most intimate secrets. Yet Mary, who yearns to escape court dramas, knows her closeness to the Queen could be her undoing.
For the Queen is childless and in ill-health. If she should die, her fearsome sister Elizabeth will inherit the crown. Then Katherine and Mary will find court a maze of treachery and danger - where possessing royal blood is the gravest crime of all . . .
Praise for Elizabeth Fremantle:
'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, author of The Misbegotten
'Electric' Good Housekeeping
'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
'Wildly entertaining' Huffington Post
Elizabeth Fremantle is the author of Queen's Gambit and Sisters of Treason. She holds a first in English and an MA in Creative Writing from Birkbeck. As a Fashion Editor she has contributed to various publications includingVogue, Elle, and Vanity Fair. Her debut novel, Queen's Gambit, was published in 2013 followed by Sisters of Treason. Her new novel, Watch the Lady, is out in June 2015.
England 1615: Die junge Frances ist adlig und atemberaubend schön, der ganze Königshof liegt ihr zu Füßen. Doch ihre dunkle Vergangenheit lässt sich nicht ungeschehen machen – und um ihr neues Leben zu schützen, würde sie alles tun. Dann der Skandal, der ganz London erschüttert: Frances wird wegen eines furchtbaren Verdachts verhaftet und in den Tower gebracht. Auch Frances‘ geheimnisvoller Ehemann Robert ist angeklagt. Aus den ehemals Liebenden werden plötzlich Gegner, denn beide wissen, dass nur einer mit dem Leben davonkommen wird …
Elizabeth Fremantle lässt auch in ihrem zweiten Roman die wechselvolle Tudorzeit überraschend lebendig werden.