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Queen's Lender

'Royal court intrigue at its finest.' – Historical Writers Association

'A stunning novel about the birth of the United Kingdom that demonstrates the scholarship of the author, as well as her imaginative power.' – Richard Holloway
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George Heriot, jeweller to King James VI and I, moves with the Court from Edinburgh to London to take over the English throne. It is 1603. Life is a Babel of languages and glittering new wealth. The Scottish court speaks Danish, German, Middle Scots, French and Latin. King James gives Shakespeare his first secure position, and to calm the perfidious religious tensions, he commissions his translation of the Bible.George becomes wealthier than the king as he creates a fashion for hat jewels and mingles with Drummond of Hawthornden, Ben Johnson, Inigo Jones and the mysterious ambassador Luca Von Modrich... However both king and courtier bow before the power invested in their wives.

Detalii

Editura:
An apariție: 2024
Nr. pagini: 201
Dimensiuni: 20 x 13 cm

Recenzii

"Historical novels tend to be colossal in size, laden--and sometimes weighed down--with facts and descriptions. But Findlay's nimble work clocks in at less than 200 pages without losing any of its appeal. A playwright and journalist, she makes every word count in this entertaining retelling of Scottish history. . . . Findlay's seamless narrative weaves confidently through court intrigue and hard economic realities. . . . She leaves the reader wishing for more, which is really all a writer can hope for. A slim but intriguing view of the court of James VI of Scotland." --Kirkus Reviews


"With a wonderful insight into life in 17th-century Edinburgh and London, The Queen's Lender is about power, suspicion, religious strife, persecution, and conspiracy. Fast-paced, informative, gripping and beautifully written, seen through the turbulent years of the reign of James VI of Scotland and I of England. Royal court intrigue at its finest.' - Historical Writers Association

'A joy to read. In George Heriot - Edinburgh goldsmith, royal jeweller, and philanthropist - Findlay has found an everyman through whom we all get access to the weird world of royalty. Her novel captures the domestic wit and warmth, alongside the casual brutality of the court of James VI of Scotland and I of England. Beautifully pitched between the homeliness and the haughtiness of the Shakespearean era - and often very funny.' - Sarah Fraser, author of The Prince who would be King.

'A stunning novel about the birth of the United Kingdom that demonstrates the scholarship of the author, as well as her imaginative power' - Richard Holloway

'Findlay excels in conveying the nature of a place, be it the Queen's own private chamber, an Edinburgh close, a fragrant garden, or a claustrophobic cabin in a ship at sea. We are there, we smell the flowers and the fish, we see the vomit.' -The Edinburgh Reporter

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