The Lady in the Tower, Paperback
5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Spring 1540 I am afraid. You are in grave danger. Mother, will you run away with me if I can free you? The servants call it the Lady Tower: the isolated part of the castle where Eleanor's mother is imprisoned after a terrible accusation.

For four years Eleanor's only comfort has been their secret notes to one another.

A chance discovery reveals a plot to murder her mother.

Now Eleanor must free her before it is too late. But with danger and betrayal at every turn, she can trust no one.

Especially not her father. Eleanor must use all her cunning to survive. For she soon realises that it is not just her mother she needs to save ...but also herself.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336 pages, illustrations
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Adventure
  • ISBN: 9780192755315



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Eleanor had a happy childhood in 16th century England, during the reign of King Henry VIII. Her loving and indulgent parents allowed her to ride horses, learn to joust with her cousin and younger brother, and did not scold her too much for her failure to learn ladylike tasks such as sewing. That all changed when Eleanor is eleven. Her father, suddenly a different man than the one she had known all her life, falsely accused her mother of terrible crimes and had her locked in a tower in their home.The story picks up four years later. In the aftermath of these events, Eleanor has become estranged from her father, and from her younger brother who is close to her father and cannot remember the time before her mother was imprisoned. She secretly conspires with the servants and villagers to deliver food and messages to her mother, and to save her from her father’s plots to have her killed. Her father had her betrothed to a much older man but he died before the wedding day, to Eleanor’s relief. However, now that she is fifteen, he has chosen another man to be her husband. His choice, Lord Stanton, is young and handsome, but she believes he is on her father’s side, and she knows if she marries and leaves her home, her mother will have no one left to protect her from her father.The Lady in the Tower is a wonderful young adult historical novel set in the Tudor era, one of my favorite time periods. Eleanor is a lively and likeable character, and the book has a perfect blend of history, intrigue, and romance. I highly recommend this book to readers who enjoy young adult historical fiction and I look forward to reading more from Marie-Louise Jensen, who is a promising new writer in this genre.

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I could not put this book down! I loved it, one of my top ten all time favourite books! The plot was just fantasic, and the ending couldn't have been any better! I could read this book every single day and still not get bored of it, I think I have just fallen in love with the story and the characters!I recommand this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction books with a mixture of truth. In a way the big idea is just like Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (another of my favourites). The man falls in love with the lady, but the lady is full of prejudice and hates the man with all her heart. After the lady finds out how much good he has done for all, she falls in love with him but she thinks it's too late. Then, just like a fairy tale the man and lady come together as a perfect couple and live happily ever after!

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