This is the story of Isabel Stanhope, the daughter of a seventeenth-century English Catholic family, who becomes involved with the dangerous political and religious factions of the day. An English heroine. - Katharine McMahon writes about the real lives of women from the past. - Strong narrative, vividly-drawn characters and a historical setting. Entertaining and romantic. A more intelligent novel than Moggach's Tulip Fever but just as entertaining. - Based in part on the true story of Mary Ward, one of the seventeenth century's most adventurous, infuriating and inspirational women. A lost feminist icon, a pioneer educationalist and an energetic advocate of the rights of women in a world where even well-bred women were expected to remain silent and subservient.
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Katharine McMahon is the author of three previous novels, A Way Through the Woods, Footsteps and Confinement.Review:
'Katharine McMahon writes in a mellifluous, often poetic style and headily evokes the Jacobean age - to such a degree that I felt absorbed into Isabel's world and the places where she lived.' Alison Weir, author of The Six Wives of Henry VIII 'This is a story of passion, power - and dashed hopes. A tale to conjure with, down to its last final twist.' Lavinia Byrne, author and broadcaster
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