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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Claymore Press (17 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781590680
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781590683
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 559,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anita's first novels are The Woulfes of Loxsbeare, a 17th Century historical family saga, the first two titles of which are, The Rebel's Daughter and The Goldsmith's Wife. Followed by Royalist Rebel, a biographical novel based on the early life of Elizabeth Murray, Countess Dysart. Her latest release due in June 2015 is Murder On The Minneapolis, a Cozy Mystery set on an Atlantic Steamship in 1900.

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Royalist Rebel is a biographical novel about the tumultuous life of Elizabeth Murray, the Countess of Dysart, and later, the Duchess of Lauderdale. Born into a noble family and staunchly loyal to King Charles, their livelihood is threatened and daily life turns perilous when civil war breaks out. Elizabeth's royalist father works secretly for his monarch while the women of the family suffer sanctions and live in near destitution in Ham House. Rebels are everywhere and they are under constant suspicion. Faced with difficult decisions and torn between duty and love, Elizabeth strives to do what is best for those she loves. Written in first person present tense, the feeling that you get when reading the novel is one of immediacy and clarity. Elizabeth's character is beautifully depicted with all her virtues as well as her faults. This is due to the fact that Anita Seymour lived near Ham House and walked its corridors, its garden, its pathways. Her first hand knowledge of the scenery, decor, and locale make the story extra sharp with detail, lending it great credibility. I believe that behind every great woman is a great man. In Elizabeth's case, two great men - Baronet Lionel Tollemache, her loving husband of several decades, and her true love, John Maitland, Duke of Lauderdale. Both men are depicted insightfully through Elizabeth's eyes. Extremely well-rounded characters and their individual dreams, ambitions, and plights pepper each page of this fascinating novel. Most importantly of all, King Charles' execution is written with poignancy and respect, and remains one of my favourite parts of the book. Royalist Rebel is a novel of survival in desperate times and the ability of one one woman to overcome adversity in a period when women had little rights and were nothing more than chattel. A beautiful story with eloquent prose that truly brings the era to life! Historical fiction at its very best. - Historical Novel Review Blog A well-drawn picture of the Royalists' struggle to exist and serve the king under parlimentary rule. Seymour is excellent on the stress and the depredations as normal life disintegrates. Highly recommended for Civil War buffs. - Historical Novel Society Anita Seymour excels at setting. In the best way, very few poetic phrases call attention to themselves. -Good reads

About the Author

Anita was born in London, a city with a strong sense of times past, which she connected with at an early age. Her work within the genre of Historical Fiction is borne out of that enthusiasm. Anita is the author of four previously published works, 'Duking Days Rebellion' (2007) and 'Duking Days Revolution' (2008) and two Victorian Romances, 'Trencarrow Secret' and 'Culloden Spirit' (2011).

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Francine Howarth on 16 July 2013
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Although I am far from a fan of first-person narrative, I do love the period of the English Civil Wars. Therefore, I decided to lay aside the fact Royalist Rebel is written wholly from the viewpoint of Mistress Elizabeth Murray. I'm glad I did because Ms Seymour paints a vivid picture of life at Ham House. Given that Elizabeth's earlier (un-chronicled) life is the author's creation it blends well with known facts of the young woman's rise from relatively modest beginnings to that of wealth and title. It's a well-researched book in terms of the political scores and all credit to the author for a thoroughly enjoyable read.

I like the way Elizabeth Murray's story begins with highlighting her present circumstances and the staunch allegiance of her parents to the Royalist cause. All the while her haughty manner and fundamental belief the enemy consist of nothing but filthy (smelly) Puritan folk (of low-birth) seems to imply Mistress Murray is indeed ignorant to the fact members of the aristocracy are fighting on both sides of the great divide. Nor does she seem cognisant to the fact that not all Parliamentarian soldiers are of Puritan mindset. I confess there were times when I despised Elizabeth's conceited grandiose self image and her prejudiced outlook, but she's not a fictional character and I didn't have to like her to admire her unstinting desire to keep Ham House in the family.

As time moves on and Ham House is under threat of seizure by the Parliamentarian Sequestration Committee, (a method of punishing supporters or suspected collaborators of the Royalist cause), Elizabeth resists at every given turn, though is often forced to capitulate when events and circumstances are beyond her control. But, if something is wanted badly enough, then feminine guile to deceive Cromwell and feminine wile to gain a titled husband is worth the risk in the overall scheme of bettering her position within society and gaining a long for coveted title.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laura P on 15 Jun. 2013
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Despite being English, I don't know a huge amount about the Civil War period, only vague memories from some school lessons. Royalist Rebel brought the era vividly to life with danger and spies at every turn! What I love about this author is her ability to capture the views and stances of the time. While the heroine, Elizabeth, may come across as snobby and stubborn to some, she was an accurate portrayal of a woman of her class and a character who had to endure so much (personally I loved Elizabeth - always like a flawed character). Clearly a lot of research has gone into this book and, as a newbie to the era, I found most of the political stuff useful (although at times I was a bit dizzy trying to keep up with all the names). However, die-hard Stuart fans may not like those bits as much.
Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. D. Cook on 1 Jan. 2015
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Royalist Rebel kept me stuck to the sofa. I very much enjoyed the way Ms. Seymour took a haughty young, aristocratic girl and gradually makes the reader warm to her as we watch her mature through her Civil War experiences, and her all-consuming passion to hang onto her birthright. She reminds us that the Civil War was an era when so many brave women had to step up to the line and (often literally) defend their homes and families. I also loved the way Ms. Seymour’s writing took me back in time to revisit familiar places through seventeenth century eyes. Definitely recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Major Raymond P Agombar TD CG on 17 Aug. 2013
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As always Anita Seymour delivers the goods, excellently written. I would recommend her books to all generations not just to fiction history buffs.
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