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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Fremantle Narrator: Georgina Sutton, Roy McMillan Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2015 ISBN: 9781442387584
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From historical romance author Elizabeth Fremantle comes the mesmerizing story of Lady Penelope Devereux—the daring young beauty in the Tudor court who inspired Sir Philip Sidney’s famous sonnets even while she plotted against Queen Elizabeth.

Penelope Devereux arrives at Queen Elizabeth’s court where she and her brother, the Earl of Essex, are drawn into the aging queen’s favor. Young and naïve, Penelope, though promised elsewhere, falls in love with Philip Sidney who pours his heartbreak into the now classic sonnet series Astrophil and Stella. But Penelope is soon married off to a man who loathes her. Never fainthearted, she chooses her moment and strikes a deal with her husband: after she gives birth to two sons, she will be free to live as she chooses, with whom she chooses. But she is to discover that the course of true love is never smooth.

Meanwhile Robert Cecil, ever loyal to Elizabeth, has his eye on Penelope and her brother. Although it seems the Earl of Essex can do no wrong in the eyes of the Queen, as his influence grows, so his enemies gather. Penelope must draw on all her political savvy to save her brother from his own ballooning ambition and Cecil’s trap, while daring to plan for an event it is treason even to think about.

Unfolding over the course of two decades and told from the perspectives of Penelope and her greatest enemy, the devious politician Cecil, Watch the Lady chronicles the last gasps of Elizabeth’s reign, and the deadly scramble for power in a dying dynasty.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Fremantle manages to combine pacey storytelling with superb background…terrifically entertaining.”

    Sunday Times (London)

  • “Gripping.”

    Woman and Home

  • “Rich and enticing.”

    Stylist

  • “This is a superbly written novel…Fremantle is surely a major new voice in historical fiction and this book is the answer to the question about what Hilary Mantel fans should read while waiting for the final part of her trilogy.”

    Bookseller

  • “Intrigue, romance, and treachery abound in Fremantle’s debut novel…This compulsively readable fictional biography of the ultimate survivor is infused with the type of meticulous attention to historical detailing that discerning fans of Alison Weir and Philippa Gregory have come to expect in the Tudor canon.”

    Booklist

  • “Georgina Sutton and Roy McMillan…give admirable performances. Both narrators present their characters confidently and make choices that seem in line with those made by Fremantle in her crafting of the story. Fans of Tudor fiction can’t go wrong with this engaging story ably told.”

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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

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.

Roy McMillan is a director, writer, actor, and an Earphones Award–winning narrator. Among his audiobook readings are Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes, A Dog’s Heart by Mikhail Bulgakov, and The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx.