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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 previous 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 quite a weather change Leanda De Lisle s book The Sisters Who Would Be Queen 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 Queen s Gambit but I felt like Sisters of Treason was a bit of a disappointment.I have a strong love hate thing going with historical fiction I love history but I hate it when people 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 Queen was because I had done my back in and the mental pain of reading Gregory s dreadful prose was a comparatively pleasant distraction from the physical agony of a lower back in spasm Elizabeth Fremantle s book is nothing like as dispiriting as anything Philippa Gregory puts out but given how much I enjoyed Queen 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 impression.Given that this is my third time reviewing a book about the Grey sisters, I feel slightly guilty retreading the plot 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 is farcomposed than her mother and although it was perhaps something of a stretch to imagine a last minute reunion 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 a personality transplant rather than being the cold blooded harpy who ordered her daughter to her death, over the past few years her behaviour has been re evaluatedfavourably and now she is a terribly good sort of woman who loved her daughters but was manipulated by her ambitious husband Quite why Fremantle chose to extend this re evaluation by making her launch into French phrases mid sentence was unclear Given that she only ever used simple 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 Really As with its predecessor Queen s Gambit, Fremantle has done her research and stirred in a few extra real life people last time it was a famous playwright and a royal physician This time, she has summoned up portraitist Levina Teerlinc and imagined for her a connection with the Grey 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 Queen s Gambit, hers was the ancient work vs family debate that has plagued women since time immemorial but Levina s family life felt ill defined and vague Other than occasional flashes, even her apparent religious principles 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 present 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, theeffective parts 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 Queen s knee She hopes to be excused from this when the Queen 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 posted early on when the departing Jane leaves no word for her youngest sister becaus she says that Mary requires 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 her.I 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 Queen, I really felt for that poor 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 potentially compelling elements of her story and it just seems peculiar 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 quite 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 her.More than The Sisters Who Would Be Queen or indeed A Dangerous Inheritance, Elizabeth Fremantle seems to be telling a story about women whose very existence was a treason Mary Grey wantedthan to simply sit on the Queen s knee Katherine Grey wantedthan to flirt and frolic They wanted to live, to love, to have a home, to bethan the simple sum of their family Mary Grey s simple plea 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 rebel 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 eventhan usual With Queen 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 Queen of Scots later this year For my full review Find this and other reviews at 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 littlemeat on the bone if you get my meaning Fremantle caught my attention with Queen Gambit, but I ll be honest, I think her sopho release stronger than its 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 headed.Tone is not the only thing that stands out when reflecting on this piece 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 sisters from beyond the grave The same originality is 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 personalities and roles resulted in something both unique and memorable Fremantle adds dimension to the story through Levina Teerlinc A minor historical footnote, Levina is an artisan A court painter who exists in the privileged circles of the elite without belonging to it Her voice balances those of her social superiors, but really liked how her story arc paralleled and played against those of Catherine and Mary Richly detailed and vividly dramatic, Sisters of Treason, is a genuinely first rate historical Engaging, provocative and damn near impossible to put down. EBOOK ♹ Sisters of Treason (The Tudor Trilogy, #2) ☣ 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 PoliticsNeither 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 Loved Her Sister, Clever Lady Mary, Has A Crooked Spine And A Tiny Stature In An Age When Physical Perfection Equates To Goodness And Both Girls Have Inherited The Tudor Blood That Is Curse Than Blessing For Either Girl To Marry Without Royal Permission Would Be A Potentially Fatal Political Act It Is The Royal Portrait Painter, Levina Teerlinc, Who Helps The Girls Survive These Troubled Times She Becomes Their Mentor And Confidante But When The Queen 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 Queen, Risk Her Life, And Find The Safety And Love She Longs For The Tudors have been written about so much in the past 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 outabout 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 4.5 stars In looking back through history you will find that, for the most part, 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 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 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 quickly 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 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. Made it just over 100 pages 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 Queen 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 past and make it come alive, but this is just sadly putting me to sleep. 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 years.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.Interwoven with the story of the Grey sisters is that of artist Levina Teerlinc, a reknowned miniaturist whose work is held in the VA, amongst other places.Katherine and Mary are interestingly 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 as precocious a scholar as her older sister Jane and her cousin Elizabeth.Beautifully 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 far.Highly recommended to all lovers of historical fiction. 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 publisher they allowed me access 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 character that Mary was given there was not much about her written in history Elizabeth Fremantle fleshed out the people in this book so very well I would most certainly read another of her books Well written, interesting in a period historical book, many characters to love There was not as much about Queens Mary, or Elizabeth, but this was not mainly about them,of their treatment of their cousins and how lives can be ruined by the blood relations we have. After finishing Queen 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 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 wasunique.The novel is told from the POV of each of the sisters and artist, Levina Teerlinc I enjoyed the sisters and their 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 Queen Elizabeth.Mary isof 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 right path.Together 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 passion to a broken yet still young woman was heartbreaking Poor Mary is forced to continue to serve the cruel queen 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 queen Though I knew their story, I was captivated by Fremantle s storytelling I have yet to read a story that makes me think anything positive about Elizabeth and wonder why so many revere her Mary and Katherine couldn t bedifferent, but both suffer for nothingthan Elizabeth s fear of their Tudor blood A very worthwhile and satisfying read I look forward togreat novels from this author. From early on in the book, it was clear that there was little to keep me reading There was no plot driver or anything that made me want to finish the book Obviously, Mary I was going to die and Elizabeth succeed her as queen I should have been eager to see this happen hungry to watch the characters thrust into this 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 isconcerned with her love interest which results in even less emotional connectedness The three protagonists of the book are very different people They have their own separate point of views and very far apart stories That being said, each point of view sounded the same Had I not read the character name at the beginning of each chapter section I wouldn t have been able to tell the difference, ignoring plot 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 again.I won this book as a giveaway, here, on goodreads.