Sisters of Treason, Paperback
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Following the acclaimed Queen's Gambit, Elizabeth Fremantle brings us a new novel of intrigue and menace at the Tudor Court...1554: Lady Jane Grey is executed by her cousin Queen Mary...Now Lady Jane's younger sisters Katherine and Mary, cursed with the Tudor blood that saw their sister killed, face the perils of the royal court alone.

Lady Katherine - young and spirited - makes dangerous romantic liaisons.

While Lady Mary - crook - backed and vulnerable - becomes the Queen's reluctant companion, yet yearns to escape court intrigue. And both girls fear their proximity to the Queen might be their undoing.

For the childless Queen is ill. If she should die Katherine may be pushed to power, but the Queen's half-sister Elizabeth casts a long shadow and if she gains the throne the court will become a terrifying maze of treachery and suspicion - where holding royal blood could be a death warrant for the two sisters...This sumptuous historical drama is perfect for fans of Philippa Gregory and Hilary Mantel. Through the eyes of the Grey sisters we are given an insight into the treacherous rule of the Tudor Court.

Praise for Elizabeth Fremantle: "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). "An endlessly fascinating era, and Fremantle manages to combine pacey storytelling with superb's terrifically entertaining." (The Times). "Rich and Enticing." (Stylist). "Gripping." (Woman and Home). 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, and Vanity Fair.

Her debut novel, Queen's Gambit, was published in 2013.

Sisters of Treason is her second novel.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Historical fiction
  • ISBN: 9781405909402



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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. Katherine is a flighty and beautiful girl, Mary is, in her words in the book, a midget with a crooked back. The Grey family are dangerously close to the throne and so pose a threat to first Queen Mary and then Queen Elizabeth. As a result, their lives are barely their own and any attempt at freedom is quickly curtailed.I don't read much historical fiction but I do enjoy some now and again and this book was a good choice. It was a bit slow to get going but when it did I found myself getting engrossed in the story. Mary was my favourite character as she's feisty, honest and quite fascinating. It's clear the author has done a lot of research into the period and the Grey family, but has also woven an intricate fictional story into the facts that are known. I quite fancy reading more by her now.

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