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uniue in that 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 egard 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 when switching allegiances among the nobility was common if only to maintain self preservation and ensure you didn t meet fate with the scaffold Although this is a work of fiction the author has based it on Historical Facts And She Has facts and she has 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 eign 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 ead and kept me gripped ight the way through The author has breathed life into these little known characters and has them eaching 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 egarded in her genre and her books will be greeted with great anticipation From early on in the book it was clear that there was little to keep me eading There was no plot driver or anything that made me want to finish the book Obviously Mary I was going to die and Elizabeth succeed her as ueen I should have been eager to see this happen hungry to watch the characters thrust into this political hornets nest but I just didn t care The author failed to create the feeling of sympathy for her characters Take Katherine for her example her sister has died so she is upset but this doesn t seem to last long She is concerned with her love interest which esults in even less emotional connectedness The three protagonists of the book are very different people They have their own separate point of views and very far apart stories That bei. Early in Mary Tudor’s turbulent eign Lady Catherine and Lady Mary Grey are eeling after the brutal execution of their elder seventeen year old sister Lady Jane Grey and the succession is by no means stable Elizabeth Freemantle brings these young women to life in a spellbinding Tudor tale of love and politicsNeither sister is well suited to a dangerous life at court Flirtatious Lady Catheri. ,Uite Uniue In That
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character name at beginning of each chaptersection I wouldn t have been able to tell the difference ignoring plot content of course The voices of the characters within the narrative are just too similar and undistinguishable from one another I was very disappointed with this book it felt like it was missing a key element or ingredient My initial expectations fell very flatThe Character Name At
This is an author whose work I will not ead againIis an author whose work I will not ead againI this book as a giveaway here on goodreads Find this and other eviews at was eager to get my hands on Elizabeth Fremantle s Sisters of Treason I ead 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 elease 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 eflecting on this piece Jane the traditional headliner has a very interesting ole in the narrative She appears this piece Jane the traditional headliner has a very interesting ole in the narrative She appears 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 oles esulted 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 eally 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 ate historical Engaging provocative and damn near impossible to put down In looking back through history you will find that for the most part it is th. Ne thought to be the true heir cannot control her compulsion to love and 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 oyal permission would be a potentially fatal political act It is the oyal portrait E women s lives who have the most blank spots when it
to chronicling events I have never eally looked at the Grey perhaps because the Grey girls lives were so tragic and often when I go to ead it is difficult to look closely upon a life in which celebrations were short and tears were freuent although at this time pain was hiddenIt falls on the shoulders of the author of historical fiction to take whatever facts there are and fill in the blanks to make long dead women and men come to life in a way that we can understand their motives and have a icher understanding of their lives their losses their bitter disappointment and the sweet moments that crown them Speaking of crowns oyal blood did not bring happiness into any woman of history that I have ever ead about and in the case of the Grey women it was the millstone about their neck that caused their sometimes uickly sometimes slowly demise In my opinion Elizabeth Fremantle has done an excellent job of bringing the inner lives of the Grey girls to life and while the interweaving of portraitist Lavinia Fontana is a bit of a stretch it lends well portraitist Lavinia Fontana is a bit of a stretch it lends well the story both in illuminating the characters and in setting the scene of the times The lesson in art history was a bonus This is the second book of ead of Ms Freemantle s and I would encourage those that enjoy British medieval historical fiction to give her an eye 4 stars I was awarded this book by NetGalley the morning I got the approval email it had been archived and I could not downloadcomes to chronicling events I have never eally looked at the Grey
It I Sent An EmailI sent an email the publisher they allowed me access I am SO happy they did I enjoyed this book As much as I have ead about E1 and family I only knew a little of Lady Jane Grey and nothing of her sisters Katherine and Mary It wasn t until the chapter named Kitty Mouse that I thought about their nicknames that way I liked thatI eally loved the character that Mary was given there was not much about her written in history Elizabeth Fremantle fleshed out the people in this book so very well I would most certainly ead another of her books Well written interesting in a period historical book many characters to love There was not as much about ueens Mary or Elizabeth but this was not mainly about them of their treatment of their cousins and how lives can be uined by the blood elations we have. Ainter Levina Teerlinc who helps 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 isk her life and find the safety and love she longs for.