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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (20 Aug. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007289103
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007289103
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 23.4 x 3.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,348,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.


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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By foxcylady TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 July 2010
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I love historical fiction. I enjoy Philippa Gregory for this reason and was looking for something similar when I sent for this.

I was not to be disappointed. I found this book hard to put down, in fact it was an absolute joy to read. It is well written although if I had a reason to whinge it would be that it was written as a first person narrative something which I am not a fan of.

I did read it though and enjoyed it thoroughly, I would recommend to anyone who enjoys historical fiction. My knowledge of history during the period in which this book was set that being James I is sketchy at best I am ashamed to say so I cannot confirm at this juncture how historically correct the facts etc are but it has given me a thirst for knowledge in this area which is always a plus.

I would recommend this book, if you enjoy the type of book written by Philippa Gregory you will enjoy this. I will certainly seek out and read any other books written by Christie Dickason.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Ms. J. Musgrave on 31 May 2010
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Christie Dickason is fast becoming one of my favourite authors, I eagerly await her next novel like a child waits for Christmas. Once again, with 'The King's Daughter', I was rewarded for my patience. This is a truly engaging novel, impossible to put down. Although my knowledge of history of the period largely stops at the Gunpowder Plot, I feel she gives you a good insight into her opinions of the characters of the time. James I is indeed a deeply unhappy and dislikeable man while his daughter, Elizabeth, has you on her side from start to finish. This book is every bit as good as 'The Firemaster's Mistress' and 'The Princepessa', which if you haven't already read, are wonderful books! The only draw back to Christie Dickason's books are that it is impossible not to read them too greedily and so you will have a long wait until the next book arrives. I have no doubt it will be worth the wait.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. A. Wright VINE VOICE on 9 July 2010
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This book grabbed my interest from page one and maintained this interest throughout the whole story.. So too did my sympathy for Elizabeth began on page one and only heightened as the story went on. It is the story of Elizabeth the eldest daughter of James the sixth of Scotland and first of England. It describes her growing up years until her marriage. Ms Dickason admits there is little information about the 'real' princess but her description of Elizabeth as she navigates safely through the suspicions, conspiracies and threats of treason is truly excellent and awe inspiring. Elizabeth quickly realises that she needs to appear docile and obedient to gain greater freedom and its great to watch her skills developing until she eventually wins and marries the man of her choice. Sadly before this happens she loses many of her loved ones. The high level of research is obvious in every page and Ms Dickasons easy to read style of writing makes even the dullest of politics entertaining. Her facility with words is great, almost painting a picture in words of what and who she describes. Sometimes it is almost too good as I felt I was actually at the execution of four of the gun powder plotters. From her description of Charles the First, it would seem only a mother would love him and she caps this by claiming he ihas "all the failings of the runt in a little of dogs. That says it all
Conspiracies and treasons are so well depicted that I felt I was holding my breath when reading them. I had read about the Civil war before this but hadn't given true thought to the causes. I will now that I have read this book as I realise that Charles was not the only one at fault. The book has also inspired me to find out what happened to Elizabeth after her marriage. It left me wanting more. I loved the book and would recommend it to anyone with the slightest interest in history.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Cee-Gee VINE VOICE on 21 July 2010
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I enjoyed this novel, it was a good historical novel that compares well to those from the likes of Phillipa Gregory.

What I particularly liked about this novel was that it was based on a person that I didn't really know anything about. At school, we went over and over the Tudors, but as far as the Stuarts were concerned, we stopped at Elizabeth I appointing James Stuart to be her heir. I had no idea about his daughter, Elizabeth. This story follows her from her youth hidden away in the countryside, to her teenage years in London where she is presented as a potential marriage alliance to the great powers in Europe. Her family life is fraught and she struggles to keep control of her gossiping Lady's Maids. It was interesting to read about something new to me.

I really liked the novel, it was well written and I finished it very quickly. I would read other novels by Dickason based upon having read this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By laineyf TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 July 2010
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'The Kings Daughter' is the story of Elizabeth, the eldest daughter of King James VI of Scotland and I of England. King James does not come out of this story very well, and it is hard to believe that the son of one of historys' sirens (his mother was Mary, Queen of Scots) could be such a louche, unattractive person, both in looks and in personality. He is a complete failure as a parent too, being utterly uninterested in his children, only in their value to him on the matrimonial market. To his children,he is a total embarrassment, and to see their father through their eyes is quite distressing. The story focuses on Elizabeth, and her struggle to escape being used as a pawn by James. She is segregated from her mother, and attempts to make contact with her. For her pains, she is presented with a maidservant, Tallie, who is from Southwark, and has seen life from a much different angle than Elizabeth. There is scandal, intrigue, death, depravity and sorrow in this book. Prince Henry and his subsequent fate is very affecting and many questions remain unanswered. I really enjoyed this book, and would highly recommend it.
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