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And be loved Her sister clever Lady Mary has a crooked spine and a tiny stature in an age when physical perfection euates to goodness and both girls have inherited the Tudor blood that is 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. Find this and other reviews at was eager to get my hands on Elizabeth Fremantle s Sisters of Treason I read The ueen s Rivals last year and while I enjoyed Purdy s take on the Grey sisters the book lacked the gravitas I crave I needed something I could sink my teeth into something with a little meat on the bone if you get my meaning Fremantle caught my attention with ueen Gambit but I ll be honest I think her sopho release stronger than its predecessor There is an urgency and weight to the story an imperativeness to the decisions Catherine and Mary must make a tension that captivates even those who know the history of the younger Grey girls and anticipate where the narrative is headedTone is not the only thing that stands out when reflecting on this piece Jane the traditional headliner has a very interesting role in the narrative She appears briefly early on but her memory is a character in and of itself guiding her sisters from beyond the grave The same originality is echoed in Fremantle s interpretations of Elizabeth I and Frances Grey These characters were familiar to me going in but Fremantle s unconventional approach to their personalities and roles resulted in something both uniue and memorable Fremantle adds dimension to the story through Levina Teerlinc A minor historical footnote Levina is an artisan A court painter who exists in the privileged circles of the elite without belonging to it Her voice balances those of her social superiors but really liked how her story arc paralleled and played against those of Catherine and Mary Richly detailed and vividly dramatic Sisters of Treason is a genuinely first rate historical Engaging provocative and damn near impossible to put down

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Sisters of Treason

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 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. From early on in the book it was clear that there was little to keep me reading There was no plot driver or anything that made me want to finish the book Obviously Mary I was going to die and Elizabeth succeed her as ueen I should have been eager to see this happen hungry to watch the characters thrust into this political hornets nest but I just didn t care The author failed to create the feeling of sympathy for her characters Take Katherine for her example her sister has died so she is upset but this doesn t seem to last long She is concerned with her love interest which results in even less emotional connectedness The three protagonists of the book are very different people They have their own separate point of views and very far apart stories That being said each point of view sounded the same Had I not read the character name at the beginning of each chaptersection I wouldn t have been able to tell the difference ignoring plot content of course The voices of the characters within the narrative are just too similar and undistinguishable from one another I was very disappointed with this book it felt like it was missing a key element or ingredient My initial expectations fell very flat This is an author whose work I will not read againI won this book as a giveaway here on goodreads

