Kindle ePUB [Sisters of Treason The Tudor Trilogy #2 world history] author Elizabeth Fremantle
Interestingly portrayed Katherine as a woman lead by her emotions and Mary as one lead by her intellect Indeed from what we
Know Of Mary She Was of Mary she was as precocious a scholar as her older sister Jane and her cousin ElizabethBeautifully written and enthralling Elizabeth Fremantle is a writer to watch I ve read two of her books and am een to get my hands on her other two all she has written so farHighly recommended to all lovers of historical fiction 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 Riding Class (Saddle Club, 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 After finishing ueen s Gambit Inew 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 told from the POV of each of the sisters and artist Levina Teerlinc I enjoyed the sisters and their personalities that were so different but Levina never grew on me Katherine was the flighty emotional and selfish girl that she is often characterized as but she also had a deeper side She would wish for a simple life and try to be less selfish but couldn t help falling back into her impetuous and thoughtless ways Yet somehow she is loved by all All except the bitter and jealous ueen ElizabethMary is of a deep thinker maybe because so little is expected of her She buries anger over her disabilities lack of future and mockery that she endures but every now and then it bubbles to the surface She often thinks of her sister Jane and wonders what she would do in order to Silver Stirrups (Saddle Club, keep herself on the right pathTogether the sisters are tormented by Elizabeth who denies them freedom love and anyind of real life Watching beautiful Katherine go from being full of life and passion to a broken yet still young woman was heartbreaking Poor Mary is forced to continue to serve the cruel ueen even as she Different Class knows that her sister is in need with nobody to help her I enjoyed the development of the sisters and their courage to attempt a stand against the self absorbed ueen Though Inew their story I was captivated by Fremantle s storytelling I have yet to read "a story that makes me think anything positive about Elizabeth and wonder why so many "story that makes
Me Think Anything Positivethink anything positive Elizabeth and wonder why so many her Mary and Katherine couldn t be different but both suffer for nothing than Elizabeth s fear of their Tudor blood A very worthwhile and satisfying read I look forward to great novels from this author. Ainter Levina Teerlinc who helps 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 for.
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Morning I Got TheI got the 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 As much as I have "read about E1 and family I only new a little of Lady Jane Grey and nothing of her "about E1 and family I only new a little of Lady Jane Grey and nothing of her Katherine and Mary It wasn t until the chapter named Kitty Mouse that I thought about their nicknames that way I liked thatI really loved the character that Mary was given there was not much about her written in history Elizabeth Fremantle fleshed out the people in this book so very well I would most certainly read another of her books Well written interesting in a period historical book many characters to love There was not as much about ueens Mary or Elizabeth but this was not mainly about them of their treatment of their cousins and how lives can be ruined by the blood relations we have 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 girl who goes from crying over a boy to suddenly a lesbian bisexual Mary a younger girl who is either lamenting her deformity or being treated like a baby by the ueen and Lavinia an artist who just talks about hiding how she s not a Catholic None of the POVs are engaging and I don t care about any of the characters The best historical fictions find the story within the past and make it come alive but this is just sadly putting me to sleep From early on in the book it was clear that there was little to Goldilocks the Three Bears 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 aey 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 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 fairly unhappy life Given that previous to around 2011 the only reason Ladies Katherine and Mary Grey had really only clung on to the historical record as Lady Jane Grey s sisters this is uite a weather change Leanda De Lisle s book The Sisters Who Would Be ueen seems to have lit a spark that started a real old bonfire and so the forgotten Grey girls are creeping out into the limelight Alison Weir attempted to retell their story with A Dangerous Inheritance but it was all a bit tedious I had better hopes for Elizabeth Fremantle after ueen s Gambit but I felt like Sisters of Treason was a bit of a disappointmentI have a strong love hate thing going with historical fiction I love history but I hate it when people who I find interesting are written badly I don t actually mind if they re made into a villain but I really do feel fed up when *Philippa Gregory cranks out yet another book about where the women giggle and simper and flounce about * Gregory cranks out yet another book about where the women giggle and simper and flounce about their eyelashes The only way I got through The White ueen was because I had done my back in and the mental pain of reading Gregory s dreadful prose was a comparatively pleasant distraction from the physical agony of a lower back in spasm Elizabeth Fremantle s book is nothing like as dispiriting as anything Philippa Gregory puts 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 Elizabeth Freemantle brings these young women to life in a spellbinding Tudor tale of love and politicsNeither sister is well suited to a dangerous life at court Flirtatious Lady Catheri. ,
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Ut but given how much I enjoyed ueen s Gambit I had really hoped that I had finally found an author of historical fiction "to admire it wasn t that i hated "admire It wasn t that I hated of Treason it "Just Left No Real ImpressionGiven That This "left no real impressionGiven that this my third time reviewing a book about the Grey sisters I feel slightly guilty retreading the plot of their lives Sisters o 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 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 G 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 particulary uncertain period when switching allegiances among the nobility was common if only to maintain self preservation and ensure you didn t meet your fate with the scaffold Although this is a work of fiction the author has based it on historical facts and she has caught perfectly the workings of both the inner court through Lady Katherine and Lady Mary and the outsider s perspective through the eyes of Levina Teerlinc earning her living as portrait painter to the nobility something which at that time as a female defied convention The politics of the Tudor reign have been brought vividly to life capturing the dangers dramas and intrigue but also by focusing on specific lives we see a intimate and personal side to them This was an exciting read and ept me gripped right the way through The author has breathed life into these little nown characters and has them reaching out from the pages so that you can t help but get to Socialist Realism know and care about them I think it unfair to compare authors so I won t but what I will say is Elizabeth Fremantle is sure to become highly regarded in her genre and her books will be greeted with great anticipation I will state right now that Philippa Gregory has SERIOUS competition Elizabeth Fremantle is by far the best historical fiction writer I have come across in yearsIn Sisters of Treason she tells the story of Lady Jane Grey s two younger sisters Katherine and Mary Katherine who was a serious contender as Elizabeth I s heir and Mary who suffered the curse of the Plantagenet s scoliosis are often ignored by historical fiction writers in favour of their cousin Mary ueen of ScotsInterwoven with the story of the Grey sisters is that of artist Levina Teerlinc a reknowned miniaturist whose work is held in the VA amongst other placesKatherine and Mary are. Ne 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 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