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Elizabeth Fremantle

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As a child I was the one in the corner with my nose in a book who wanted to be a writer, but with the onset of a turbulent adolescence I left school, under a cloud, aged fifteen with nothing more than a fistful of O Levels and a hapless sense that things would somehow work themselves out. Eventually, after working in various dodgy dives – I've served grey scrambled eggs to squaddies at 5.30am; I've served vintage champagne to raucous hoorays; I've pulled pints for all and sundry – I managed to find myself, much in the way Forrest Gump always landed on his feet, working as a dogsbody on a fashion magazine. Over a decade, I worked for titles such as Vogue, Elle and The Sunday Times and contributed to many others. Marriage took me to Paris, a ...more

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Elizabeth Fremantle I’m writing a novel about Arbella Stuart, the niece of Mary Queen of Scots, a young woman who was raised to inherit the throne of England from…moreI’m writing a novel about Arbella Stuart, the niece of Mary Queen of Scots, a young woman who was raised to inherit the throne of England from Elizabeth I, only to see it go to her cousin, James I. Her life was remarkable, and she was a truly fascinating woman. In my novel her story is woven through with that of the poet, Aemelia Lanyer. It will be published by Penguin in the uk in 2016.(less)
Elizabeth Fremantle I never stop researching and because all my novels are chronologically linked, moving forward in time, I find that research for one book interlinks…moreI never stop researching and because all my novels are chronologically linked, moving forward in time, I find that research for one book interlinks with the next. I’m always reading for the next book while writing the previous one. The research is constant but it is hugely pleasurable. With a particular book though there is always a time when I have to force myself to stop the research and sit down to write. Sometimes this is challenging.(less)
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Picture JAMES I&IV "I desire only to live in this world for your sake, and that I had rather live banished in any part of the earth with you than live a sorrowful widow's life without you. And so God bless you, my sweet child and wife, and grant that ye may ever be a comfort to your dear dad and husband." 
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“Katherine and the children have made paper boats and are floating them on the moat to see which one stays up the longest, contriving always that Edward’s should be the winner. He is learning from an early age that the world conspires magically to favor him. After all, he will be King one day and that is the way of things for kings.”
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“I remember Maman once saying of the old Queen that power corrupts. I have thought much on it and it seems to me that it is not power that corrupts, but the fear of its loss," she pauses with a sigh. After all Mary and Elizabeth Tudor were just girls once, not so different from my sisters, or any other girls, for the that matter. It is fear that changed them.”
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