Sisters of Treason
Neither sister is well suited to a dangerous life at court. Flirtatious Lady Catherine, thought to be the true heir, cannot control her compulsion to love and be l ...more
(Contains historical facts that may be spoilers to some.)
I 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 more unique.
The novel is told from the POV of each of the sisters and artist, Levina Teerli ...more
The author failed to create the feeling of sympathy for her characters. Take Katherine for her example, her sister has died so she ...more
I was eager to get my hands on Elizabeth Fremantle's Sisters of Treason. I read The Queen'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 more meat on the bone if you get my meaning.
Fremantle caught my attention with Queen Gambit, but I'll be honest, I think her sophomore release stronger tha ...more
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 frequent (although at this time, pain was hidden)
It falls on the shoulders of the author of historical fiction to tak ...more
In "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, Queen of Scots.
I am SO happy they did, I enjoyed this book. As much as I have read about QE1 and family, I only knew a little of Lady Jane Grey, and nothing of her sisters Katherine and Mary.
It wasn't until the chapter named Kitty & Mouse that I thought about their nicknames that way. I liked that.
I really loved the ...more
I won this book in a Goodreads First Read competition a while back, and I do feel a little guilty that I've taken this long to review it.
This is a very grey book about the Grey sisters.
It opens with the execution of Lady Jane Grey - the Queen who succeeded Edward VI for all of 9 nines day before Mary I's supporters took the crown.
I'm afraid to say that this scene was the ...more
I started Sisters of Treason shortly after finishing the last book in alternative history trilogy by Laura Andersen. Where the latter novel portrays Mary Tudor as a self-described pious martyr of her faith and Elizabeth as practical and devoted to preserving the integrity of the crown, Fremantle's story casts them in a light more in tune to how they've been portrayed in fiction (Mary delusional and melancholy, Elizabeth cunning and not necessarily trusting of everybod ...more
Maybe it's the setting, as I'm more comfortable reading earlier history (Go, Matilda!). But then again, I like Elizabeth Moss/Victoria Lamb and that's the same time period. I'll likely try this one again in future.
I received a copy of this for free via Goodreads First Reads.
Tudor history is one of those time periods that has been written about every possible way, with just about every person of note highlighted and nearly every corner unearthed to try and present the history in a new and interesting light. While I still can't get enough of the Tudors I do understand why many readers have all but banned them from their reading lists....there's just been such an over-saturation of the subject matter! So wha ...more
The opening scene with Jane Grey at the block really caught my attention, holding me in suspense despite knowing the outcome and set a firm tone to the novel.
Like Queen's Gambit, Sisters of Treason was visually stunning and could clearly see the story that was playing out.
The Sisters in question were well built and instantly felt for them, I particularly liked Mary, she was the tortoise of the childhood fable that everyone just has to route for. Kathrine on the other hand is the hare, hu ...more
My favourite was definitely Mary and I really wished it could have ended happily for her. Being crook backed definitely didn’t make things easy for her and people can be so cruel. And yet she remained kind and gentle despite everything. Her sister’s death had deep impact on her and taught how dangerous it can be to have royal blood in your veins.
Katherine was the type tha ...more
The story is narrated by Katherine and Mary Grey with a third perspective in third person focusing on Levina Teerkinc, a Flemish painter who served in the courts of Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I. I had not known anything about Levina as she was not mentioned in my art history courses even though the tutors were s ...more
Review to come.
Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to introduce you all to the successor to Phillipa Gregory's historical fiction throne. Elizabeth Fremantle has an eloquence in her writing that few authors are able to capture, yet is so very important for a book of this specific nature. It's beautiful, descriptive, intelligently written, and the amount of research that went into this novel is quite impressive.
Sisters of Treason is written out of three perspectives: Katharine Grey, the middle Grey sister who's...more
After Lady Jane and her husband Guildford Dudley were beheaded for treason, Lady Jane left behind two sisters, Lady Katherine, and Lady Mary who would also be pawns in the game for the throne of England.
Lady Katherine was married to Harry Herbert when she was 12 on the same day her sister J ...more
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