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4.33 out of 54.33 out of 54.33 out of 54.33 out of 54.33 out of 5 4.33 (1 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Fremantle Narrator: Teresa Gallagher, Georgina Sutton, Rachel Bavidge Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2014 ISBN: 9781442377264
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From the author of Queen’s Gambit comes a gripping historical novel about two sisters who tread as dangerously close to the crown as their tragic sister, Lady Jane Grey, executed after just nine days on the throne.

Early in Mary Tudor’s turbulent reign, Lady Catherine and Lady Mary Grey are reeling after the brutal execution of their elder seventeen-year-old sister, Lady Jane Grey, and the succession is by no means stable. In Sisters of Treason, Elizabeth Freemantle brings these young women to life in a spellbinding Tudor tale of love and politics.

Neither sister is well suited to a dangerous life at court. Flirtatious Lady Catherine, thought to be the true heir, cannot control her compulsion to love and be loved. Her sister, clever Lady Mary, has a crooked spine and a tiny stature in an age when physical perfection equates to goodness—and both girls have inherited the Tudor blood that is more curse than blessing. For either girl to marry without royal permission would be a potentially fatal political act. It is the royal portrait painter, Levina Teerlinc, who helps the girls survive these troubled times. She becomes their mentor and confidante, but when the queen’s sister, the hot-headed Elizabeth, inherits the crown, life at court becomes increasingly treacherous for the surviving Grey sisters. Ultimately each young woman must decide how far she will go to defy her queen, risk her life, and find the safety and love she longs for.

Sisters of Treason brings to vivid life the perilous and romantic lives of two little known young women who played a major role in the complex politics of their day.

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  • “Most historical fiction fans are familiar with the story of Lady Jane Grey, the Tudor pawn who spent nine days on the English throne before being usurped by Mary I, but few know what became of her two sisters, Catherine and Mary, in the tumult of royal succession after Edward VI’s death…Told from the perspectives of these three women, the novel presents a picture of court life full of secret affairs, treasonous plots, and very real dangers. Tudor fiction fans will enjoy Fremantle’s fresh take, marked by solid writing and absorbing detail.”

    Library Journal

  • “In her second novel set in sixteenth-century Tudor England, Fremantle imagines the lives of three historically obscure women: Katherine and Mary Grey, who have claims to the throne, and Levina Teerlinc, the court painter who looks out for them…Inventive, finely detailed.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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  • 4.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 5 | 1/29/2017

    " ooooooo! These women will make you so grateful to not have been scheming for the throne back then! Great book! "

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About the Author
Elizabeth Fremantle is the author of Sisters of Treason, Queen’s Gambit, and Watch the Lady, and has contributed to Vogue, The Wall Street Journal, Vanity Fair, The Sunday Times (London), and other publications. She has also reviewed fiction for The Sunday Express. She lives in London, England.
About the Narrators

Teresa Gallagher has performed in many leading roles in both plays and musicals across the country, London’s West End, and Broadway. In addition, she is a well-known voice to listeners of BBC Radio Drama. Her work on film includes The Misadventures of Margaret and Mike Leigh’s Topsy Turvy. She has read numerous audiobooks throughout her career, including the Biography of Jane Austen by Elizabeth Jenkins and selections from The Decameron by Boccaccio, and has earned two AudioFile Earphones Awards.

Georgina Sutton trained at Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. She has toured extensively with repertory theaters around the UK and has appeared in numerous pantomimes. Film credits include The Gallery and voiceover work for a 3G Mobile documentary. Her audiobook narration includes recording course and instruction manuals as learning tools.

Rachel Bavidge was born in North Shields, England, and moved to Oxford in her early teens. She has narrated numerous audiobooks and completed six months as a member of the BBC Radio Drama Company. Theater credits include Mrs. Boyle in Whose Life is it Anyway? and Margaret in Much Ado, both directed by Peter Hall. Television credits include The BillCasualty, Doctors, The IT CrowdInspector Lynley, Wire in the Blood, and Bad Girls.