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The Girl in the Glass Tower [ epub ] by Elizabeth Fremantle

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Ee her on the throne and many others for her death which would leave the way clear for her cousin James the Scottish KingArbella longs to be free from her cold hearted grandmother; to l. To read all my book reviews plus author interviews excerpts and giveaways visit my blog Girl in the Glass Tower weaves together the stories of two women drawing on historical fact about each of their lives although in reality as the author admits in her afterword there is no evidence to say they ever met in the way imagined However this is historical fiction after all and I really liked the way the author made connections between the situations of the two women Aemilia Lanyer referred to as Ami in the novel was an English female poet who became mistress to Henry Hunsdon first cousin of Elizabeth I When she fell pregnant she was married off to Alphonso Lanyer We encounter Ami in this novel following Alphonso s death left in poverty to bring up her son Henry Ami comes into possession of Arbella s papers which include fragments of a memoir Although Arbella s letters do still exist the existence of a memoir is an invention of the author for the purposes of the novel Through reading Arbella s words Ami hopes to assuage the guilt she feels at having failed her friend The reader will find out about this towards the end of the book Ami shares the same sense of expectation as the reader as she reads through the papers She can sense that her own story is about to intersect with Lady Arbella s The idea excites her makes her wonder how she will be portrayed whether she will recognize herself Will she be there substantially at the heart of the story or as a ghost in the margins At the same time Ami must struggle with the challenges of daily life as a widow without financial means I found the depiction of Ami s everyday life and her efforts to carve out a living really convincing and engaging As a single woman and one who is educated to boot she attracts the suspicion of her neighbours at a time when accusations of witchcraft were rife Arbella s journal reveals her life in a gilded cage existing in an atmosphere of constant threat because of her royal blood and the ever present fear that she may be used as a figurehead for rebellion by competing political and religious factions Unknown to Arbella those who would use her for their own objectives may be closer than she imagines invisible malign forces Intelligent educated and with a gift for writing Arbella lacks control of her own destiny Even a potential marriage would have political conseuences so she must remain unmarried and unfulfilled In the imagination of the author Arbella seeks to exercise a degree of control over her life in the only way available to her As presented in the book there are large gaps in Arbella s journal covering periods of years Ami seeks to fill those gaps and bring a resolution to Arbella s story It is the story of a woman silenced and with her pen Ami will give her a voice I d come across references to Arbella Stuart when reading other historical fiction of the period but knew little about her so I very much enjoyed having some light shed on her sad and ultimately tragic life Arbella Stuart joins the list of Tudor and Stuart women who suffered because of their position in the royal succession and the political machinations of others I enjoyed this book and will certainly seek out other books by Elizabeth FremantleI received an advance reader copy courtesy of NetGalley and publishers Michael Joseph in return for an honest review

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Ove who she wants to wear a man's trousers and ride her beloved horse Dorcas But if she ever wishes to break free she must learn to navigate the treacherous game of power or end up dead. So this book was recommended to me and to be fair it was an entertaining novel However there was something about it that didn t uite resonate with me Maybe it was the length of the book which IMO should have been shorter or maybe that I felt little empathy for the characters I can t uite put my finger on what it was Could just be that I ve read loads of pretty similar novels and I m getting just a bit bored It was good to finally read some historical fiction that doesn t just re hash the same Tudor stories but I d take some Phillips Gregory over this In summary it s entertaining and perfectly readable but not the best piece of historical fiction I ve ever read


10 thoughts on “The Girl in the Glass Tower

  1. says:

    This is literary historical fiction styled into the form of a thriller Fremantle writes a historical account about two real life women about whom little is known to delineate the hardships and powerlessness that w

  2. says:

    “It was the sheer size of the windows that made the rooms at Hardwick so impossible to heat Grandmother seemed impervious to the chill and could not hide her delight at her vast shimmering rectangles of glass fit for a cathedral the talk of all Derbyshire”photo by my husband MarkHardwick Hall glass than wall so went a

  3. says:

    Arbella Stuart was long considered a contender for the English throne after the demise of Elizabeth I So she was kept a virtual prisoner by her grandmother known to history as Bess of Hardwick and cocooned against potential

  4. says:

    To read all my book reviews plus author interviews excerpts and giveaways visit my blog Girl in the Glass Tower weaves together the stories of two women drawing on historical fact about each of their lives although in reality as the author admits in her afterword there is no evidence to say they ever met in the way imagined However this is h

  5. says:

    Great TOME bewareupdated on 12 Feb 2017Excellent historical fiction which soon draws the reader into this period in English history and its intrigue and plot The narrative covers two parallel stories the first being the lif

  6. says:

    uite disappointing I've enjoyed two of Elizabeth Fremantle's previous books ueen's Gambit and Sisters of Treason so was surprised by how much this book didn't grip me and was even boring Nothing happened until 34 of the way through and even then I wasn't feeling it The majority of the book was presumably a set up of our main character but I found her flat and not well developed even after 300 pages And the se

  7. says:

    The absorbing and intimate story of Lady Arbella Stuart who so nearly succeeded Elizabeth I to the throne in 1603 In parallel we experience the story of Arbella's friend the poet Aemilia Lanyer after she fell from grace from the court of James I

  8. says:

    The Girl in the Glass Tower by Elizabeth FremantleTitle The Girl in the Glass TowerAuthor Elizabeth FremantlePublished Feb '17Publisher Penguin Genre #History Pages 464Price on Paperback £774 Kindle £499ISBN 1

  9. says:

    So this book was recommended to me and to be fair it was an entertaining novel However there was something about it that didn’t uite resonate with me Maybe it was the length of the book which IMO should have been shorter or maybe that I felt little empathy for the characters I can’t uite put my finger on what it was Could just b

  10. says:

    It's difficult to write uality historical fiction based on true events and I think that Elizabeth Fremantle did a good job on the whole Her writing is of a very good uality and her descriptions of life in and near

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