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The Girl in the Glass TowerS been xiled from court and whose story becomes Nerds entwined with the first How the two narratives come together in the second half of the book is done well This is a well written historical fictionven for those readers new to the genre I felt the overall desolation of Arabella who was technically under house arrest and how awful to have so many silently plotting against her Elizabeth Fremantle is a master other craft and this is no In the Shadow of the Crown (Queens of England, exception Arabella perhaps one of the lesser known characters from the 16 th Century however in some ways I can see why She isn t the mostndearing of women As I couldn t warm to herthis reduced some of the Bark enjoyment for me hence the 4 To read all my book reviews plus author interviewsxcerpts and giveaways visit my blog Girl in the Glass Tower weaves together the stories of two women drawing on historical fact about ach of their lives although in reality as the author admits in her afterword there is no vidence to say they Hello, Hippo! Goodbye, Bird! 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 Wencounter 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 Cannibal exist thexistence 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 Mastered (The Enforcers, end of the book Ami shares the same sense ofxpectation 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 xcites 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 as a ghost 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 veryday life and her Alter Ego efforts to carve out a living really convincing andngaging As a single woman and one who is ducated 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 xisting in an atmosphere of constant threat because of her royal blood and the ver 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 ducated 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 Unseen City 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 muchnjoyed having some light shed on her sad and ultimately tra. 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 Gic 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 njoyed 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 Arbella Stuart and publishers Michael Joseph in return for an honest review Arbella Stuart 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 threats by Catholic plotters Fremantle imagines her life and tells it as a sort of memoir being read by out of favour court poet Aemilia Lanyer some years later I ve come across Lanyer before in other works that fictionally xplore her supposed relations with Shakespeare and put across the argument that she was his Dark Lady This was a wonderful piece of historical fiction and Fremantle has a masterful way with words 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

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of all Derbyshire photo my husband MarkHardwick Hall glass than wall so went a common saying about this l 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 God Is in the Crowd 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 andducated 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 ye 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 ntangled 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. Ove who she wants to wear a man's trousers and ride her beloved horse Dorcas But if she The Matriarchs (The Family ever wishes to break free she must learn to navigate the treacherous game of power ornd up dead.

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It s difficult to write uality historical fiction based on true vents and I think that Elizabeth Fremantle did a good job on the whole Her WRITING IS OF A VERY GOOD is of a very good and her descriptions of life in and near to court were informed and nlightening I did however wonder about the choice of Arbella Stuart as a subject of a 400 page book when much of her life was in confinement and most of the action doesn t start until the No Biggy! end of the book If you re a Tudorphile then I m sure you llnjoy this book So this Book Was Recommended To Me And To was recommended to me and to fair it was "an ntertaining novel However there was something about it that didn t uite "entertaining novel However there was something about it that didn t uite with me Maybe it was the length of the book which IMO should have been shorter or maybe that I felt little mpathy 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 Attracting Birds to Your Backyard en 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 half wanting her dead so her cousin can take the throne and become the Scottish King All Arbella wants is to be free from hervil grandmother she longs to ride her horses and be free to love who she wants But to be free she needs to learn how to navigate the treacherous waters of the kingdom s power plays or he might just Deep Listening end up dead To be honest I found this book to be uiet slow I struggled to get into it and must admit I couldn t finish it For this reason I am unable to give a full review I can say I will not read this book again and I would not recommend itither Thank You to NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in Bird-by-Bird Gardening exchange for an honest reviewRating One out of Five StarsWould I Read Again NoWould I Recommend NoWould I read other books by the same author YesReviews for this book can be found on UK under Lu s ReviewsGoodreadsNet Galley If a NetGalley BookMy Blogs at to this review can be found atTwitter lusreviewsFacebook lusreviews Instagram lusreviews The absorbing and intimate story of Lady Arbella Stuart who so nearly succeeded Elizabeth I to the throne in 1603 In parallel wexperience the story of Arbella s friend the poet Aemilia Lanyer after she fell from grace from the court of James I uite disappointing I ve The Works of Saint Augustine 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 wasven boring Nothing happened until 34 of the way through and ven then I wasn t feeling it The majority of the book was presumably a set up of our main character but I found her fl 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 life of Lady Arabella Stuart who was destined to succeed Elizabeth 1 to the English throne For her protection she is taken to rural Derbyshire at Hardwick I loved this as we used to live near Hardwick Hall and visited on many occasions so this brought the backdrop much realistic for me The second story looks at Ami who ha. Arbella Stuart is trapped behind the towering 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 .

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