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Sisters of Treason [Kindle Edition]

Elizabeth Fremantle
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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,
'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.

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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 Legacy)

An endlessly fascinating era, and Fremantle manages to combine pacey storytelling with superb background. . .it's terrifically entertaining. (The Times)

A sumptous epic (Metro)

Gripping (Woman & Home)

Electric (Good Housekeeping)

Rich and enticing (Stylist)

About the Author

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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3305 KB
  • Print Length: 449 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (22 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IK810HQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,621 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Elizabeth Fremantle lives in London. She holds a first in English from Birkbeck where she also studied for an MA in Creative Writing. She has contributed to titles such as Vogue, The Sunday Times, The Wall Street Journal and Elle and spent some time in Paris working at French Vogue. Her fascination with early modern culture and writing led to her debut novel Queen's Gambit the first of a Tudor trilogy, the second of which is Sisters of Treason. See Elizabeth's website for more information about her novels and future projects -

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
In 1554 Lady Jane Grey was executed on Tower Green, her last moments spent blindfolded fumbling on her knees for the block, watched by hard men, other men who may have secretly wept and a mother held up by a friend. It is quite possible that Queen Mary Tudor hadn't wanted to kill her cousin, so young and used, but these are paranoid days and there are none more suspicious than these Tudor Queens.

Sisters of Treason tells the story of Jane's two surviving younger sisters, Katherine and Mary, both of whom were to live lives spoiled beyond all understanding by the whim of Mary and Elizabeth Tudor. It is the curse of the Greys that should either Queen die childless many would favour them as next in the royal line. Katherine is a beauty, married and divorced in quick succession during the brief supremacy of her sister's controllers, and now she yearns for her handsome lost husband. To Katherine, Jane left a bible with a message to give her strength. Nothing, though, was left to Mary, the youngest and the wisest. Jane believed Mary needed no help. But Mary's spine is twisted, her growth is stunted, and for that she has been given the role of Queen Mary's monkey. Sat on Mary's lap, stroked like a pet, the Queen thinks nothing of cursing the treachery of the Grey clan over the head of her tamed Grey monkey. All Katherine and Mary want is to be free of the court but Mary has to keep them close. They might have thought that matters would improve once Elizabeth came to the throne. But Mary Grey knows best. Nothing will change. Elizabeth might be even worse.

The opening chapter of Sisters of Treason is such a powerful draw into the novel. It gives us the execution of Lady Jane Grey through the experience of her mother Frances and her friend Levina, an accomplished painter of miniatures.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
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An excellent example of the genre. I haven't read much historical fiction, but loved Fremantle's first (about Katherine Parr) and also some of Philippa Gregory's series about the Cousins War.

Sisters of Treason is absolutely fascinating. Who designs the school history curriculum? They need to try and include more of the minor stories in schemes of work because they are riveting. We have all probably heard of Lady Jane Grey, Queen for nine days then beheaded by Mary Tudor, daughter of Henry VIII. This book picks up at the execution and then follows on the skirt-tails of Jane's sisters, Katherine and Mary, and family friend Levina, real-life portrait painter to the court.

It's as readable as any fictional thriller. Mary suffers from a condition that has left her the size of a five-year-old and with a deformed spine. Katherine is a renowned beauty. Both fear that Jane's fate will also befall them as others plot around them to raise a new Queen. And this doesn't end with the death of Mary as her sister Elizabeth takes the throne and proves just as brutal in her way.

The three-way narrative works well, moving the action from place to place in Tudor England. I don't think I've learnt so much history in terms worth of lessons at school. Even knowing that the conversations are all fictitious, the endnotes give a useful potted biography of almost every character in the book and show just how closely Fremantle has kept to history. There is also a lovely family tree at the front showing just how closely related the Greys, Tudors, and Stuarts are, and why it is that there was such a skirmish for the throne of England.

Mary is the most sympathetic character, being both intelligent and sneered at.
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Sisters of Treason by Elizabeth Freemantle is set in 16th century England during a time of political upheaval. At the heart of the story are three women, the sisters Mary and Catherine Grey, and painter Levina Teerlinc. Through their collective points of view, the story unfolds. The main story plot are the struggles of the two sisters to avoid court intrigue and politics. Still reeling after the beheading of their Sister, Lady Jane Grey, Catherine and Mary find themselves pulled into court intrigue despite their attempts to keep their distance, where a single swipe of the quill or a few angry words, or even worse, the truth, will spill out and see them imprisoned in the Tower or executed.

Although I had not read the previous book, The Queen's Gambit, it made no difference – this story definitely stands alone. At first I was a little apprehensive because of the over-abundance of Tudor novels on the market currently, and I am getting a little weary of them, but I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised. The author has taken us deep into the viewpoint of two lesser known women in England’s history. So for that aspect alone, I found this book unique and refreshing. Brava Elizabeth Freemantle for bringing to life women other than those married to Henry VIII!

I did not expect to become so involved in this story, but I did. Lots of detail, spectacular writing, and an engaging plot kept me involved right to the very last page. Definitely a book not to overlook, especially if you are a fan of English history! I'm definitely looking forward to reading The Queen's Gambit!
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Published 17 days ago by john edward thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars good read
enjoyed reading a well written book.
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Loved this so have ordered another of her books.
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Published 1 month ago by helen clay
4.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this book
I really enjoyed this book. I had not realised just5 how close the sisters were to the throne. Until this book I had not really thought about it but it gave a whole new line of... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. J. G. Millman
5.0 out of 5 stars A thought-provoking read.
I am fascinated by this era and this book made me care about the characters. Not a great time to be a female close to the throne!
Published 2 months ago by Mrs Jan Yates
4.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down
So good I couldn't put it down. Highly recommended. Not read anything from this author before but will be buying others.
Published 2 months ago by Alison
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating
Most of us know a little about Lady Jane Grey, her short tenure as Queen of England and her subsequent beheading. What is not so well known is the story of her younger sisters. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I loved this book. Just the right balance of fiction and truth. The fiction adding to the book like sugar adds to a cake!!!!!
Published 2 months ago by CHEZ
5.0 out of 5 stars good description of the life at the Tudor
Hard to put down, very well written, good description of the life at the Tudor court
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