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An endlessly fascinating era, and Fremantle manages to combine pacey storytelling with superb background...terrifically entertaining. The Times Fremantle is surely a major new voice in historical fiction (...) what Hilary Mantel fans should read while waiting for the final part of her trilogy The Bookseller A sumptuous epic Metro Gripping Woman & Home A great read. Sisters of Treason totally transports the reader to the Tudor court, with all its tensions and games Katherine Webb, author of The Misbegotten Electric Good Housekeeping Rich and enticing Stylist Elizabeth Fremantle brings the decadent, conniving, back-stabbing world of the 16th-century British court to brilliant life here, revealing what one woman can teach us all about the timeless art of survival Andrea Walker,

About the Author

Elizabeth Fremantle is the author of Sisters of Treason, Queen’s Gambit, and Watch the Lady, and has contributed to Vogue, The Wall Street Journal, Vanity Fair, The Sunday Times (London), and other publications. She has also reviewed fiction for The Sunday Express. She lives in London, England.

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  • File Size: 4517 KB
  • Print Length: 449 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (July 8, 2014)
  • Publication Date: July 8, 2014
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GEEB93I
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Format: Kindle Edition
Multifaceted viewpoints of the bloody game for power that consumed 16th-century England create this gripping tale of poisonous fate, consequences of choices and battles for survival. The reader follows the keyhole views of Mary and Katherine Grey who live with the daily fear of being sent to the executioner's block as their brother-in-law, older sister and father before them for treason. An outsider's view is also supplied by following Levina Teerlinc a talented artist who paints miniature portraits of the English court, forms a unique bound with the Grey family and allows the reader a commoner's view of the shifting decrees and opinions of the widespread public. These three women must somehow transverse the narrow razor edge of favor with the Grey's fickle ordained cousins who with one word and flourish of a sharpened quill pen could sentence all three to the dreaded Tower, banishment or send them to their grisly deaths at the hand of the executioner. With these looming threats the sisters must make choices that will ultimately affect everyone involved but what are the right choices? Katherine Grey wants to be loved, her younger sister Mary wants her freedom from the gilded cage of palace life and Levina Teerlinc wants to keep her family safe and untouched by the danger that surrounds them. This is the ultimate game of survival where it seems no one can be trusted, there may not be any easy solutions and the simple fact that if a drop of Tudor blood flows in a man, woman, or child in 16th-century England they could be next to kneel to the axe.

I was pleasantly surprised with Sisters of Treason. I will be honest, I was envisioning only a brushed over flimsy history lesson with weak characters and anachronistic language, terminology and actions.
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Sisters of Treason by Elizabeth Freemantle is set in 16th century England during a time of political upheaval. At the heart of the story are three women, the sisters Mary and Catherine Grey, and painter Levina Teerlinc. Through their collective points of view, the story unfolds. The main story plot are the struggles of the two sisters to avoid court intrigue and politics. Still reeling after the beheading of their Sister, Lady Jane Grey, Catherine and Mary find themselves pulled into court intrigue despite their attempts to keep their distance, where a single swipe of the quill or a few angry words, or even worse, the truth, will spill out and see them imprisoned in the Tower or executed.

Although I had not read the previous book, The Queen's Gambit, it made no difference – this story definitely stands alone. At first I was a little apprehensive because of the over-abundance of Tudor novels on the market currently, and I am getting a little weary of them, but I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised. The author has taken us deep into the viewpoint of two lesser known women in England’s history. So for that aspect alone, I found this book unique and refreshing. Brava Elizabeth Freemantle for bringing to life women other than those married to Henry VIII!

I did not expect to become so involved in this story, but I did. Lots of detail, spectacular writing, and an engaging plot kept me involved right to the very last page. Definitely a book not to overlook, especially if you are a fan of English history! I'm definitely looking forward to reading The Queen's Gambit!
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Format: Kindle Edition
The Tudor time period is one of my favorites. And Lady Jane Grey is a great tragedy of this time. This story takes place just after Lady Jane’s beheading.
It follows her sisters as they experience court life after the political fall of their family.
This is a very well researched novel. I love the way each sister has a voice. The sisters have different roles throughout the court which is very intriguing. However, there are places in the body of the novel that are just plain dull. I expected a faster pace with more plotting and planning.

3 out of 5 stars

I received this book from Netgalley for an honest review.
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In Sisters of Treason, the author weaves together historical fact and fiction and brings to life the story of the enigmatic Grey sisters, who along with their more tragic sister, Jane, were forced to live within the shadow of the Tudor crown, and who were destined to leave their own mark on Tudor history. In the aftermath of the execution of Lady Jane Grey, Mary Tudor’s court is a scheming hive of plot, counterplot and malice, and for the Grey sisters keeping close to the Queen is not a comfortable arrangement. However, keeping your enemies close is a theme which will reverberate throughout the reigns of both Tudor queens.

Told in the combined voices of sisters Katherine and Mary Grey and also of Levina Teerlinc who is a court painter we are given an insight into just what life was like at the centre of Tudor politics and of how both Katherine and Mary were always kept within a hair’s breadth of the Tudor crown. Both sisters lived a tragic life and this is sensitively and emotionally explored in a novel which covers both the reigns of ‘bloody Mary’ and her more charismatic, but no less terrifying sister, Elizabeth.

There is no doubt that this new voice in historical fiction really knows how to bring the royal court alive in a believable and realistic way. Beautifully written and meticulously researched Sisters of Treason abounds with danger and political skulduggery, and offers a unique insight into a royal court where being a potential Tudor heir and female was fraught with danger, and which ultimately would have no happy ending for any of the trio of Grey sisters.
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