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The girls survive these troubled times She becomes their mentor and confidante But when the ueen’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 ueen risk her life and find the safety and love she longs f. In looking back through history you will find that for the most part it is the women s lives who have the most blank spots when it comes to chronicling events I have never really looked at the Grey family perhaps because the Grey girls lives were so tragic and often when I go to read it is difficult to look closely upon a life in which celebrations were short and tears were freuent although at this time pain was hiddenIt falls on the shoulders of the author of historical fiction to take whatever facts there are and fill in the blanks to make long dead women and men come to life in a way that we can understand their motives and have a richer understanding of their lives their losses their bitter disappointment and the sweet moments that crown them Speaking of crowns royal blood did not bring happiness into any woman of history that I have ever read about and in the case of the Grey women it was the millstone about their neck that caused their sometimes uickly sometimes slowly demise In my opinion Elizabeth Fremantle has done an excellent job of bringing the inner lives of the Grey girls to life and while the interweaving of portraitist Lavinia Fontana is a bit of a stretch it lends well to the story both in illuminating the characters and in setting the scene of the times The lesson in art history was a bonus This is the second book of read of Ms Freemantle s and I would encourage those that enjoy British medieval historical fiction to give her an eye 4 stars Mercator increasingly treacherous for the surviving Grey sisters Ultimately each young woman must decide how far she will go to defy her ueen risk her life and find the safety and love she longs f. In looking back through history you will find that for the most part Pasos perdidos en Granada it Suffering and no suffering is the women s lives who have the most blank spots when Can We Live 150 Years? it comes to chronicling events I have never really looked at the Grey family perhaps because the Grey girls lives were so tragic and often when I go to read The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears it Robs Shiny Dumptruck is difficult to look closely upon a life Business English in which celebrations were short and tears were freuent although at this time pain was hiddenIt falls on the shoulders of the author of historical fiction to take whatever facts there are and fill Mama Glow in a way that we can understand their motives and have a richer understanding of their lives their losses their bitter disappointment and the sweet moments that crown them Speaking of crowns royal blood did not bring happiness Fire in the Sky into any woman of history that I have ever read about and olga spessivtzeva in the case of the Grey women ¡Que vengan cuando quieran! it was the millstone about their neck that caused their sometimes uickly sometimes slowly demise In my opinion Elizabeth Fremantle has done an excellent job of bringing the I Am Providence inner lives of the Grey girls to life and while the An Unexpected Magick (The Draegan Lords, interweaving of portraitist Lavinia Fontana The Weirdest Noob (The Weirdest Noob is a bit of a stretch WeVe Only Just Begun it lends well to the story both Real Estate Mistakes in Computer Network Time Synchronization illuminating the characters and Lara Croft, Tomb Raider (Lara Croft: Tomb Raider in setting the scene of the times The lesson Ignition in art history was a bonus This Mitologii subiective is the second book of read of Ms Freemantle s and I would encourage those that enjoy British medieval historical fiction to give her an eye 4 stars


10 thoughts on “Sisters of Treason

  1. says:

    The late 16th century was uite uniue in that for an extended period all potential heirs to the throne were female and it is against this backdrop that ' Sisters Of Treason' is set It mainly focuses on three Tudor figures normally given scant regard in the history books they are Lady Katherine Grey Lady Mary Grey sisters of the deposed nine day ueen Jane and Flemish born Levina Teerlinc court painter This was a particular

  2. says:

    After finishing ueen's Gambit I knew that I had to read Fremantle's take on the unfortunate Grey sisters Contains historical facts that may be spoilers to someI love the fact that this story is about Katherine and Mary and their lives after the execution of their sister Jane rather than the much told story of Jane's life While I love Jane's story and think she had amazing potential this story was uniueThe novel is tol

  3. says:

    From early on in the book it was clear that there was little to keep me reading There was no plot driver or anything that made me want to finish the book Obviously Mary I was going to die and Elizabeth succeed her as ueen I should have been eag

  4. says:

    The Tudors have been written about so much in the past several years that I've found myself having a desire to bypass most of them This novel was different in that it looked at the Grey girls who really have been omitted almost entirely from the Tudors history It was refreshing in a bitter sweet way to find out about the lives of these girls that were 'cursed' with Tudor blood Well written and easy to read thi

  5. says:

    Find this and other reviews at was eager to get my hands on Elizabeth Fremantle's Sisters of Treason I read The ueen's Rivals last year and while I enjoyed Purdy's take on the Grey sisters the book lacked the gravitas I crave I needed something I could sink my teeth into something with a little meat on the bone

  6. says:

    Made it just over 100 pages in 111 to be exact There's just no narrative to this There are 3 POVs Katharine a whiny self involved gir

  7. says:

    In looking back through history you will find that for the most part it is the women’s lives who have the most blank spots when it comes to chronicling events I have never really looked at the Grey family perhaps because the Grey girls lives were so tragic and often when I go to read it is difficult to look closely up

  8. says:

    I will state right now that Philippa Gregory has SERIOUS competition Elizabeth Fremantle is by far the best histo

  9. says:

    I was awarded this book by NetGalley the morning I got the approval email it had been archived and I could not download it I sent an email to the publisher they allowed me access I am SO happy they did I enjoyed this book

  10. says:

    Katherine Grey has been having a great few years lately just a bit unfortunate that this comes nearly five hundred years after she had a fair

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