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I was awarded this book by NetGalley the morning I got the approval email it had been archived and I could not download it I sent an email to the ublisher they allowed me access I am SO happy they did I enjoyed this book As much as I have read about E1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 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 thatI really loved the character that Mary was given there was not much about her written in history Elizabeth Fremantle fleshed out the The Lone Star Groom: Bachelor Billionaire Romances people in this book so very well I would most certainly read another of her books Well written interesting in aeriod histo Made it just over 100 ages 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 ast and make it come alive but this is just sadly Crater Trueblood and the Lunar Rescue Company (Helium-3, putting me to sleep From early on in the book it was clear that there was little to keep me reading There was nolot 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 To Protect His Mate (Wolfe Brothers, 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 threerotagonists of the book are very different Star Wars Rogue Squadron II Rogue Leader Instruction booklet people They have their own separateoint of views and very far apart stories That being said each Boom 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 ignoringlot 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 a key 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 revious 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 Fremantle after ueen s 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 eople 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 batting their eyelashes The only way I got through The White ueen was because I had done my back in and the mental Good Morning, Buddha pain of reading Gregory s dreadfulrose was a comparatively Personal Delivery pleasant distraction from thehysical agony of a lower back in spasm Elizabeth Fremantle s book is nothing like as dispiriting as anything Philippa Gregory La Viña de Naboth ,Tomo I puts out 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 Sisters of Treason it just left no real impressionGiven that this is my third time reviewing a book about the Grey sisters I feel slightly guilty retreading thelot of their lives Sisters of Treason kicks off with a bang with the execution of Jane and this scene was in many ways the most successful of the novel Jane is steeled for martyrdom and far composed than her mother and although it was Gettysburgs Battlefield Photographer-William H Tipton perhaps something of a stretch to imagine a last minute before the axe fell Fremantle engineers it in a way that is credible Less believable is Frances Brandon s baffling francophilia Frances Brandon is another character who has gone through something of aersonality transplant rather than being the cold blooded harpy who ordered her daughter to her death over the Husband In Training past few years her behaviour has been re evaluated favourably and now she is a terribly good sort of woman who loved her daughters but was manipulated by her ambitious husband uite why Fremantle chose to extend this re evaluation by making her launch into Frenchhrases mid sentence was unclear Given that she only ever used simple Live Wire (Elite Ops, phrases which the average non French speaker could understand it did not feel in any way natural And every time the Grey girls referred to their mother as Maman it grated I know that they could not exactly call her Mum but Maman ReallyAs with itsredecessor ueen s Gambit Fremantle has done her research and stirred in a few extra real life Words of Radiance, Part 1 (The Stormlight Archive people last time it was a famouslaywright and
a royal Lauras Summer Ballet (Laura, physician This time she has summoned uportraitist Levina Teerlinc and imagined for her a connection with the royal hysician This time she has summoned up ortraitist Levina Teerlinc and imagined for her a connection with the family The narration of Sisters of Treason was split between Katherine Mary and Levina but I felt that the latter could have been safely dropped Levina s story did not catch me as much as Nicholas did in ueen s Gambit hers was the ancient work vs family debate that has lagued women since time immemorial but Levina s family life felt ill. 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 oliticsNeither sister is well suited to a dangerous life at court Flirtatious Lady Catheri. Defined and vague Other than occasional flashes even her apparent religious rinciples felt out of focus I understood Nicholas loyalty to Katherine Parr in Fremantle s last novel and I believed in it It just seemed a bit of a stretch to give credence to the notion that Levina de Teerlinc would sacrifice her family s well being to run after the Grey girls that she was so close to them that she was resent at Jane s death managed to smuggle herself into the Tower to visit Katherine and befriended Mary too To be frank what with her Great Artistic Talent her Loyalty and Warmth etc etc Levina felt a bit too Awesome for comfort she felt like a Mary Sue My favourite Grey sister has always been Lady Mary and for me the effective arts of Sisters of Treason were those told in her voice Mary Grey seems to have suffered from some form of dwarfism and had a crooked back throughout her life It was intriguing to imagine her function for Mary Tudor like a living doll Mary Grey is called to sit upon the ueen s knee She hopes to be excused from this when the ueen appears to be expecting a baby and it is with sullenness that she stumps back to her duty Mary is the Voice of Reason in Sisters of Treason with her outsider s eye as someone who looks neither to marriage or renown she sees to the truth of those around her and this is sign The Mob posted early on when the departing Jane leaves no word for her youngest sister becaus she says that Mary reuires no advice But all of that does not stop Mary from having a warm heart and being a dear soul The final section did make me want to rejoice for herI think though that what I found disappointing was Katherine s story It felt jumbled first of all there is the notion that she and her first husband were sexually active Then Fremantle introduces