Two historical fiction writers discuss the theme of betrayal with historian, Dr Helen Fry.
In Fiona Mountain's Cavalier Queen, Queen Henrietta Maria's love of another man whilst married to King Charles I sustains her through days of betrayal, destitution and death. While, set at the time of Queen Elizabeth I's visit to Kenilworth Castle in 1575, Victoria Lamb's novel, The Queen's Secret, explores Elizabeth's feelings for Robert Dudley, the Earl of Leicester, the man she turns to first in a crisis and loves. Yet she fears his lust for power and what he would do to get it.
Fiona Mountain is a novelist whose work has been published around the world. Her first novel, Isabella, was short-listed for the Romantic Novel of the Year Award in 2000. It was followed with Pale as the Dead and Bloodline, the latter the winner of the prestigious Mary Higgins Clark Award. She returned to historical fiction in 2009 with Lady of the Butterflies, set in 17th century England, and remains in that era with her latest novel, Cavalier Queen.
Victoria Lamb is a poet and novelist. Happiest when translating poetry from a dead language or recreating a rich Tudor scene, her debut historical novel The Queen's Secret is set during Elizabeth I's visit to Kenilworth Castle in July 1575.
Dr Helen Fry is an historian and biographer who has written over 20 books, including Churchill's German Army, Music & Men, Freuds' War, From Dachau to D-Day, and Inside Nuremberg Prison. She is currently engaged on a number of script-writing projects based on her work, for film and TV.
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