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Arbella Stuart is trapped behind the towering in the ePUB #10003 glass windows of Hardwick Hall Kept cloistered from a world that is full of dangers for someone with royal blood Half the country wish to se. 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 women faced even if they are high born it really is a man s world Arbella Stuart is the potential heir to ueen Elizabeth s throne imprisoned in a glass tower at Hardwick Hall by the ambitious and scheming Bess Hardwick the Countess of Shrewsbury Aemilia Ami Lanyer is a poet and mistress of Henry Hunsdon a cousin to the ueen A pregnant Ami is married off to Alphonso Lanyer The author weaves fictional connections between these two strong independent and educated women that span the courts of Elizabeth I and James I documenting the political intrigues religious factions the conspiracies and the plots the culture and the rampant paranoia that pervades the historical periodAlphonso dies leaving Ami single and a widow living with debts and in poverty and struggling to bring up her son Henry Ami is a woman with secrets that threaten to consume her her neighbours eye her with suspicion and there is much talk of witches There are references that Ami is possibly Shakespeare s Dark Lady She comes across papers and a partial fragmented memoir of Arbella living a cloistered life rendered powerless and open to the machinations of family and other groups which leaves Ami feeling decidedly guilty We learn of Arbella through the device of the memoir the betrayals and her isolated thwarted life Arbella is condemned by her familial links to royalty serving to seal her tragic personal history as her fate lies in the hands of others she is free to make no decisions and all hopes for marriage and happiness are cruelly dashed The only thing she has control over is her bodyFremantle gives us in depth insights into this turbulent historical period with detailed descriptions Her characters are complex shaped by the prejudices and attitudes of the time I was fascinated with portrayal and development of Arbella and Ami women who have much in common as they attempt to throw off the chains that bind and whose lives get dangerously entangled This is a great book to read if you are interested in little known Tudor and Stuart history Many thanks to Penguin Michael Joseph for an ARC

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The Girl in the Glass Tower

E her on the throne and The Girl ePUB #192 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 love. 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 secondary character never became someone I cared about either Shame

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Who she wants to wear a man's trousers and ride Girl in the Kindle #209 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 dea. 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 women faced even if they are high born it really is a man's world Arbella Stuart is the potential heir

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    “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 wal

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    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

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    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 rea

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    Great TOME bewareupdated on 12 Feb 2017Excellent historical fiction which soon draws the reader into this period in English history a

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    uite disappointing I've enjoyed two of Elizabeth Fremantle's previous books ueen's Gambit and Sisters of Treason so was sur

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    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 cour

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    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 1405920041Arbella Stuart is a royal who lives at Hardwick Hall she cannot leave Trapped behind the huge glass windows of Hardwick Hall Arbella longs to be free But with half the country wanting her to take the throne and the other

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    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 uit

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    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 to court were informed and enlightening I did however wonder about the choice of Arbella Stuart as