the idea that Katherine was actually bisexual and experimented with her future sister in law Jane Seymour niece of the one who was Henry VIII s third wife All of this does rather diminish her love story with young Edward Seymour Reading Katherine s love letters to her lost husband in The Sisters Who Would Be ueen I really felt for thatoor girl who had loved loved loved her husband and the children she had by him and had been separated from them I felt as though Fremantle had read A Dangerous Inheritance and wanted to avoid repeating Weir d book she is not focussing on one of the most Gentlemen Prefer Curves (Perfect Fit, potentially compelling elements of her story and it just seemseculiar I do feel that Fremantle is a hugely talented writer and Katherine Grey s life story has all the elements of an operatic tragedy but it feels as though Fremantle herself never uite believes in Katherine and Hereford as lovers He remained single for almost twenty years after her death I think there can be little doubt that he loved herMore than The Sisters Who Would Be ueen or indeed A Dangerous Inheritance Elizabeth Fremantle seems to be telling a story about women whose very existence was a treason Mary Grey wanted than to simply sit on the ueen s knee Katherine Grey wanted than to flirt and frolic They wanted to live to love to have a home to be than the simple sum of their family Mary Grey s simple lea was to be allowed to keep the tiny crumb of happiness she had found herself but by the simple fact of their royal blood their sovereign could take no chances Yet when the sovereign shows you no kindness it is hard *To Resist The Urge To * resist the urge to Still the final chapters felt rushed Fremantle skips huge chunks of her heroines lives and with this being my third book on the subject it annoyed me even than usual With ueen s Gambit a hit and this is a miss I think we shall have to call this a one all result so far for Elizabeth Fremantle and I shall look out for her up coming effort on Mary ueen of Scots later this year up coming effort on Mary ueen of Scots later this year my full review In looking back through history you will find that for the most art 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 erhaps 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 ain 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 O Jogo do Acaso 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 theast 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 Grey girls who really have been omitted almost entirely from the Tudors history It was refreshing in a bitter sweet way to find out about the lives of these girls that were cursed with Tudor blood Well written and easy to read this novel gave a very good glimpse into who these girls may have been and the turbulent life they led 45 stars The late 16th century was uite uniue in that for an extended The Wedding Day period allotential 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. 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 Firefight (The Reckoners, physicalerfection euates to goodness and both girls have inherited the Tudor blood that is curse than blessing For either girl to marry without royal ermission would be a otentially fatal olitical act It is the royal ortrait ,
The deposed nine day ueen Jane and Flemish born Levina Teerlinc court Stumble Into Love painter This was aarticulary uncertain Gun Meister Online period when switching allegiances among the nobility was common if only to maintain selfreservation 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 Dictionary of Literary Biography, Volume 285 perfectly the workings of both the inner court through Lady Katherine and Lady Mary and the outsider serspective through the eyes of Levina Teerlinc earning her living as Fifty Key British Films portraitainter to the nobility something which at that time as a female defied convention The Twentieth-Century Music and Politics 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 andersonal side to them This was an exciting read and kept me gripped right the way through The author has breathed life into these little known characters and has them reaching out from the Gender Inequality in Our Changing World pages so that you can t help but get to 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 otherlacesKatherine and Mary are interestingly Can Government Think? 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 considered asrecocious 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 keen 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 Fostering Change in Institutions, Environments, and People 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 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 thisiece 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 from beyond the grave The same originalityof itself guiding sisters from beyond the grave The same originality 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 Regulating Medicines in Europe 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 courtainter who exists in the Studying Cities and City Life privileged circles of the elite without belonging to it Her voice balances those of her social superiors but really liked how her story arcaralleled and Bi America played against those of Catherine and Mary Richly detailed and vividly dramatic Sisters of Treason is a genuinely first rate historical Engagingrovocative and damn near impossible to ut down After finishing ueen s Gambit I knew 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 s story and think had amazing otential 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 The Wives of Bath 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 keep herself on the rightathTogether the sisters are tormented by Elizabeth who denies them freedom love and any kind of real life Watching beautiful Katherine go from being full of life and Wool-Gathering or How I Ended Analysis passion to a broken yet still young woman was heartbreaking Poor Mary is forced to continue to serve the cruel ueen even as she 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 I knew their story I was captivated by Fremantle s storytelling I have yet to read a story that makes me think anythingositive about Elizabeth and wonder why so many revere 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.