Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Sisters of Treason by Elizabeth Fremantle.
Lady Jane Grey has just been executed by her cousin Mary Tudor and her two younger sisters, Mary and Catherine, live in the shadow of their sister's tragic demise. Lady Catherine's fatal flaw is her compulsive desire for love, while clever Lady Mary is burdened with a crooked spine and tiny stature - and both have inherited the curse of royal blood.
It is court painter Levina Teerlinc who helps the girls survive Mary Tudor's reign, but when the Queen's sister, the hot-headed Elizabeth, inherits the crown, court life becomes increasingly treacherous for the Grey girls...
©2014 Elizabeth Fremantle (P)2014 Penguin Books Limited
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Enjoyed the plot and it was well narrated.
Worth reading. Will look for more by this author in the future
"History brought to life"
Brings an interesting time in history to life, and provides a somewhat different perspective of some well known historical characters.
"The story behind history"
Many aspects of Sisters of Treason are interesting. Perhaps most intriguing is the fact that it is about the Grey family and the aftermath of Jane Grey's failed bid for the crown of England. Many official lists of the Kings and Queens of England neglect (or pointedly ignore) Jane Grey's 9 day rule, even though she was named as successor by King Edward. The manner in which Jane's sisters were treated by both Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth was despicable. The story highlights the terrifying low position of women in Tudor society - the lack of control over their own lives and the absolute control of monarchs in even the smallest areas of people's lives.
I haven't read enough historical fiction to properly compare this book to any others, as I tend to read historical non fiction books. But Conn Iggluden's War of the Roses books are an interesting read.
This is a book which features many tragic and sorrowful scenes. Perhaps, my favourite was the last of the book, when two boys visit Mary Grey. I don't want to give too much away, so I'll leave it at that :)
There are many moving (but sad) moments in the book. I think Katherine Grey's descent into madness is perhaps the most touching.
This was a stab-in-the-dark choice but one which I am profoundly grateful to have made. Thoroughly enjoyable, despite the circumstances the Grey sisters found themselves in for the vast majority of their lives. Makes one appreciate modern freedoms all the more!
Would depend on the friend!
Interesting slant on a familiar story
Mostly historically accurate with fictitious backfill and well read although I am not sure I like the way the characters accents were portrayed.
One thing I find irritating about the vast majority of historical novels is the neediness of the female characters. The 'longing' for their menfolk and the endless pursuit of love. Whilst I am sure this was the case in some circumstances, I feel sure that many women entered loveless liaisons to fulfil family expectations and the thought of childbearing a fearful necessity. I also think that many women were just as ambitious as the men in pursuit of wealth and power. I often find that many novels of this genre are a bit simpering and gushing and it would be nice to find a historical novel that addresses the reality a bit more.
I enjoyed the book but found parts of it a bit mills and boonish
A good account of the Grey sisters
I honestly can't imagine anybody liking this.
There is a great book out there to be written about the Greys. This isn't it.
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