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A Noble Assassin

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She's an old man's darling, a court beauty, the muse of poets. And, on top of it all, she's chief lady-in-waiting to the queen of England. Lucy Russell (nee Harington), Countess of Bedford, had it all. So why did she risk everything to save her friend, the princess, Elizabeth Stuart?
Paperback, 400 pages
Published November 24th 2011 by HarperCollins
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Jules
Jun 01, 2013 Jules rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of historical fiction about the royal family and the 17th century
This book follows on from The King's Daughter but isn't strictly a sequel, it can be read as a stand-alone story. Instead of continuing to follow the fortunes of Elizabeth Stuart, it focuses on the fate of Lucy Russell, the daughter of Elizabeth's guardian and Chief Lady of Queen Anne of Denmark introduced in the first book. Fate hasn't been kind to Lucy and she has fallen on hard times since the death of the Queen. Her only chance to shine at court again is to get Elizabeth and her husband to ...more
Hannah Fielding
Nov 29, 2012 Hannah Fielding rated it really liked it
I love historical fiction, particularly that set in Britain, and so was keen to read this novel, especially when I discovered that the author worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company for many years – what a wonderful job, and such a chance to immerse oneself in period stories.
The novel is beautifully written and expertly researched. I particularly enjoyed reading the historical information included at the end of the book, on characters, settings and events. I found myself entirely relaxed that
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Tilly
The Noble Assassin is the story of Lucy Russell, Countess of Bedford; a once prominent figure at court but now suffering the effects of poverty.
Stuck in an unhappy marriage to a miserly and mean man, Lucy jumps at the chance to regain favour at court, but even the best-laid plans can go horribly wrong.

I can't really decide whether I really enjoyed this book or not. The story itself was interesting, switching between current events and Lucy's past experiences which may have affected the curre
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Lisa Furey
Jul 08, 2016 Lisa Furey rated it it was ok
A Noble Assassin by Christie Dickason - This is another fictional biography this time of Lucy Russell Countess of Bedford. She was one of the Queen's favourites and had it all riches, fame, power and a lover. Now she is out of favour with the court and has been banished from court along with her husband. She is now trying to help her friend Elizabeth Stuart Queen of Bohemia to come home to England so hopefully she can regain favour in court.
I started this book and I really liked the first half o
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Louise
Feb 24, 2012 Louise rated it it was ok
Shelves: library
I came to this book with high hopes having loved all the previous ones by Christa Dickinson. Somehow this one left me cold. The story of Lucy Countess of Bedford who is out of favour and wants to be back in to make her fortune did not engage me.
On reflection i think that this is brave attempt by the author as the heroine was not a sympathetic one. But in order to make her more appealing there was too much emphasis on how awful her life had been which historically apt when told in the first perso
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I would give it 2.5 if I could, because the ending was quite interesting. Other than that it was quite a boring and slow read. The Countess of Bedford is a very interesting person, but she is written in a very odd way that also causes everyone else to be looked at in a strange light. The only really interesting bits were the interactions between
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Kate Forsyth
Aug 30, 2012 Kate Forsyth rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
Christie Dickason has carved out a niche for herself writing historical novels set during the Stuart period, which is just as bloody, romantic, tragic and interesting as the more popular Tudor period. I’ve always loved the Stuart period, and so I’ve been reading my way through all of her books, and loving every one of them. The Noble Assassin has as its heroine the beautiful and clever Lucy Russell, Countess of Bedford, a real historical figure, with the poet John Donne taking the role of ...more
Lisa
Oct 07, 2013 Lisa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not my cup of tea. Honestly, I found the storyline boring, and the protagonist thoroughly unlikeable. The story was meant to follow on from an earlier book by the author, The King's Daughter, but there were inconsistencies which just drove me mad. The writing style felt like the author was trying to reel off lots of information in a hurry, and the tenses were all over the place. There was something about the way Lucy's internal monologue was written that reminded me of Philippa Gregory at her wo ...more
Amelia
Feb 13, 2015 Amelia rated it liked it
Overall, not bad. As with other Christie Dickason books, a bit slow to get started, and a bit muddly with all the characters. But at least (unlike Gregory) she doesn't repeat over and over again who the characters are.
Only really grabbed me with wanting to know what was going to happen at the end. Otherwise very much a take-it-or-leave-it kind of book, that I'm glad I picked up on a "further discounted" sale, and I dont think I'll bother reading it again.
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Sep 24, 2012 Emily rated it liked it
I found it hard to get into this book. It switched time and character quite a bit at the beginning. Once I got into it it got better but still it wasn't the most enjoyable book I've read.
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Feb 06, 2015 07:39AM  
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I started to write at the age of three, long before I could spell. Understandably, I hid my poems and (very) short stories from my English professor father, who could spell words like ‘desiccate’ and also insisted on correct grammar. All the same, he passed on to me his delight in books and words as well as his joy in pursuing intellectual curiosity. Under his influence, I learned to relish ...more
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