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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 l. 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 has been exiled from court and whose story becomes 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 fiction even 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 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 most endearing of women As I couldn t warm to herthis reduced some of the enjoyment for me hence the 4

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Ove who she wants to wear a man's trousers and ride 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 dead. 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 court of James I

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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 s. 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 wall so went a common saying about this large Elizabethan country house Built at a time when glass was exceptionally expensive it was the pride of Bess of Hardwick Countess of Shrewsbury the richest woman in England after the ueen herself If you look carefully in the photo above you can see her initials ES for Elizabeth Shrewsbury atop many of the towers she knew how to stake her claim It s now a National Trust property and Mark and I paid a visit to Hardwick Hall and its grounds on our trip to England in 2014 Portraits of its former residents the country s monarchs and other English notables grace the interior walls If you get the opportunity to see it in person goElizabeth Fremantle s The Girl in the Glass Tower delves into the life story of another Elizabethan woman who resided there but whose story was tragedy than triumph Lady Arbella Stuart granddaughter of both Bess of Hardwick and Margaret Douglas Henry VIII s niece Though she s a minor figure now for much of her lifetime Arbella was considered a likely successor to Elizabeth I Her royal lineage proved to be a terrible burden Other parties wrought conspiracies around her for their own ends and her long lived grandmother Bess kept her under tight control ostensibly for her own protection While some of Arbella s decisions cost her dearly Fremantle shows in no uncertain terms how her behavior was a natural result of the restrictive environment she enduredHalf of the novel comprises Arbella s memoir written in Jacobean times while incarcerated in the Tower of London where she looks out on the courtyard from above recollecting her too short life which comprises constant reminders of the impossibility of freedom Her mother died when she was a child and her female role models are few Her aunt Mary ueen of Scots is executed as a traitor An earlier potential successor to Elizabeth s throne the late Katherine Grey had married against the ueen s wishes and paid a great priceThe stories of these women are threaded through the novel s melancholy atmosphere they haunt Arbella and remind her of their fate which could also be hersRaised by Bess of Hardwick to be a future ueen Arbella grows up too aware of her position leading to missteps that make her appear haughty In this world of plots and counterplots political and religious she does have loyal servants and loving relatives but not everyone family included has her best interests at heartAlternating sections introduce Aemilia Lanyer called Ami a talented poet banished from court because King James didn t approve of her feminist writing Left impoverished after her spendthrift husband s death and determined to conceal the identity of her son Hal s true father Ami contends with a treacherously nosy neighbor and unwanted advances from her landlord I particularly enjoyed how the subplot involving these characters turned out The two women s tales are nicely harmonized Their lives intersect at a few critical moments and it s only after Arbella s death and she reads her memoir that Ami truly knows the person who Arbella was The Girl in the Glass Tower is a deep intimate exploration of a little known royal woman s life


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 to ueen Elizabeth's throne imprisoned in a glass tower at Hardwick Hall by the ambitious and scheming Bess Ha

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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

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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 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 be

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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 althou

  5. says:

    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 l

  6. says:

    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 becam

  7. says:

    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 court of James I

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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 Stuar

  9. says:

    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 t

  10. says:

    It's difficult to write uality historical fiction based on true events and I think that Elizabeth Fremantle did a good job

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