Friday, 20 October 2017

The Queen's Mary by Sarah Gristwood

The Queen's Mary by Sarah Gristwood
Published in the UK by Endeavour Press in July 2017.

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In 1548 four little girls, all called Mary, set sail from Scotland for France. At five years old, they are already primed to serve another girl called Mary: Mary, Queen of Scots.

Amongst them is Mary Seton, who becomes the Queen’s lady-in- waiting. Upon their return to an unwelcoming Scotland, Queen Mary struggles to take control of her turbulent country, and she finds herself set on the path of violence and disaster which will lead eventually to her tragic end. But what of the other four Marys, bound inexorably to their mistress' fate?

Torn between her own desires and her duty to serve her mistress, Mary Seton is ultimately drawn into her Queen's web of passion and royal treachery. Must she choose between survival, or sharing the same fate as the woman she has served, loyally and lovingly, since a child?

The Queen’s Mary is an engaging and insightful novel, allowing readers to peek behind the curtain of history and see into the heart and mind of a forgotten woman who helped shape the Tudor era.

Critical acclaim for The Queen’s Mary:
“Sarah Gristwood breathes new life into the deeply tragic story of Mary Queen of Scots by telling it through the perspective of the invisible woman who sacrificed her life to serve her.”
Elizabeth Freemantle, bestselling author of The Girl in the Glass Tower

Critical acclaim for Sarah Gristwood:
“This is an enthralling account of an extraordinary life”– Spectator
“Gristwood is a mistress of the trivial detail that enthrals”– Sunday Times

Meet The Author

A regular media commentator on royal and historical affairs, Sarah Gristwood was one of the team providing Radio 4’s live coverage of the royal wedding; and has since spoken on royal and historical stories from the royal babies to the reburial of Richard III for national television and radio.

Shortlisted for both the Marsh Biography Award and the Ben Pimlott Prize for Political Writing, she is a Fellow of the RSA, and an Honorary Patron of Historic Royal Palaces. Sarah is the bestselling author of Blood Sisters, The Story of Beatrix Potter and Game of Queens.

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