From the author of Queen's Gambit, a gripping historical novel about two sisters who tread as dangerously close to the crown as their tragic sister, Lady Jane Grey, executed after just nine days on the throne.
Early in Mary Tudor's turbulent reign, Lady Catherine and Lady Mary Grey are reeling after the brutal execution of their elder seventeen-year-old sister, Lady Jane Grey, and the succession is by no means stable. In Sisters of Treason, Elizabeth Freemantle brings these young women to life in a spellbinding Tudor tale of love and politics.
Neither sister is well suited to a dangerous life at court. Flirtatious Lady Catherine, 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 equates to goodness - and both girls have inherited the Tudor blood that is more curse than blessing. For either girl to marry without royal permission would be a potentially fatal political act. It is the royal portrait painter, Levina Teerlinc, who helps the girls survive these troubled times. She becomes their mentor and confidante, but when the Queen'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 Queen, risk her life, and find the safety and love she longs for.
©2014 Elizabeth Fremantle (P)2014 Simon & Schuster, Inc.
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I love historical fiction, but sometimes I'm nervous that they might be dry and boring. Not the case with this book. The first half entertained me and transported me to Tudor England completely. I expected the story to drop off in the second half, but it did not. In fact, it became more and more romantic and captivating.
I've already bought Fremantle's other book, and I can't wait to start it! Highly recommend.
Did not read the print version
How much I liked all the Grey sisters
I listen as I fall asleep at night. Love the audio versions
Mary. She was an observer to all that was happening and very intelligent.
Would recommend to anyone who enjoys historical novels
Here's the thing, when you have a performance as extraordinary as this, you could even have a lousy story and it would sound great but, that is not the case here. Sisters of Treason is deliciously written by Elizabeth Fremantle. Granted, it is a novel but the research is so good and her storytelling talent is so great that I felt transported to the era and by the end, was left wanting much more. This is the first book I have read by her, and I am already cueing a couple more. I can't wait to see what comes next.
Well written and narrated! Brings the reader into the life of one of the most traumatized families in history. Narrators were entertaining and true to the characters. an enjoyable read and listen!
great narration was wonderful! brought the characters to life. more fiction than history due to limited documentation on the lives of women in the 16th century. but goes along with others I have ready. very believable.
Engaging story, good performance. The perspective and story of Levina Teerlinc is unusual for this type of book, making it more interesting.
I suspected I would enjoy this read because it shed some light on the others in the Grey family. So much is said about Jane, but the others in her family were also in a bad situation. The story told on top of the facts kept me coming back for more.
I devoured this in a very short time but didn't emerge totally unscathed. The author is limited by historical events which results in a portrayal of calamity upon catastrophe - don't listen last thing at night if you want pleasant dreams!
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