Traitor's Kiss by Pauline Francis
  

Traitor's Kiss

Written by Pauline Francis

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The dangers for the young princess at court are brilliantly captured in this nail-biting story of how the young Elizabeth keeps herself safe following the execution of her mother, Anne Boleyn. Held captive and taunted with malicious rumours, Elizabeth tells of her imprisonment and of her fears of being killed for witchcraft following the rumours of her mother’s dark skills in enchanting Kind Henry VIII. Full of palace intrigue and shot through with dark magic, this is a thrilling true story of a feisty young girl’s fight for survival. This is a new masterpiece of historical fiction from the bestselling author of Raven Queen.

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Traitor's Kiss by Pauline Francis

After the death of her father, Henry VIII, a young Elizabeth journeys to London to live with her father's widow, Katherine Parr, and her new husband, Thomas Seymour, brother-in-law to King Edward. Surrounded by malicious whisperings of her late mother's witchcraft, Elizabeth is desperate to escape suspicion and discover the truth about her mother. A young stranger asserting Anne's Boleyn's innocence sends her on search a that takes her on a dangerous midnight journey to Bedlam, the hospital for the insane, to meet her mother's former lady-in-waiting. This encounter changes the way she views her mother - and herself. Meanwhile, at home, Elizabeth's reputation is increasingly under threat, as her stepfather Thomas Seymour makes unwanted advances toward her. Her stepmother witnesses a kiss and Elizabeth is sent back to Hertfordshire in disgrace. Here she falls seriously ill and rumours abound that she is hiding a pregnancy. When Thomas Seymour is arrested for treason in a plot to overthrow King Edward, Elizabeth is implicated by association. Now it is up to her to defend her integrity - and her life...

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'Full of palace intrigue and shot through with dark magic, this is a thrilling story of a feisty young girl's fight for survival' - Julia Eccleshare, Lovereading4kids; 'Traitor's Kiss by Pauline Francis, with its shades of Philippa Gregory or Jean Plaidy, tells the story of the teenaged Elizabeth I struggling with friendships, burgeoning sexuality, the ghost of her executed mother and the horror of having so few people to trust' - The Independent; 'Traitor's Kiss is a prime example of what I think YA historical should be and do. It is brilliantly engaging with characters that you are able to relate to easily. The story gives you a really good insight to the times it is set in without overburdening you with tiny details. Finally the storyline is nice and pacey which keeps you wanting to read page after page...Certainly a book I would recommend and an author I will be keeping an eye out for in the future' - The Overflowing Library; 'The story is really well written and the reader is drawn into young Elizabeth's struggles in this compelling story. The historical background is authentic and it is interesting to see this earlier period in the Queen's life covered' - Parents in Touch; 'Well written and paints a very sympathetic picture of Elizabeth as a young girl who has been manipulated and used by a powerful, charismatic and ambitious man, but a girl who showed maturity and skill beyond her years to outface her interrogators' - Carousel'

About the Author

Pauline Francis

Pauline Francis's books include Drake's Drummer Boy, The Little Giant: the Story of Isambard Kingdom Brunel and Television Man: the Story of John Logie Baird. Jane Tattersfield has illustrated three books accompanying television series: The India File, Celebrating India and Stories of Faith, as well as some of the Dress Sense costume books for Belitha Press. Her first children's picture book was Angela McAllister's Felix and the Dragon.

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Format

Paperback
288 pages
Interest Age: 13 years +

Author

Pauline Francis
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Author's Website

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Publisher

Usborne Publishing Ltd

Publication date

1st July 2011

ISBN

9781409527411

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