Fremantle's The Girl in the Glass Tower is a stunning historical thriller set in the chaos leading up to the death of Elizabeth I.
Tap. Tap. Tap on the window. Something, someone wanting to be heard. Waiting to be free.
Tudor England. The word treason is on everyone's lips. Arbella Stuart, niece to Mary, Queen of Scots, and presumed successor to Elizabeth I, has spent her youth behind the towering windows of Hardwick Hall. As presumed successor to the throne, her isolation should mean protection - but those close to the crown are never safe.
Aemilia Lanyer, writer and poet, enjoys an independence denied to Arbella. Their paths should never cross. But when Arbella enlists Aemilia's help in a bid for freedom, she risks more than her own future. Ensnared in another woman's desperate schemes, Aemilia must tread carefully or share her terrible fate....
The Girl in the Glass Tower brilliantly explores what it means to be born a woman in a man's world, where destiny is strictly controlled and the smallest choices may save - or destroy - us.
"A glamourous tale peopled by warrior poets, flamboyant courtiers and shameless loves. Sharp, perceptive and dramatic." ( Sunday Express)
"Fascinating." ( History Girls)
"Enthralling." ( Historia)
"The combination of depth, intelligence and real historical imagination that Fremantle brings to bear on the lesser-known (but immensely powerful) women of the Tudor era is unmatched." (Manda Scott)
"A wonderful, totally transporting novel that folds you into its world, word by word, page by page. I absolutely loved this book." (Eve Chase, acclaimed author of Black Rabbit Hall)
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By Ramona Toy on 28-06-16
Fictional history at its best
I became interested in the story of Arabella Stuart after visiting Hardwick. This book does tell her real story in a fictional way that is so compelling, I found myself drawn in completely, rooting for her cause, hoping for the happy end she had so deserved.
Great performances for a great book
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
By Jenny on 13-09-16
AN EXCELLENT BOOK
The story was compelling and the narration excellent. I really cared about the main characters and what was happening to them. To me this is very important in a story for if you are indifferent to them then you tend not to finish the book. I found myself listening to this at every available time. In fact I listened into the wee hours missing out on my sleep but it was worth it!
Elizabeth Freemantle is an accomplished writer and brings the historical stories to life. To me she's on a par to Philippa Gregory another of my favourite writer's.
I would definitely recommend this book!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By benoibe on 02-01-17
Extraordinary historical fiction
Highly recommended to historical fiction fans. A beautiful and heartbreaking story. Fantastic narration! All of Fremantle's books are excellent. However, I think this is one of her best.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
By Layla Mabbitt on 25-06-16
Fremantle is a strong writer of historical women.
This particular book The Girl In The Glass Tower picks up during the second chapter. It kept me very interested in what happens to Arebella Stuart. I personally had never heard of Arebella, before so appreciated the lesson. Although a fictional account, Fremantle draws on real historical data and draws together a beautiful tale. I enjoyed it.
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